CD Reviews

Majestic - 'V.O.Z.' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/90/72/98/majestic-voz-10-1381607240.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 12, 2013    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
448   1   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Title

Label

Majestic really are a quietly special progressive rock act.

Through their last brace of albums 'Arrival' and 'Ataraxia', this US based band has graced us with music thoroughly meriting the name Majestic. With their latest offering 'V.O.Z.', which actually first emerged into the daylight at the tail end of last year, Majestic have gone the whole hog and created a double CD set containing a wide and varied selection of what falls under the banner "prog". In essence this is actually a one man project, Jeff Hamel writing all of the music and lyrics as well as playing all manner of guitars and keyboards, although Mike Kosecek provides percussion. A host of vocalists, David Cagle, Tara Morgan, Chris Hodges and Celine Derval, are however Hamel's secret weapon. The quartet adding a real depth to music that nods to the English traditional prog of Genesis or Yes, contains a hint of the more modern approach of Porcupine Tree or Spock's Beard, blusters through the (restrained) Metallic tendencies of Dream Theater, whilst having a keyboard focus reminiscent of some of Mike Oldfield's work.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music


Disc one is a ten part conceptual piece describing a journey (whether that be a physical or mental journey is open to the listener's interpretation), by utilising some ranging percussive work to lay the foundations from which Hamel consistently pits his precise guitar playing against his keyboard contributions. The results are quite superb, with the emotions evoked ranging from brash aggression to introspective beauty. 'VOZ-III Approaching Storm' shows off the instrumental forays to the max, while 'VOZ-V Whispers' allows Tara Morgan to fully extend her vocal powers, while the music adds an equally involving counterpoint.

Disc two offers another seven stand alone songs, with the less flowing style allowing for a few surprises, the likes of 'Becoming' booming into being on a riff that wouldn't be out of place on '1987' by Whitesnake, although the vocal from Celine Derval unfortunately struggles to match its potency. 'Hyperbole' lives up to its name, using screeching guitar bursts against angular keyboard stabs to superbly exaggerate its effects to the full, while 'Red Skies' brings this lengthy two disc excursion to a fitting close, the seventeen minute epic segueing from Jarre like synth pulses to a Zeppelin rifferama; Derval offering up a far more fitting vocal in the process.

Majestic really are a quietly special progressive rock act – let 'V.O.Z.' shout loud and proud to spread their word.

Steven Reid

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  November 2014  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 day, 11 hours ago
  • Dean : Hello all not been on for a while I'm still alive and a rocking
  • BLM : Ten double LPs due by early December - well in time for Xmas. Order your copies at www.firefestofficial.com ... great extras!!!
  • BLM : In Faith initial order sold out on Amazon UK .. new stock being shipped this week. The GREAT reviews just keep coming!!
  • Berny : Check out Carl's Firefest Final Fling thread in the FORUM!
  • Franco : hey Graham. Brad Sinsal (TKO/War Babies) is also in a supergroup of sorts called The McClellans, that also featured Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Sceaming Trees bassist Keith Lowe. I heard they released a CD back in 2013, but not much is known about it. I do know that Brad and Mike have done acoustic work together, doing a few shows. Brad also appeared on a CD called 'Thrasher: Super Sessions' from 1985 (I think) that also featured Billy Sheehan, Rhett Forrester, Kenny Aaronson, and s
  • Graham : HI GUYS ! QUESTION DOES ANYONE KNOW IF BRAD SINSAL OF TKO SUICIDE SQUAD WAR BABIES HAS RELEASED ANY THING SINCE BABIES I KNOW THE LAST I HEARD HE WAS IN A BAND CALLED AMERICAN STANDARD ?
  • Berny : @ BadAssBoots: All this effort (and complaints) for a promo text in the shoutbox? Why didn't you send us a press release?
  • BadAssBoots : Boogie On The Bayou ... co - written by Martin Samuel (lyric) when in New Orleans, LA and Lisa Nemzo (music) then in Marina del Rey, CA ... was recorded by Bad Ass Boots and released by Dream Wild Records. «link»
  • Berny : Check out Paul Jerome Smith's latest blog: Another Moment in Time & Space (15). Great read, as always!
  • Berny : Apologies for today's downtime due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work.
  • STARFIRE : R.I.P. Jimi Jamison... : - (
  • Berny : 3500+ reviews on Rocktopia!
  • Berny : Check out the Rocktopia Podcast presented by Steve Price. It rocks!!! :)
  • Franco : our music world has lost another great one. rest in forever peace, Jimi
  • KI2000 : Rest in peace.
  • LeChef : R.I.P. Jimi :. - (
  • Idiosyncrasy : Rest in peace Jimi Jamison.
  • Hysteria : Great stuff!
  • Berny : TEN return with 'ALBION' ... on ROCKTOPIA RECORDS!
  • Naroth316 : hell - o
  • Berny : Welcome Nelu! ;)
  • nelu.tand : Hello
  • Berny : Hi Axldobby, welcome back! :)
  • Axldobby : Hi from Brittany! Hope everybody is fine! :)
  • Berny : Fireworks 65 is out now!
  • KI2000 : Thanks for the videos!
  • Hysteria : @ oldfanoldfan: You are absolutely right!
  • LeChef : @oldfanoldfan: +1
  • oldfanoldfan : btw, I disagree, sad when someone passes, but the art lives on forever, and I think is an act of love to show his art, but just my opinion, not trying to create a debate.
  • oldfanoldfan : thanks for the videos!!!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Hit Counter

mod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_countermod_vvisit_counter
mod_vvisit_counterToday1759
mod_vvisit_counterYesterday33250
mod_vvisit_counterThis week165761
mod_vvisit_counterLast week248361
mod_vvisit_counterThis month751022
mod_vvisit_counterLast month909487
mod_vvisit_counterAll days25274298

We have: 159 guests, 47 bots online
Your IP: 54.242.253.192
 , 
Today: Nov 29, 2014

Follow Us

FacebookTwitter