|Metal Majesty 2005||Lion Music|
Metal Majesty is essentially pomp rock icon Valensia and his other personality moving away from the pomp and ceremony of trading off Queen riffs to 'paying tribute' to a heavier God Whitesnake, Blue Murder and er, Queen. And boy does he 'pay tribute'!|
Kingdom Come's classic debut remains one of my favourite albums from its era. However, at the time it gained notoriety for all the wrong reasons and it went on to sell a truck load. I enjoy it for what it is a blatant 'borrowing' of Led Zeppelin riffs, updated and Americanized for what was at the time a huge market for hard rock. History is repeated with Valensia's 'borrowing' of material for his new release.
Had this Metal Majesty album any chance of selling 2,000,000 units, I would think that Mr. Coverdale and Mr. Sykes might be talking to their lawyers. There's plenty on offer here to mull over!
While the music will have listeners diving into their memories for where the riffs originated, there is no denying the strength of the material, or the energy of the delivery.
Quite literally, it sounds like Freddy Mercury joined Whitesnake. Queen's The Miracle album meets Whitesnake 1987 and the debut Blue Murder.
Regardless of the 'influences', this remains a highly enjoyable listen, made even better by the big fat production sound and the quality of the performance. The energy of Valensia's delivery is highly addictive and fans of The Snake or John Sykes, not to mention establish Valensia fans will find a lot to like here.
Additionally, the album is far superior to the debut album This Is Not A Drill. Better songs, better production and more addictive hooks.
From the opening bars of Still Of The Night, er, sorry, We Rocked, those memories of Kingdom Come flood back not to mention the memories of Whitesnake's 1987.
Valensia has come extremely close to matching the guitar play of John Sykes and while the vocals are more his own, the Coverdale/Sykes mannerisms are there for all to hear.
The uptempo shred fest of Ready To Roar has the feel of Whitesnake's Slip Of The Tongue album, complete with Steve Vai comparisons.
Love Will Make You Bleed sent me to the writer's credits to make sure it wasn't a cover! Yes, this is so close to Blue Murder's Jelly Roll it just ain't funny. While I love the premise of this album, something this close to another track isn't fair to the original writer. This track comes complete with an acoustic intro which bows to a big passionate rock ballad finish where even some of the lyrics are the same! Instead of 'Love Will Break Your Heart' in Jelly Roll, we have 'Love Will Make You Bleed' here.
Crying In The Rain is next er, sorry wrong album again. Hold On To The Night is next up here and Freddy does his best Coverdale here, complete with dramatic intro and shredding solos.
Burying Heather is a truly bizarre track. This sounds like Queen meets The Beatles and reminds me of Zoot's take on The Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby, complete with strings.
It's time for another tribute to Still Of The Night this time under the guise of Hell Hounds On My Trail.
Aurelia's Night doesn't bring anything to mind, which is a good thing! A simple guitar driven rocker.
For some reason Alone, Unknown and On My Own and Zenith remind me of George Michael singing Queen. We seem to have dropped the big hard rock approach for a more acoustic driven pop feel, with synth parts and a true 70's feel. A couple of interesting tracks, but two that don't really match the premise of the first half of the album.
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