Thy Majestie - Dawn review
|Release date:||September 2008|
01. As You Fall
04. The Hunt
05. The Legacy Suite
1 - Of Pain And Disgrace
2 - To an Endless Devotion
3 - Inferis Armata
4 - Two Minutes Hate
5 - The Legacy
06. Out The Edge
07. Day Of The Changes
08. Through Heat And Fire
As with all things in life, sometimes you never know when you will be surprised. Thy Majestie are a somewhat unknown Power band from Palermo in northern Italy. Their 2002 album Hastings 1066 blew me away with its symphonic recount of the Battle Of Hastings, the war in which William of Normandy broke the battle lines of the British Isles and from there on succeeded in dominating the region. After this brilliant release, in my opinion one of the best Power records in history, the band stood on fairly rocky ground. Vocalist Dario Grillo's inability to stay with the band for a long enough period's of time left Thy Majestie constantly seeking members and producing 2005's lackluster Jeanne D'Arc. This historical retelling, while having some memorable moments, could not stand alongside the band's earlier work.
Enter self-taught vocalist Dario Cascio, newly permanent second formidable guitarist Simone Campione and excellent session-synth player Giuseppe Bondì. This line-up cements Thy Majestie's new Dawn. A theme album in a sense, dealing with depression, war, destruction of the planet and leaving behind the historical story-telling of the previous releases. The record is segmented into three chapters; Trapasso (Eng: Transfer) - Exequies (Funeral Ceremonies) Of The Formal Sphere, Rovina (Eng: Destruction or ruin) - The Neverending Night and Vendetta (Eng: Revenge) - A New Dawn. The first chapter is made up of four strong power tracks, including the instrumental track "Dawn." The second chapter is made up of the five-part Legacy Suite, where each part seamlessly moves between tracks at a great pace with highlights like "To An Endless Devotion" and "Two Minutes Hate." The Legacy Suite has some excellent symphonic breakdowns and is fairly casually followed by "Out The Edge." The last chapter of the album is made up of two tracks, "Day Of The Changes," another memorable track which takes no issue in experimenting with Göteborg drumming, and the ballad "Through Heat And Fire" using synthesised vocals and showing the groups often subtle religious influences, wondering where the messiah is.
Thy Majestie has put together a great record, a band that in all honesty is genuine and not afraid to experiment inside the power metal mould with progressive, symphonic and other influences while sticking to the establishments of the group's founding members. While not the most original record you will hear, the strength of the songs and the band's ability to stay fresh in an often dead scene makes Dawn a surprising gem.
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