Saturday, 3 March 2018
Majestic - Epsilon 2 (2014)
The eight album from this US project.
Jeff Hamel on keyboards and guitars had help from a drummer and four vocalists on this album.
This is the same lineup as on the first Epsilon album. You can read my review here.
I get the feeling these two Epsilon albums are a double album. But he released his sixth album V.O.Z as a double album and perhaps discovered that this is a commercial suicide these days. I can understand why split up Epsilon into two albums.
There are also a subtle difference between the two albums. That difference can be found in the artwork itself.
We still get epic, intricate neo-prog bordering to heavy prog, symphonic prog and AOR here. But the music is a lot more uplifting on # 2 than on # 1 of the Epsilon series. Yes, this is two different albums indeed.
The music is indeed very good throughout. It has layers of layers of melodies and is a complex album. It is also one of the better new US albums out there. I hope Jeff Hamel will give us some more albums as Majestic is a very good band.