Thy Majestie - ShiHuangDi review
|Release date:||September 2012|
02. Seven Reigns
03. Harbinger Of A New Dawn
04. Siblings Of Tian
05. Walls Of The Emperor
06. Under The Same Sky
10. End Of The Days
I have to admit, I was rather sceptical when I first picked up Thy Majestie's latest album ShiHuangDi. Not that I am familiar with the band's previous material, but it's just that I saw them labelled as "symphonic power metal" and they come from Italy, which led me to think of the massive block of cheese called Rhapsody Of Fire. However, I gave this album a shot anyway in my quest for some quality power metal, which has become rather difficult in recent years.
Instead of cliff-hangers, let's just say I was pleasantly surprised. ShiHuangDi is still symphonic, but unlike many of its peers, it doesn't let it crowd out the "metal" aspect of the music. As opposed to sounding as bombastic as possible with faux orchestrations, this album is aptly produced and big in its own traditional way - just stomp around with meaty guitars and thudding drums with the keys to back you up rather than washing everything away! That all sounds fine and dandy, but while the whole experience is an enjoyable one and is devoid of cringe inducing cheese moments, the whole album comes across as not being memorable enough. "You haven't spun the album a hundred times!" I hear you cry out. Well, if it's memorable, I'd get the irresistible urge to press the repeat button or listen to it again when I have time (or make time for it), and that urge just didn't come to me.
This album is about the first emperor of ancient China that dates back 2000 years ago, so the lyrics are definitely better than your dragon-slaying-warrior ones, but I really wish the music is more related to the lyrics. As it stands, only the interlude and the ending sounds oriental, and it's such wasted potential because the last track with the Chinese sounding influences is simply beautiful. Now imagine those Chinese touches being fully incorporated into the whole album…
A music fan can only dream, yet for now, ShiHuangDi is what it is, which should be of interest to power metal fans. It won't offer anything new that makes it stand much taller than the rest with the X-factor missing in the mix that would make heads turn. Here's hoping that Thy Majestie can expand further musically next time to offer even the casual fan something to rave about.
||Written on 26.10.2012 by Ag Fox loves listening to music but is far from being a prolific writer. This corner just shows how territorial he is.|
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