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KARMA

Kamelot

 

Progressive Metal

3.94 | 118 ratings

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Earendil
5 stars This is my favorite Kamelot album, and it makes an excellent introduction to the band. It's absolutely essential power metal, and I like it because it isn't too heavy or serious, unlike in Poetry for the Poisoned, which allows them to perform at their best. Each instrument is excellently played, but the best part of the album has to be the vocals. Roy Khan has one of the strongest, most beautiful, and distinct voices I've ever heard. It really is worth checking out this album if only for him because it contains some of his best moments. Anyways, on to the album.

The first track is a nice overture which leads into "Forever" then "Wings of Despair". Both of those tracks are done in typical power metal fashion, with soaring guitars and vocals held together by a galloping bass pedal. The next track, "The Spell" is slower and more deliberate with a steady beat, and the album continues to take shape. The next track is a ballad called "Don't You Cry" where Roy's voice laments out against a backdrop of gentle guitar picking along with some strings. With "Karma", the album propels the listener forward again back into a fast, dream-like mood. This track feels like something of a centerpiece for the album and, like all of the album, has well written lyrics. The next track "The Light I Shine on You" goes back to the style of the first few tracks. "Temples of Gold' is a good song which leads to the next, "All Across the Highlands", this song, once again, is in a galloping power metal fashion and is excellent.

Now, the real treasure of the album, the 12 minute Elizabeth suite. In three parts, it is based on the story of Elizabeth Bathory, a countess during the 1600's who killed hundreds of young girls to drink and bathe in their blood, seeking eternal life. The lyrics are chilling, and the music, as usual, is excellent. Definitely the climax to a phenomenal album.

Overall, this is a perfect introduction to not only Kamelot, but the whole power metal genre. Each track is catchy, yet thoughtful and well performed. Highly recommended.

Rating: 10/10

Earendil | 5/5 |

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