Epsilon

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Majestic proudly announces the release of a new double CD space odyssey titled Epsilon. Building off the success of our 2012 V.O.Z release, Epsilon promises to deliver what progressive rock fans will call a favorite of 2014. Jeff Hamel is joined by the amazing Mike Kosacek on drums to create a sonic landscape rich in texture and depth. Jeff and Mike are supported by a very talented cast. Beginning with the artwork, french graphic artist Jonathan Maurin (Aeon Lux) handles visuals. Joining us for vocals is V.O.Z alumni David Cagle (Liberty & Justice), Celine Derval (Scythia) and Chris Hodges (Every Living Soul). Majestic veteran Jessica Rasche returns to make a special cameo appearance. Finally, we introduce Marc Atkinson (Riversea, Nine Stones Close, Mandalaband) who contributes his amazing voice to Majestic.

This digital release contains both Epsilon 1 and Epsilon 2 in their entirety. Check out what other had to say about Majestic's Epsilon:

“Ensconced in the top of the basket of American progressive groups, Majestic confirms its status with this new album, no real surprise, but so well written and performed that satisfied the most demanding throughout many tracks listens.” - TonyB, MusicWaves France

”Another proof that MAJESTIC is part of the great progressive world. Epsilon is a must, everything on this album is good. “ - Richard Hawey, Profile Progressive Radio

“This is another great adventure of sound which you should experience. “ - Mark Johnson, Sea of Tranquility

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released August 17, 2014

Produced by
Jeff Hamel

Musicians
Jeff Hamel – Guitars, Keyboards
Mike Kosacek – Drums, Percussion

Vocalists
Chris Hodges
Celine Derval
Marc Atkinson
David Cagle
Jessica Rasche

Artwork
Jonathan Maurin

Mastering
Steve Carrao at Sage Audio

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Majestic Minneapolis, Minnesota

Jeff Hamel was born in Detroit and is now living in Minneapolis. While Jeff composes and plays most of the music you hear with Majestic, he also brings in guest vocalists and musicians from all over to help bring forth his vision. Jeff’s unique guitar style mixed with atmospheric keyboards has created a unique sound of progressive rock. ... more

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Track Name: Chariots
Chariots

The moonlight beginning looking into the edge
Called onto the rocks below, the dark eternal bed
Sanctioned as the days foretold, they set off to other lands
She closed her eyes and held her breath with the wind at her hands

Chariots race vermillion roads where the fire ends
They ride along the endless course, the battle cries send
He heard the voice calling out, time to bring them home
A cloud rising above it all, he begins to soar

All is silent through the rolling hills
Pale and lifeless, the wind is still
Remember tomorrow, forget yesterday
The name escapes us with the light of day

As the smoke clears and my eyes begin to see
This strange land has changed right beneath me
The spirits I can feel they walk by my side
I am not alone and I need not hide

The fields of red, can not believe the view
I see all the pain among all I knew
Take my heart and make it grow cold
Make me forget, till I’m gray and old

We carry it all thru the end of days
We carry it all like confusion and haze
We carry it all like an endless maze
We carry it all it never goes away

From the distance I can hear you above the world
You’re calling me, you’re calling me
You’re calling me
From the mountains, I can see you smile
You’re leading me, you’re leading me
You’re leading me

From the distance I can hear you above the world
You’re calling me, you’re calling me
You’re calling me
From the mountains, I can see you smile
You’re leading me, you’re leading me
You’re leading me home
Track Name: Mother Dearest
Mother Dearest

Try you must but can not break me
Shadows run inside the veins
Stage is set so we all will envy
Drifting in the deepest space

Empty shrine they are calling
I am through the endless age
My creation of new revision
Sliding through the frozen cage

A cold world is coming
And we can not escape
Embracing the darkness
It's the dawn of a new day

When the world is melting
We can try to follow
Destined to repeat the process
Debate our intentions

When the world is melting, we can start again
We can try to follow, instinct deeply ingrained
Destined to repeat the process, making poison air
Debate our intentions, ignoring mother earth

Listen

A cold world is coming
And we can not escape
Embracing the darkness
It's the dawn of a new day

A cold world is coming
And we can not escape
Embracing the darkness
It's the dawn of a new day

A cold world is coming
A cold world is coming
Track Name: Starlight
Starlight

Rest your head and dream my love
Rest your head and dream my love

Something is changing in a frail mind at dusk
When the sun drifts away and the shadows start to come
The corner shop is closing and the lights begin to glow
They walk together, they hold each other close

Young child far away draws his thoughts before bed
Remembering the way, his daytime teacher said
The moon shines thru the windows, illuminate the dreams
Lines begin to blend, coloring the scenes

The trees awake with life, moving with the wind
The sound is silent as it moves across our skin
Echo dreams in story, yet the story is what we see
From marvels in his eyes, beyond you or me

No borders holding back all the worlds he want try
In woods, across the ocean or high up in the sky
Words in the twilight begin dancing on the page
Bring forth new visions for the young man on the stage

Dream the night away, let the mind run wild
Dream the night away, in the eyes of a child
Dream the night away, the colors will change
Dream the night away, its never the same

Sight of the morning
In the cold light of day
It came without a warning
And blew us all away
Here I lie
Just the coat on my back
And the skylight before me
Retreating from the black
So catch the starlight
That is fading from view
Catch the starlight
Save it for me and you

So now we're chasing starlight
So now we’re on our way
So now we’re on our way

So now we're chasing starlight
So now we’re on our way
So now we’re on our way

Rest your head and dream my love
Rest your head and dream my love
Track Name: Epsilon I. Event Horizon
Epsilon I. Event Horizon

The light from a million years ago begins to fade away
We gather around endless ways to save a dying day
Talk to me about future times and what tomorrow holds
The gray hide their ways as our world is getting old

Sun begins fading
Time never waits
Doorways displaying
We can not stay

We gather the machines to find the new sky
The unknown waits ahead on the crimson colored lines
We trust our elders to guide us on the journey ahead
The portal is beyond anything we have seen, so they read

Sun begins fading
Time never waits
Doorways displaying
We can not stay

Crossing dimensions, the sights and sounds are strong
In this dreaming place, I float around
Reaching out to see you, no one is there
Questioning the journey, if I belong here
Track Name: Epsilon II. Doorways
Epsilon II. Doorways
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Epsilon III. Samskaras
Epsilon III. Samskaras

Them:
You do not belong here
Go back thru the door you came
I sense your wrong doing
I sense your eternal pain
Your are not ready to guide
Elevations you must climb
See and understand
The pictures you get back are blind

Us:
But I try, try so hard to understand
Can you just try to lend us a hand
Teach us history, teach us to know
Our eyes are open and our mind will grow

Them:
Sun begins fading
Time never waits
Doorways displaying
You can not stay
Step into dreaming
Step inside lines
Know you are needing
Dissolve your mind
Filter translation
Focus on sight
Deliver elation
Colors from light
Elevate senses
Atoms now fade
Manifest commences
Dont be afraid to fly
Track Name: Epsilon IV. Generations
Epsilon IV. Generations
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Epsilon V. The River (Eridanus)
Epsilon V. The River (Eridanus)

On the side of the river
I open up my eyes
I drink from the water
That gives us life

I look to the mountains
And all the people I see
The question of origins
They say not to speak

The ancients tell the stories
Of a long time ago
We’re created from the sun’s rays
And born in the valleys below

We are taught to trust the spoken word
To trust in what they say
To think we would be individual
Against the world’s way

The day everything changed
I looked up to the stars
There must be something more
What is this life so far?

Should I question where I come from?
Are we children from the sun?
I need to look for the answers
I need to be the one

And we float
We float away
Follow the river
Follow the day

Moving on the world behind me
Sailing out into the sea
I alone never stop this
I alone am now free

I alone
I alone
Track Name: Epsilon VI. Incandescence
Epsilon VI. Incandescence

I look to the west
Into the underworld
Inside the mountains
The river flows there

We’re moving forward
As the light is fading
My spirit is strong
There’s no failing

The answers that I seek
Pull me closer
I learn to believe
What I see and hear

When darkness ensues
Am I alone here?
The torch lights my way
Through the tunnel ahead

So far from home
Only distant memories
Though the glowing crystal walls
My heart and mind is led

The walls shimmer reflective lights
Incandescent dream land
The pictures show a different tale
I try to understand

They landed here in a different age
Their only way to survive
Their world had a dying sun
It faded into night

Crossing dimension
The sights and sounds were strong
In this dreaming place
They float along
Reaching out to see you
I find you there
Share to me your knowledge
And how you got here
Track Name: Epsilon VII. Ancient Echos
Epsilon VII. Ancient Echos

I’m awake and nothing feels right
In this place with all the strange sights
I can not explain everything I see
An unknown world lays in front of me

They approach and question who i am
I say I don't know, I don't understand
They opened a doorway, I followed them across
I only ask you, what is the cost

Put the past behind me and open my mind
I move forward, one more time

One more time
Track Name: Epsilon VIII. The Journey Back
Epsilon VIII. The Journey Back
(Instrumental)
Track Name: Epsilon IX. Welcome Home
Epsilon IX. Welcome Home

You come back to us
Tell us what you see
You’re not looking too well
Tell us your dream

First rest your tired eyes
The river travels far
Something different shows inside
Maybe another star

Drift away into a world
To show them all you see
Away from the darkness
And the sun will set you free
It will set you free

Hear my voice child
And let the light shine the way 
Track Name: Epsilon X. Convergence
Epsilon X.Convergence

The life we lived was simple
We believed in the sun
It’s the way of our people
We are meant to be one

Those from long ago
In the distant time and place
Learned their sun was dying
They came across skies and space

Doorways brought our people here
They learned to survive
The river gives us precious life
And keeps our people alive

I believe now what the past has said
Our sun will go away
The light is no longer the world to me
The long darkness will stay

Moving on the world behind me
Sailing on out to the sea
We alone will not stop this
We alone are now free

Joining now hand in hand
Let me help you understand
Everything is changing
When you open your mind

Together we can - learn who we are
Together we can - look near or far
Together we can - find the key
Together we can - always see

Crossing out into dimensions
The sights and sounds are strong
In this future place
I float around

Reaching out to see them
No one is there
Following the journey
Like we belong here

Together we can - learn who we are
Together we can - look near or far
Together we can - find the key
Together we can - always see
Together we can - we float ahead
Together we can - the sun is dead
Together we can - open the doorways
Together we can - see what they said

We gather the machines
To find the new sky
The unknown waits ahead
On the crimson colored lines
(The crimson colored lines)
Crossing dimension
The sights and sounds are strong
(Sights and sounds were strong)
In this dreaming place
I float around
(Float around just to see you)
Reaching out to see you
No one is there
(Slip into the darkness)
Questioning the journey
If I belong here
(If I belong here)

Time never waits
We can not stay

We can not stay
We must find a way
Through the doorway
To another time and place

Slip into the darkness
Slip into the darkness
Track Name: Epsilon XI. Rise
Epsilon XI. Rise

The morning sun is rising
The night has come and gone
Passing thru the other plane
To hear another song

Reading thoughts that happen
Etched on the abandoned stone
Energy all around
As the stories are told

Rise high above it all
Your eyes begin to fall
Breaking down all these walls
To get to the other side

One lifetime has passed on
The light has shined within
As the days have passed
The candle growing thin

And the sun shines brightly
To hide from all the dark
Mixed into the stardust
To give a little spark

Rise high above it all
Your eyes begin to fall
Breaking down all these walls
To get to the other side and fly

Sun begins to fade
Time it never waits
Doorways display
You cannot ever stay

Step into the dreaming
Step into the lines
Know that you are needing
Try to dissolve your mind

Filter translations
Focus on sight
Deliver elations
Colors from light

Elevate senses
Atoms now fade
Manifest commences
Dont be afraid to fly
Track Name: Epsilon XII. Fade
Epsilon XII. Fade
(Instrumental)