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ETERNITY

Kamelot

 

Progressive Metal

2.92 | 44 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
3 stars What About Me?

Most people, I suppose, (including this reviewer), got to know Kamelot from one of their later albums featuring Roy Khan on vocals, and only later, if at all, went backwards chronologically in the band's discography to investigate the band's earlier efforts. When doing so, one immediately notices how different the band's first two albums are from what came thereafter.

Eternity was Kamelot's debut release and it sounds quite different from what one would expect after hearing the group's later efforts. Even though Kamelot is an American band, the sound here is very much that of the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal, particularly Iron Maiden comes to mind. Vocalist Mark Vanderbilt reminds very much of Bruce Dickinson and also of Queensryche's Geoff Tate.

There were some minor symphonic and Neo-classical elements already present, though nothing here is particularly progressive. The musical connections to later albums is rather weak, but there were already here some hints and indication of things to come including the symphonic introduction to the opening title track, the tasteful power ballad What About Me, and the acoustic guitars and keyboard sounds.

The material is strong keeping in mind that this is a debut album. The musicianship is highly professional already and I definitely enjoy this album, even more so than many more recent Kamelot albums. Yet, one cannot deny that the band's best efforts were still ahead of them at this point in time. Fans of Iron Maiden and early Queensryche should check this out.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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