Thy Majestie - ShiHuangDi

Thy Majestie
Scarlet Records
New album for Thy Majestie after a three-year hiatus and we see the band returning with a concept album about the life of the legendary Qin Shi Huang, who became the first emperor of a unified China in 221 BC.
Adding symphonic, atmospheric, epic, orchestral & folk elements to their power metal music, the band has made the album’s atmosphere more intense than ever. The production is exceptional… not wondering why, for the album was recorded at Wreck Studios in Palermo, Italy, mixed by Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Valkiria, etc.) at Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy and mastered by Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius etc.) at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland. There’s also a very special guest appearance by the famous singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine) on the song “End of the Days”.
Thy Majestie are delivering an album that keeps the band’s standards, even though they do not manage to avoid the clichés of their genre. Sometimes the music sounds sort of overdone & generic dimly following the heavy/power metal formula. It misses the freshness and the stamina so it is a little bit predictable. Assuredly, the power metal freaks will fancy the album a lot as it is actually good… but not quite inventive as I would like it to be…