THY MAJESTIE - The Lasting Power
December 21, 2000, 19 years ago
Not to be confused with the German band ending their name with 'y,' as opposed to 'ie,' this Italian bunch released a concept album as their debut. Either pretentious or extremely risky, the sextet employ many of the requisite power metal elements, down to the good knight vs. black knight cover art. A medieval tale that requires lengthy explanations (provided on the website, not the CD booklet), a narrator does his best to piece together the individual tracks. While 15 cuts are offered, not all are real songs, as some are merely thematic transitions. Wisely, Thy Majic men don't attempt to outrace thy Lamborgini-paced metal of countrymen Rhapsody. Apart from a brief foray into hyper-speed, as on the operatic 'Under Siege' or 'Time To Battle', the band keeps to a more traditional pace. The band credit Kamelot as an influence and the Floridians' output, prior to Fourth Legacy, is a decent comparison, although the authentic middle ages vibe on 'Mystery Of Forest' and the short instrumental 'At The Village' owes more to Blind Guardian.