Symakya - Majestic 12: Open files 4/5

Reviewed: 5-1-11





Tracklist:

1. Genesis
2. The first disturbing contact
3. Other keys
4. The inner control (An evolutionary experience)
5. Under the banner of faith
6. Messengers of the verb
7. Of new idols
8. Supervision: Code 1945
9. Human god?
10. Disconnected: End of process


Out of France, Symakya unleashes its full-length debut 'Majestic 12: Open files'. The CD can be described as melodic/progressive/power metal with plenty of symphonic highlights and even some neo-classical segments, so with the many styles present, it could easily appeal to a wide variety of metal fans. For band comparisons, Symakya fits somewhere in the middle of Kamelot, Symphony X, Aspera, Pagan's Mind, Myrath, Forevers Edge, Vanishing Point, Anubis Gate, Circus Maximus, Illusion Suite, Adagio, Pathosray, Seventh Wonder and Serenity. I realize that this is a fairly long list of bands, but I seriously hear similarities to each and every one of them.

The band is fronted by Kevin Kazek, and I instantly recognized him as Seyminhol's vocalist. I quick check confirmed this, and although he's got a definite accent, he does a terrific job on this CD and really provides some true emotion. He does have a slightly different vocal style than what you'd hear from bands like Seventh Wonder, Kamelot, Evergrey and Vanishing Point (Kevin isn't quite as polished or accent-free) - so I think there will be some melodic/symphonic/progressive/power metal fans that won't totally dig his performance, but I personally like what he's done a lot and he certainly fits the music.

The CD is filled with a lot of twists and turns, and there's an outstanding balance of tempo. It leans more towards power metal than progressive metal though, so there is more than enough speed for power metal fans, not too many progressive elements to scare away power metal fans, and there are also some slower parts that mix things up. A lot of thought has been put into the songwriting and it really makes for an interesting and thoroughly catchy CD. While I don't have any favorite songs, it's only because they all hover around the level of excellence and not even one of them could be considered weak. So there are no songs that I dislike, and all wrapped up, it's easy for me to highly recommend it to fans of the music styles mentioned, and especially die-hard fans of the mentioned bands.



CLINT




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