Majestic, Epsilon 2, 2014

majestic - epsilon 2Majestic, brainchild of Jeff Hamel (guitars and keyboards), is rapidly becoming a regular feature here. Check the link for part one. And no, I do not mind at all. So if you like your music adventurous, built around concepts, don’t mind short to long tracks where not only the vocals shine (but keyboards and guitars as well), maybe you like this too!

Because Jeff has done it again. With him are Mike Kosacek on drums and singers Chris Hodges, Jessica Rasche and David Cagle. As before, this is progressive metal that crosses boundaries with metal, rock and even ambient / new age typed music. Always good for a surprise, the 9 tracks here are more proof that prog can be both entertaining and challenging. From light to dark, from soft to heavy, all trademarks check. Okay, if this is not your thing, stop reading and play something else. For those still here, a lot of fine moments with strong melodies and musicianship on offer here. You listen to the middle section of The River and say this does not touch you, I dare you!

People like Jeff lay their all in this and deserve your support. No big company behind this, just some crazy people doing what they love… Hats off sir!