Majestica – “A Christmas Carol”

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Jan 222021
 

To be frank and honest I normally not the biggest fan of Christmas albums, as I feel they often cheesy and smell of record companies trying to make money out of a seasonal event. A lot of time they come across rushed and thin in originality. So I often do not pay much attention to them. I will be honest when this arrived on my desk I was like oh why me?! Why do they want to punish me? Don’t get me wrong I don’t dislike Christmas music, but to be honest most of it’s really rubbish. So I decided to give the Symphonic/power metaller’s Majestica the benefit of the doubt, mainly due to their linage of exceptional musical talent. Also a huge fan of Tommy, so was not about to cast him into a pit of fire for making a Christmas al

It’s a pity I did not get this during the Christmas period, as this is a nice stocking find. Look it’s not the first time a metal Christmas album has been done, and some of have been real toilet releases, besides I actually do like the few Rob Holford’s Christmas releases because quality is always stellar. 2020 saw a rapid increase of Christmas albums, possibly due to time on hand because of the pandemic. So a lot more albums to vomit over. This moves me to “A Christmas Carol” by Majestica, formerly known as ReinXeed (Changed name when signed to Nuclear Blast in 2019) which one can hear from the extent of musicianship and quality of arrangements was an ambitious project, which was not quickly mashed potatoed together to fill the stomach of the band or the label. It is filled with showmanship and quality offering a really decent Christmas power metal project. The album see’s Majestica take on the beloved holiday fable of Ebenzer Scrooge and his journey to find meaning in Christmas. In some ways this musical endeavour reminds me like those Christmas movies that actually put a real smile on your face, not the fake one from getting that horrible knitted jersey from your aunt type that she want you to immediately show off to the neighbourhood.

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Nov 272020
 

Swedish power metal band, Majestica, announces “A Christmas Carol” Christmas calendar with the following message:

“Get ready for the Majestica Christmas Calendar! We will surprise you with very special content everyday from December 1st until December 24th, telling the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ from start to finish! Each day you will find a new piece of the story on all our socials. Make sure to check the calendar everyday for some giveaways, too.”

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Oct 132020
 

Majestica have announced a new album!

Titled “A Christmas Carol,” the upcoming album from the Swedish power metal band is a Christmas themed album and is expected to be released later this year, via Nuclear Blast Records. The release of the new album comes hot on the heels of the band’s last album, “Above The Sky,” which was released last year.

The upcoming album features the inclusion of plenty of well‐known Christmas songs and the overall theme is the well‐known story of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. The music was written, recorded and produced by the band at Nygård, Ekshärad during the summer of 2020. Mixing and mastering of this album was made by Jonas Kjellgren [Scar Symmetry, Raubtier] at Black Lounge Studios.

Speaking about the upcoming album, vocalist Tommy Johansson says, “a silly dream of mine has finally come true. For many years I’ve wanted to release a Christmas album, because the atmosphere around Christmas is always so peaceful and music with a clear Christmas theme is always beautiful and very well‐written. The reason why we chose to make a musical album with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge is very simple – it’s a great story to tell around Christmas and it works so well as a musical. And with the help of different voice actors and singers we made it possible for this to happen – we’re very happy with the result.”

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Sep 062019
 

The fourth trailer for “Shaped By Fire”, the seventh album from California metallers As I Lay Dying, can be seen below. “Shaped By Fire”, will be released on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The disc was produced by the band and was mixed by Joseph McQueen at Sparrow Sound in Los Angeles, California, while mastering was completed by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The only exception was for the track “My Own Grave”, which was producepd by As I Lay Dying, co-produced by Drew Fulk and mixed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood. The artwork was created by Corey Meyers.

Guitarist Nick Hipa comments: “The message of hope is something the we’ve been really happy to share through a positive charity like HeartSupport which exists solely to connect with young people who are dealing with a lot of things. The song ‘Redefined’ deals with taking those worst moment of your life, in your history and redefining what they meant to you and that’s hopefully this is what the video conveys, what our work with HeartSupport conveys and what our activity and existence as AS I LAY DYING achieves.”
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Aug 302019
 

The third trailer for “Shaped By Fire”, the seventh album from California metallers As I Lay Dying, can be seen below. “Shaped By Fire”, will be released on September 20 via Nuclear Blast Records. The disc was produced by the band and was mixed by Joseph McQueen at Sparrow Sound in Los Angeles, California, while mastering was completed by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville, Tennessee. The only exception was for the track “My Own Grave”, which was producepd by As I Lay Dying, co-produced by Drew Fulk and mixed by Adam “Nolly” Getgood. The artwork was created by Corey Meyers.

Guitarist Phil Sgrosso comments: “‘My Own Grave’ feels like a really special song for us considering we hadn’t put out any material in seven years. We knew that we had to put out something that could stand alone because it actually was standing alone, being just a single as opposed to a whole album that was backing it up. There’s a pretty conscious effort amongst all of us to include kind of all the elements that define our sound with every instrument.” Continue reading »