Back in 2008 the popular heavy / power metal band Majesty changed its name to Metalforce and released one self-titled album which, although excellent, was stylistically exactly the same as what had been released under the Majesty banner. Jump to 2011 and the name changes back to Majesty and we get a huge 'Best Of' album spanning all the band's albums along with two new tracks, several re-recorded songs and the very first demo.
Majesty, for those who don't know the band already, play a brand of guitar-driven power metal which takes much inspiration from classic Manowar. Its bombastic, cheesy, over-blown and quite simply awesome!
Own The Crown is spread across two discs. The first is the 'best of' section and there can really be no complaints about a Majesty track list that starts with the classic Metal Law, which features Udo Dirkschneider providing some guest vocals and the sublime Sword And Sorcery. There are so many songs that could have been included on here, including my favorite Dance With The Demon, but Majesty have done a great job of picking great songs from the back catalogue from the anthemic Keep It True to Guardians Of The Dragongrail.
If this was just a 'best of' album there would be little I could recommend about it, despite the awesome songs. I'd tell you to just go and buy the albums and get even more epic power metal to enjoy! However, there is that other disc...
Disc two kicks off with two brand new Majesty songs. Own The Crown and Metal On The Road are both typical Majesty headbangers with chugging riffs and stirring metal-centric lyrics! Following this there are three re-recorded songs, including Halloween which was originally released as a single under the Metalforce monicker. Another Metalforce song follows in the German language ballad Geh Den Weg which has been remastered for this compilation. Next up are two of the songs from the 2006 Sons Of A New Millenium EP; the fist-pumping Make It, Don't Break It and a slow but beautiful orchestral version of Guardians Of The Dragongrail. Troopers Of Steel from the Metal Law live album follows this before we are treated to the rare tracks from the first Majesty demo.
If you already have the Majesty back catalogue this second disc will only be of interest for the new songs but for those who don't this is a good package that shows different elements of Majesty's sound. The worst tracks were always going to be the four demo songs but this is merely due to the untouched demo quality. The songs themselves are actually really good and show the roots of the band.
I thoroughly enjoyed this compilation album. It contained loads of songs I love and a few gems I'd not heard before. I guess this is the real purpose of this sort of album. Of course, it is obviously full of previously released material so neither older fans, who probably have most of them already, nor casual fans, who aren't worried about hearing every Majesty release, should feel the need to part with their hard-earned cash for just a couple of new songs and some remastered stuff. Musically I'd rate this 9.5. As a best of compilation it is still very good however so 8 stars it is!