Majestica

Majestica (formerly ReinXeed) is a symphonic/power metal band from Boden, Sweden. They were formed in 2004 by vocalist Tommy Johansson. They are influenced by soundtrack movies such as Lord of the Rings and bands like Helloween with Michael Kiske, and Rhapsody of Fire.

Majestica
Majestica members
Majestica members
Background information
Also known asReinXeed
OriginBoden, Sweden
GenresSymphonic metal, power metal
Years active2004–present
LabelsDooLittle Group AB, Rivel, Nuclear Blast
Members
Past members
  • Mattias Johansson
  • Calle Sundberg
  • Nic Svensson
  • Viktor Olofsson
  • Pontus Allebo
  • Robin Sjogren
  • Linus Eriksson
  • Kerry Lundberg
  • Ace Thunder
  • Erik Forsgren
  • Henrik Fellermark
  • Alfred Fridhagen

In 2008, Majestica released their first studio album The Light on Rivel Records. This helped the band land an appearance in Japan where they gained fans.[1] Their second album, Higher, has more mature keyboards effects.[citation needed] The band has seven full studio albums out.

BackgroundEdit

 
Tommy Johansson singing

They initially started as ReinXeed, led by Tommy Johansson out of Boden, Sweden. In 2004, Johansson had a different band also under the name of ReinXeed, but its line-up and style were different than the band from The Light on where he mixed film soundtrack music with melodic power metal.[citation needed] Drummer, and band leader of the Swedish melodic power metal band Majestic Vanguard, Daniel Eskilsson heard early versions of the songs Johansson posted to his MySpace page and put him in touch with Christian Liljegren of Rivel Records / CM Sweden.[citation needed] Jani Stefanovic from Divinefire and Essence of Sorrow co-produced and mixed the album and handled all the drums on the album.[2] It was released 12 March in Japan, 20 June in Europe, via Rivel Records.[citation needed]

The album allowed Johansson to recruit a band: two guitarists, Kerry Lundberg and Mattias Johansson, keyboardist Henrik Fellermark, drummer Erik Forsgren and bassist Ace Thunder to record and release Higher.[3]

The band's next album, 1912, is a concept album about the Titanic and its sinking. The Japanese edition includes three bonus tracks: "ReinXeed Alliance", "Aces High" (an Iron Maiden cover) and "Pray for Japan", a song written and recorded to support Japan in the aftermath of the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.[citation needed] Welcome to the Theater was released in May 2012.[4] A New World was released in 2013 with a new line up.[citation needed]

The band changed their name in 2019 from ReinXeed to Majestica upon their signing with record label Nuclear Blast Records.

Band membersEdit

  • Tommy "ReinXeed" Johannson – lead guitar, lead vocals, keyboards, orchestration
  • Alexander Oriz – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris David – bass
  • Daniel Sjögren – drums

DiscographyEdit

As ReinXeedEdit

  • The Light (2008)
  • Higher (2009)
  • Majestic (2010)
  • 1912 (2011)
  • Welcome to the Theater (2012)
  • A New World (2013)

On compilation albums

  • Swedish Hitz Goes Metal (2011)
  • Swedish Hitz Goes Metal Vol.2 (2013)

As MajesticaEdit

  • Above the Sky (2019)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bands of Fire (Higher Article)". Bandsonfire.com. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  2. ^ "Bands of Fire (The Light Article)". Bandsonfire.com. Archived from the original on 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  3. ^ "(Higher)". Angelic Warlord. Retrieved 2 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Welcome to the theatre's lyrics". Archived from the original on 9 February 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2012.