Saturday 13 January 2018
Majestic - Ataraxia (2010)
The fourth album from this US band.
Majestic is Jeff Hamel's solo project. He does bass, keyboards, guitars and some vocals here.
He has got help from six other musicians who provides drums, guitars, bass and female vocals.
I have not had the chance to hear the first three Majestic albums. But I have the last five albums and I will review them this winter/you can find my reviews of the four other albums somewhere else in this blog.
Listed as a neo-prog band in ProgArchives, Majestic comes up with an album which is far more than that. Far far far more than that.
Take Pink Floyd from the David Gilmour era, add some Porcupine Tree... then you find the basis of this album. On the top of that, add samples, some hard chugging guitars in the progressive metal vein and some electronica.
There is a lot of female vocals here too. Which is a good thing. There is also a lot of guitars and keyboards too.
This album is close to being eighty minutes long. I suspect this being some sort of a concept album. But I am not sure. This album is a very big mouthful and not everything is good here. It feels a bit overblown and there is some dead woods in these eighty minutes.
The result is an album I would rate between decent and good. Those of you into musical adventures should check out this album.