As much as Majesty seem to pay tribute to their heroes instead of working to distinguish themselves, in Thunder Rider they have made something that is simply too epic and too entertaining for me to be anything less than fully impressed with it. So while this album certainly won’t appeal to everyone, for fans of classic metal who like their music to be fun and ridiculously epic, but especially for fans of Manowar who want to hear something similar, this album is highly recommended.
I’ve always been fascinated by bands that can mix so many styles of music into one common sound, and Voices of Destiny have managed to do this better than most. The hauntingly beautiful voice of Maike Holzmann draws you in then keyboardist Lukas Palme responds with demonic growls not unlike that of Cannibal Corpse on top of driving songs interspersed with whiplash inducing thrash riffs. And that’s just within the opening track “Power Dive.”