"Pinnacle" (Self-released; 2022)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

From the very first track of "Pinnacle," you know you’re going to be in for an interesting ride. The music is wall-to-wall sound. Symphonic, technical and orchestral all at once. Some songs are pure heavy rock’n’roll, others feature piano and keyboards to give them more texture. Some tunes bring to mind bands like Rammstein ("Rebellion") while others may make you think of Symphony X or Dream Theater.

My favorite tracks were the high speed drill of "Mindcrime," the bizarre—but delightful—"Fool," and the groovy "Dig Me Up (Bury Me Part II)."

There’s a lot of intriguing variety on "Pinnacle," but not so much that the album feels uneven. Fans of progressive rock, symphonic rock and just plain in-your-face rock will find much to their liking on "Pinnacle."

Ukraine's Majesty of Revival: Dimitriy Pavlovskiy – guitars, vocals; Vitalii Popfalushi - bass, vocals; Myroslav Danko - guitars, vocals; Maestone - keyboards, backing vocals; Marvin – drums; Kärtsy Hatakka - vocals on "Fool"; Vasil Dovganych - guitars on "Fool"; Volodymyr Shchobak - trumpet sections on "Fool"; David Readman - Vocals on "Mindcrime"; Veronika Shestakova - violin on "Deliverance"; Anzhelika Zyzych - female voice on "Things Are Not What They Seem.”

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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