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POETRY FOR THE POISONED

Kamelot

 

Progressive Metal

3.56 | 127 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars If I include "Poetry For The Poisoned" then I own the last five studio albums from KAMELOT and I must say this is the first time i've been disappointed. I know a lot of people said that about the previous album "Ghost Opera" but in my opinion there was enough there to warrant the four stars. Not here though.

"The Great Pandemonium" kicks in hard quickly and vocals come in after a minute and they will come and go, as will the growly spoken words. I much prefer the instrumental sections on this one. "If Tomorrow Came" is uptempo to start then it settles with vocals in a hurry. It does pick back up and I like the heavy sound before 3 minutes. "Dear Editor" is a short piece with samples of rain and street noise. "The Zodiac" is heavy to start then a calm with spoken vocals comes in.Very cool to hear guest vocalist Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE) come in singing.You know it's him right away. A tasteful guitar solo comes in after 2 1/2 minutes.

"Hunter's Season" has double bass drumming with Khan singing over top on the chorus. I much prefer the versus though. Check out the guitar solo before 3 1/2 minutes. Wicked stuff right there. "House On A Hill" has male and female vocals and is laid back but powerful at the same time. "Necropolis" is my favourite. It's a heavy onslaught and I like Khan's vocals better here too. "My Train Of Thoughts" gets better as it plays out.

"Seal Of Woven Years" has a cool atmosphere to start then it turns heavy a minute in then it picks up speed. It does settle back when the vocals arrive but the tempo continues to shift. "Poetry For The Poisoned" is a four song suite that is really a mixed bag. I enjoy parts 1 and 4 but parts 2 and 3 are ballad-like. "Once Upon A Time" ends it, and this is Power-metal all the way.

Not a bad album by any means, it's just not up to the quality these guys usually produce.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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