Power of Metal.dk Review

Majesty of Revival
Iron Gods
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 17 January, 2014
Playing time: 67:49

This is my first acquaintance with this Ukranian band. Bandleader is Dimitriye Pavlovsky (lead guitar, backing vocals). What's also special about this band is that they have two lead singers, Konstantin Naumenko (vocals on track 2,4,5,6,8,9) and Oleksa Dynnyk. Their sound is different, but both fall within the powerful clean genre. Oleksa sounds a bit lower (Goran Edman style), Konstantin has a higher style, a bit more in Sonata Arctica tradition (Kakko).

The music is a mix of progressive metal with neo-classical parts and with rather upfront keys. Besides that there are nice piano parts and an occasional grunt, symphonic elements and part of songs with heavy guitar riffs leaning towards thrash. "Masked Illusion Part II & III" is divided in an instrumental part in which the musicians go all the way to show their skills and a singing part. First half of the song has high speed hunting guitar soli varied with keyboard soli.

In general the songs with Konstantin are rather fast, while songs with Oleka, like "Lost Empire" and "Edge of Sanity" are a bit slower and sound a bit darker. If you are a fan of bands like Adagio, Majesty, Sonata Arctica, Magic Kingdom and Iron Mask you have a fine mix here. Certainly the band can make some steps in song writing department, but I couldn't find a song below average. Some tracks top others and some songs would perhaps be better off being a bit shorter.

Nevertheless a nice album!

01. Nameless Guest
02. Infernal Greys
03. Lost Empire
04. Nocturnus Gate
05. Wicked Game
06. Close Your Eyes
07. Edge of Sanity
08. Masked Illusion Part II & III
09. Iron Gods
10. Mad Song
Label: Power Prog
Distribution: Power Prog
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 11 January, 2014
Website: www.majestyofrevival.bandcamp.com