CD review MAJESTICA ‘A Christmas Carol’

Even though Majestica released their debut album ‘Above the Sky’ a year ago, the band is not really a newcomer. Majestica started into the new millennium as ReinXeed and renamed to Majestica last year.

With ‘A Christmas Carol’ the band now delivers their second album. Rather unusual is the fact that the second album is a Christmas album. With a lifespan until 26.12. the longplayer is very special, because who wants to listen to Christmas music after Christmas.

‘A Christmas Carol’ of course offers the seasonally typical bells and whistles, but all properly packaged in melodic power metal. Thematically linked to Charles Dickens’ Christmas story, Tommy Johansson packages a Christmas feeling in nine songs, which could make for a rocking Christmas. In a year in which the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has to do without their traditional Christmas tour, this album is an attempt to fill the gap. Of course not with the same brilliance, but with fire and devotion the quartet dedicates itself to the festive atmosphere.

‘A Christmas Story’ with its bombast is certainly an alternative for classical Christmas songs and ‘Ghost of Christams Present’ starts very festive too before power metal takes over. If Sabaton ever make an x-mas album, it will sound like this song.

Johansson almost managed to put the word ‘Christmas’ into every song title. I don’t know why he didn’t succeed with ‘Ghost of Marley’, but this doesn’t affect the quality. There is enough firepower that creates a contrast to ‘The Joy of Christmas’. The latter is a calmer and very musical connected song. It adds to the atmosphere but is certainly not the musical wow-moment. I could have lived without it.

All in all ‘A Christmas Carol’ is certainly an interesting musical entertainment for the Christmas days. On 27.12., however, the record will jump off the record player and will disappear in the record shelves for the next 12 months.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. A Christmas Carol
  2. A Christmas Story
  3. Ghost of Marley
  4. Ghost of Christmas Past
  5. The Joy of Christmas
  6. Ghost of Christmas Present
  7. Ghost of Christmas to Come
  8. A Christmas Has Come
  9. A Majestic Christmas

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Melodic Power Metal

Release Date EU: December 4th, 2020

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