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On disc: Thy Majestie

Shi Huang Di - Lars Bjørn - 6 stars

Shi Huang Di

Shi Huang Di
(Scarlet Records - 2012)

Sometimes a band makes a concept album, that happens all the time, but in the case of Thy Majestie and their new album Shi Huang Di, the concept is as odd as you get them. Qin Shi Huang was the first Emperor of China from year 221 before Christ, and the Emperor's life is the subject of this album. The music is of both power metal and epic / symphonic metal but the concentration gets a little lost in the mist, for example the song Farewell, which is a beautiful epic tale, but without real concept in it. A fine song on the album is Harbinger Of A New Dawn, because it comes with a fresh and reckless attitude and the combination of symphonic and powerful metal is very listenable. Ephemeral is also a well-worked strong metal hymn, great guitars all the way and good hard ideas fills the cup to the rim. End Of The Days is atmospheric power metal where the band gets vocal assistance from Fabio Lione (Vision Divine), but without making the biggest of difference. The bottom line should be, that if you want to make a concept album with more or less strange topics, then it is better to make the music as sharp as possible, otherwise you could risk to loose fans twice in the process.

6 stars

Lars Bjørn


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