Majestic is the newest full-length release from the French alt-rock trio LizZard. I was turned onto these guys a few years ago and, even though I am not the biggest fan of the genre, I totally dug what they were doing and they have been in my regular listening rotation ever since.

“Vigilent” kicks off the album in what I would call “true LizZard fashion” with a catchy chorus and melody lines which are driven by a mid-tempo, hard rock rhythm that gets the party started and serves as the perfect vehicle to proclaim the band’s return.

The beauty of Majestic, however, lies in the diverse, richly-textured tunes that run through the rest of the release. Just like a painter who uses different techniques and colors when working on a canvas, LizZard creates a vast multi-dimensional experience by varying the sounds, tempos and vibes throughout Majestic. “Aion,” “Breath,” and “Circles” each have an atmospheric, experimental quality to them while “Bound,” “Remainder,” and “Only One” have a dirty, fuzzy, riff-driven sound that gets the blood flowing and makes you want punch something. The contrasting vibes work well together, creating a bit of tension and making the disc as unpredictable as it is enjoyable.

Bottom line: I like this band, and I really like this record. It is a bit off-center, but it is really good and well worth checking out.

Track Listing:

01. Vigilent
02. Aion
03. Bound
04. Just A Breath
05. The Roots Within (Majestic)
06. Only One
07. Circles
08. Reminder
09. Colour Blind
10. Falling In Zero

Run Time 51:14
Release Date: October 17, 2014

Check out the album ‘Majestic’