Swedish symphonic power metallers Majestica have signed onto Nuclear Blast Records and have also announced a new record, Above the Sky, set for release in Summer 2019.
Majestica were formed under the former name ReinXeed by current Sabaton guitarist Tommy Johansson in 2000. They went through numerous lineup changes throughout their history, but their current lineup also includes of Alexander Ortiz (Guitar) and Christopher Davidsson (Bass). Tommy mans the guitars as well as the vocals, which he has shown off before in ReinXeed as well as being Twilight Force’s stand-in in Fall 2017.
The band had released six full length albums before Tommy joined Sabaton in 2016, which put ReinXeed on the backburner.
“It’s been many years since we last released an album, so we decided to ‘start over’ as a new band, Majestica, instead. It’s not only a majestic and epic name for a power metal band from Sweden, it’s also a tribute to the album Majestic that we released with ReinXeed in 2010. We came up with it and it sounded great, it felt perfect for this kind of music and just feels right.”
Tommy, on the band’s sound:
“People can expect real power metal in the vein of Helloween, Stratovarius, and Gamma Ray, but also great symphonic parts with catchy melodies and choruses with a lot of choral arrangements, guitar solos, beautiful inflections and of course – high pitched vocals like Michael Kiske, Timo Kotipelto and Sebastian Bach.”
While the band is currently a trio, they scored ex-Helloween drummer Uli Kusch to record the drums for their upcoming album.
Tommy on having Kusch’s:
“It was a huge honour and his drums make this album sound more alive than any album I’ve ever recorded with any other band before. Since many songs are inspired by Helloween and Gamma Ray it just felt right to have his drumming and input on the songs.”
With a new name, a new label, and a new record coming, Majestica should be on the radar of every power metal fan.
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