Majestic Dimension – Bringers Of Evolution
Majestic Dimension – Bringers Of Evolution (2013)
Reviewed by Daniel Millard
If I’m handed some power metal to review, there’s always mention of one nation in particular that’s going to get my blood pumping quicker: Sweden. Something about that country’s concoction for this genre is far more often hit than miss for me. I was hoping for another hit of the “Swede stuff” with Majestic Dimension’s debut back in mid-2013, but sparks weren’t flying and I was crestfallen with what I took at first to be a half-baked release. Revisiting now, I realize that I was misled when Bringers Of Evolution came out, and wanted to properly assess my thoughts on the release.
Number one on my list of items to cover for this album: it’s not power metal, and don’t let anyone tell you that it is. There’s a pronounced side of forthright heavy metal coming through here, and a good bit of AOR influence as well. This is made perfectly clear in the tendency of Lars Nyström’s voice to be the near-sole focus of everything that is happening. Sure, there’s some basic riffing and more than a little tinkly synth work, but these things are very secondary. Tempo is also universally slow for standard power metal, with a decided lack of double bass support. In fact, the extremely simplistic drumming is probably one of the most detrimental aspects of the record, as it has a tendency to assist the already fairly droll nature of the rest of the music.
There are, however, a couple of surprises here. The title track in particular is a more varied and enjoyable affair, and the band’s ballads in “Days Before The End” and “Broken” are pretty respectable little affairs that ought to appeal to the AOR audience pretty well. However, much of the rest of the work comes across as overwhelmingly samey and boring. One need look no further than opener “A Larger Lie” for evidence of this. A vaguely modern heavy metal groove kicks off a song that, after hitting it’s A/B/C sequence, seems satisfied to merely repeat it once, and then sing the eponymous line over and over until the end.
Unfortunately, there you have much of the CD. In a way, it reminds me of a more dull version of something like Valley’s Eve’s Deception Of Pain (and without the rip-roaring vocals of R.D. Liapakis) or Winterborn. I hardly feel that solos are always necessary, but even those that pop out during songs like “Walls Of Tragedy” and “Devil’s Triangle” are simplistic and don’t invite revisitation.
Bringers Of Evolution is doing anything but bringing evolution to the heavy metal scene. Even at a mere 37 minutes, it’s a primarily faceless and dragging assembly of cookie-cutter heavy metal tunes that will impress only those with the most basic of musical desires. While it is completely harmless, I would not recommend this to anyone based on anything, and move on to something more worthy of your time.
2.75 // 5