How can you pass up an album with “Stargazer” as its title?
Black Majesty is from Melbourne, Australia. The band is made up of John Cavaliere on vocals, Steve Janevski and Hanny Mohamed on guitars with Pavel Konvalinka on drums. There is no bassist listed.
Steve Janevski on guitar lists George Lynch, Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Michael Wilton & Chris DeGarmo, Warren Demartini, Ronnie Letekro as his favourite guitarists. All great influences to have.
And apart from playing in Black Majesty (Power Melodic Metal), he also plays in Wicked Smile (Heavy Rock) and The Radio Sun (AOR Melodic Rock).
“Stargazer” was released in 2012.
The lead breaks are excellent. Steve Janevski and Hanny Mohamed showcase their abilities from the outset.
Harmony guitars and fast double kick start the song off.
Voice Of Change
A killer Chorus and another killer lead break section. Actually killer lead breaks as there are a few.
It has a “Paris Is Burning” riff to start off and I like it.
Check out the Chorus. Great vocal melodies, fast double kick and the guitars just play power chords.
As it’s becoming the norm, the lead breaks on this album are guitar hero moments.
Journey To The Soul
How good are the harmony guitars in the intro, before it moves into a Maiden like groove?
Another great harmony guitar intro.
Symphony Of Death
The slow Intro reminds of Queensryche circa first two albums and once the gallop riff starts, Helloween and Maiden come to mind.
But the lead breaks. Guitar hero stuff again.
It starts off with an open string harmony lick, then each guitarist gets a chance to shred and tap away before coming back to the open string harmonies to close the solo.
Edge Of The World
It’s blasting fast and loud.
And when it comes to instrumental section, Janevski and Mohamed don’t disappoint.
As soon as the Intro leads start, the song could have appeared on “Brave New World” and people would think Maiden wrote it.
The lead section part of the song is essential listening. it starts off with a sing-a-long harmony lead before it goes into individual solos. And man, what solos they are.
By the end of it, you can only press repeat.
If there is a criticism, the drums seem to be on cruise control with the stock fast double kick patterns Power Metal music is known for.
Steve Janevski and Hanny Mohamed deserve special mention here on guitars.
Vocalist John Cavaliere is a multi-octave vocalist. His voice and style ranges between David Coverdale, Bruce Dickinson, Geoff Tate and Michael Kiske but still sounding unique enough to be original.
I’m not a huge Power Metal fan but I do listen to bands that play that style purely for the guitar playing.
If you like Power Metal, you’ll like this. If you like Melodic Metal you’ll like this. If you like Heavy Metal, you’ll like this.