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EPICA

Kamelot

 

Progressive Metal

3.87 | 167 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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5 stars After the brilliant Karma, I think Kamelot faced a hard challenge: how to surpass such a magnificent work? The obvious answer might be trying to do another Karma, using their winning formula or... going one step further (and risk losing their power metal fan base in the process). Fortunatly the band chose the second. While their sound is still basicly power metal the symphonic elements were pushed forward, now including the use of a complete orchestra, choirs and weird instruments to enhance the concept.

The band also dared to persue greater ideas and Epica was based on the classic Goethe´s Faust. A very bold move for a power metal band. Few groups had enough talent and guts to do such a monumental step ahead and come out with this masterpiece. thanks also to the wonderful production by Sasha Paeth and the marvelous orchetral and choir arrangements done by co-producer Miro (Micheal Rodenberg).

Although the music still pretty much retains its metal credentials, the prog elements abound here and Kamelot is no ashed of doind bold arrangements and the use of an elegant piano and acoustic guitar (On The Coldest Winter´s Night), for exemple. With no weak tracks nor fillers, and a whole new language in terms of epic musicl, Kamelot became a league of his own. Of course this kind of work takes more than one listen to get all the subtle details and perceive the intricated arrengements, but once you do it, you´re hooked.

Epica is a masterpiece of prog music and a must have for anyone who likes prog, regardless of it being light or heavy. Highly recommended!

Tarcisio Moura | 5/5 |

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