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4.54 | 65 ratings | 8 reviews | 68% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso (0:56)
2. The Black Halo (3:39)
3. Soul Society(4:35)
4. Edge of Paradise (4:44)
5. Center of the Universe (6:02)
6. Nights of Arabia (6:27)
7. Abandoned (4:10)
8. Forever (7:55)
9. Keyboard Solo (1:45)
10. The Haunting (4:33)
11. Moonlight (5:10)
12. When the Lights are Down(4:29)
13. Elizabeth (Part I, II and III) (13:01)
14. March of Mephisto (5:06)
15. Karma (5:41)
16. Drum Solo (2:50)
17. Farewell (5:22)
18. Curtain Call (4:11)

Total Time: 90:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Roy Khan / vocals
- Thomas Youngblood / guitars
- Glenn Barry / bass
- Casey Grillo / drums
- Oliver Palotai / keyboards

- Simone Simons / Maguerite (10)
- Mari Youngblood / Helena (5, 7 & 13)
- Elisabeth Kjaernes / 6 & 14
- Sascha Paeth / guitar (11)
- Snowy Shaw / Mephisto (14)
- Karianne Kjaernes / Halo choir
- Marianne Follestad / Halo choir
- Christian Kjaernes / Halo choir

Releases information

Ltd. Edition 2 DVD + 2 CD Edition with Poster released by SPV/Steamhammer.

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Review by Gatot
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars

The Concert DVD that you would spin repeatedly!

The whole last week my playlist was totally varied, ranging from Genesis (old albums); Allakhazaam "Re-kode" - an Indonesian great rock band with a style of music combining Porcupine Tree and Evanescence or, as my friend Rizal thought is something like Green Carnation; Lamb of God "Sacrament", Vantasma - a newly born Indonesian neo prog band that soon will be featured at this site; Killswitch Engage "As Daylight Dies" and some Led Zeppelin albums. Why Genesis? Because last Wednesday (20 December) my colleagues who are graduated from ITB (Bandung, Institute of Technology) conducted a Tribute to Genesis with full performance by the band where the members comprise of graduates of ITB. I took vocal jobs for four songs including "Squonk" and "In The Cage". It was a great success as the Front Row Café was full house, all tickets were sold out. For me personally, it was a night full with joy because I have waited 35 years to sing Genesis song on stage! Yeah!

And why Led Zeppelin? It's because last Thursday (21 December) i-Rock! (Indonesian rock organization where I have involved quite a lot) presented a Tribute to Led Zeppelin music at Mario's Place where I was the program host. Ouch, my rock schedule was really tight! And yesterday (22 December) my preorder of Kamelot DVD arrived at my address. I spun it last night, right away and I repeated the pin twice because it amazed me really! This DVD really stopped my other playlist and I cannot wait any longer to pen a long review about this DVD. Well, as a matter of personal experience, the first time I listened to "Forever" (of "Karma" album) it blew me away at first listen and in fact I had a night dream to watch the band "live" where I sing along together with the band when they play "Forever". So when I knew that Kamelot is planning to launch this DVD I did pre-order through Amazon and finally I got it!

Disc One : The Concert

"This is a moment of belief. This is a moment made of dreams. You found me here today. On the coldest winter night"

Disc One was recorded on February 11th 2006 at the historic Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway with sold out tickets. Kamelot perform their best show with the best efforts possible, with special guest appearances and real keyboard player - Oliver Palotai. The four original members of the band: Thomas Youngblood (guitar), Khan (vocals), Glenn Barry (bass), and Casey Grillo (drums) all perform their best. It's a very entertaining show and especially if you love the kind of symphonic power metal music, I'm sure that you would enjoy the show in its entirely - like what I experience watching this great DVD!

The show starts with an Intro where there is a beautiful lady dressed in all white costume dances on stage. What follows is a sound of Casey Grillo's hi-hat followed with full blast of power metal music with symphonic touch of The Black Halo - a title track of the band's last album. Wow! What an impressive first experience! Finally, I can see the band on stage! There are couple of things that impress me at first sight. First, I can smell great live vibes because the band's performance is energetic while the crowd represents true metal crowd: long hair and constant head-banging; almost all of them using black colored metal t-shirt with Kamelot name printed on it. Oh there are many lady metal heads as well. They all rock the hall. It's a fantastic experience! At first sight, I was impressed with great drum style by Casey Grillo. He's one of the best metal drummers, I believe. His drum stool is equipped with a laptop screen indicating how serious he is for the show. Thomas Youngblood at left wing (crowd's view) of the stage plays his guitar while head-banging, and Glenn Barry at right wing of the stage. Keyboard is located closer to drum set. Khan sings at front using all black costume. The backdrop is a simple Kamelot logo. From the description I mention, you might not say that the stage is not something spectacular. Yes, you bet! But for me, it's not the stage that matters, the band's performance is truly great!

Soul Society starts with a siren sound combined with crowd's scream. It's totally a great live vibes! This song has a beautiful and memorable riffs overlaid by powerful voice of Khan. Casey Grillo demonstrates his dynamic drums, Glenn Barry performs great bass lines. The angle shot for Casey is nice and it indicates the dynamic of his style. Thomas Youngblood performs his guitar solo as it is required as the studio version. Oliver keeps head-banging while doing his excellent keyboard work. This makes the show is so dynamic. At the end of this song Khan starts doing communications with the crowd.

The Edge of Paradise starts with bass guitar solo and Thomas communication with the crowd. The crowd is getting hotter and the scream is getting louder. Thomas and Glenn changes their position from right to left and left to right while performing their duties. The symphonic textures are given by Oliver in an excellent way. The song includes male choir line which provides great break for the band's music.

The show continues seamlessly with Center of The Universe of "Epica" album, with symphonic opening of the music combined with the crowd scream. It makes the show really lively and very entertaining. The string section is handled beautifully by Oliver. Khan sings with his full power backed up by three ladies at right wing of the stage. During music break where Khan performs his singing, the piano solo with classical nuance provides nice sounds. At the end of the break Mari Youngblood performs as Helena and sings together with Khan. She's dressed in all white costume. It's a very nice part!

Khan performs his communication, again, with the crowd and what follows is really a great thing: Casey Grillo solo drums combined with eastern sounds of violin that remark the intro of the band's excellent song Nights of Arabia. Oh my God . let me tell you . this song is much much better being performed live than the original studio version in "The Fourth Legacy" album. Casey's opening solo really helps elevate the show. Oliver piano work is also excellent. The song itself is really great especially with its eastern nuance and heavy music riffs. In the middle of the song there is a lady singer dressed in Arabian costume with all black color. Oh, she is Elisabeth Kjaernes. It's a nice outfit!

Abandoned begins beautifully with a classical piano intro and female chanting / singing by Mari Youngblood followed with low register notes and powerful voice of Khan. It's a sad and dark intro with nice piano work and string section. This song does not seem like a power metal music. Even when Mari continues the singing right after Khan, the music seems like a symphonic one with great guitar riffs and piano work. It's really a beautifully crafted composition, performed perfectly by the band.

Right after Abandoned, Khan says "We're gonna continue with a song . that was based on a pop song ..composed by ..the song . you'll know for a while" and Thomas guitar solo explains everything . oh yeszzz!!! It's definitely my best favorite track from Kamelot: Forever!!! The crowd really scream knowing that Forever is going to be played. This song is so special for me. Combined with its predecessor in Karma album: "Regalis Apertura" I used to use it as opening the program whenever i-Rock! presents a rock event. And here . yes I'm seeing how great the band performs this wonderful and very uplifting song - beat-wise - live on stage! I almost cannot believe what I see. It's so energetic, so fantastic and it's totally splendid! Speechless!!! What I do like about this part is that the band makes some improvisation inserting the part where Khan communicates interactively with the crowd. Oh . what a great live vibes of metalheads!

After the wonderful performance of Forever, Oliver performs his keyboard solo excellently. The Haunting continues the show with great duets on vocal by Khan and Simone Simons as Marguerite. The show is getting hotter and the crowd is getting crazier especially during the sudden break of the song. Simone performs impressive head-banging during music interlude with heavy music riffs.

On Moonlight Khan demonstrates his virtuosity in handling vocal job from low register notes to the high one with practically no problem at all. The song has a symphonic texture which makes the sounds are colossal in nature. Khan inserts some communication during music interlude with the sparks light on. Sascha Paeth the man, whom with Miro, has produced many power metal band with strong symphonic touch performs guitar rhythm and solo at this track.

Khan then says "You guys still with me?" and the crowd reply "Yeeeaaaahhh .!". The music is much uplifting with the performance of When The Lights Are Down because it's heavier in terms of riffs as well as speed. The intertwined keyboard solo and guitar solo in the middle of the track is performed wonderfully by Olive and Thomas. It's so energetic. Well, I like when the camera shoots one of the crowd with a lady tattooed at her cheek - what a metalhead she must be!

"From an album Karma . this song is about vanity, about beauty, about growing old, about evil . this song is called Elizabeth!" says Khan followed with a melodic combination of keyboard and guitar fills. "Mirror can you tell me how to stay forever young?" Khan says in his powerful voice while there is a lady (Elizabeth Bathory) is sitting in front of a mirror - projecting herself as Elizabeth. The opening part is truly a symphonic music and it's typically like a neo progressive style. Well, this song is very strong in composition and the band performs perfectly with virtually no defect at all. Karma is the best album - for me - from Kamelot, so I could not mention any bad track from this album, including Elizabeth. It's a great track. In Karma album review at this site, I wrote: This epic is really wonderful as it has a tight structure and memorable melody. It should be enjoyed in its entirety.. Performed live, this one is much more uplifting!

The Encore

It kicks off with a video clip of March of Mephisto followed with band performance. Khan uses long coat and sing in front of a lady dressed in white gown. His voice is even more powerful. Grillo plays his drums like crazy - moving his body dynamically. Khan stage act fits with what is required by the song - theatrical in nature. The backdrop turns out to be a stage with Mephisto plays his act at the backdrop stage.

Karma is another favorite of mine and it seems like the crowd also familiar with this tune because they know when Khan says it and the music starts to blast. "Who will trade his karma for my kingdom?" as Khan sings while the camera shoots a lady in the crowd who sings along with the band. Thomas moves upfront when he does short guitar solo. Oliver continues with his head-banging.

Finally Casey is given a chance to perform his solo drumming. He does an excellent acrobatic drumming. All members then come back on stage after drum solo, performing Farewell. "I must say you farewell leaving to my destiny .".

Disc One is definitely very satisfactory with virtually no mistake at all.

Disc Two: Bonus Section

Quite honest with you, I have spun Disc Two jut once and some with skimming, but I have spun Disc One three times. Disc Two contains Journey Within: Halo Vision, Upclose interview (Thomas Youngblood, Casey Grillo, Oliver Palotai), Simone Simons. Khan also explains about the making of Black Halo and commenting about Black Halo tour. Quite interesting when Oliver says that when he was asked to play keyboard for The Black Halo Tour he did not know much about the band and he had only ten days to catch up. There is part also about questions from fans. Thomas was inspired by Michael Schenker and Brian May. Disc Two also contains video clips.


With a long review like the above, I have not much to say to conclude. My overall conclusion is that that this is a great DVD. My views might be bias because I love the group very much. This is like you ask me to review any album of Marillion - Fish era. And this DVD deserves five stars rating. Very highly recommended. Keep on proggin' ..!

"Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong."

Review by Vanwarp
5 stars Disc one contains the entire Kamelot live concert recorded at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway, on February 11th, 2006. The show begins with a short atmospheric introduction before we are treated to a brilliant back to back performance of "The Black Halo" and "Soul Society", two very good yet short energetic tracks to get the crowd into the mood right away. Since Kamelot was touring to promote the release of their seventh studio album in ten years, it's no wonder we find seven tracks from The Black Halo not counting the intro. There are three tracks from Epica, three tracks from Karma and one from The Fourth Legacy.

The band was in excellent shape and Khan had a crew of 3 back up singers standing at the back of the stage. He also got some help from Mari Youngblood (Mrs Thomas Youngblood) who makes a guest appearance all dressed in white as the character Helena on "Center of the Universe" and "Abandoned", and again as the dark mistress Elizabeth Bathory on "Elizabeth Part I, II & III." He gets more help from one Elisabeth Kjaernes on "Nights of Arabia" and "March of Mephisto" and from Snowy Shaw (Dream Evil & King Diamond) who also makes a guest character appearance as Mephisto. Khan even gets a little help from special guest Simone Simmons of Epica, who makes an engaging appearance midway through the show as Marguerite on "The Haunting."

Some Winning Features:

There can be no discussion about Khan's vocal abilities, but his beautiful falsetto during the intro to "Edge of Paradise" demonstrates just how much control he has of his voice. Even though he sings his heart out on each and every song, IMHO, he gives his best vocal performance on "Elizabeth Part I, II & III".

Every guest appearance was a treat. Every theatrical moment was a treat and watching the show from an array of 18 cameras was a treat as well. Though I wasn't there, the $30 I paid for the DVD was the best money I've spent on a concert in decades.

The show included a lot of theatrics. For instance, the snowfall during the ballad "Abandoned" was unexpected and a very nice touch. Mephisto (Snowy Shaw in disguise) makes a very effective guest appearance VIA large video screen during "March of Mephisto." Very impressed with the band and what they've done here.

More theatrics during the 12 minute epic "Elizabeth (Part I, II & III)" with Mari Youngblood playing the part of Elizabeth in front of a large mirror. Very huge moment of the show, interesting role playing theatrics and the bands performance is truly incredible, starts slowly and builds tremendous momentum and energy right to the very end. Again, great stuff!

"The Haunting" was definitely a highlight with Simone Simmons joining Khan and the boys on stage. "Moonlight" was another highlight with guest guitarist Sascha Paeth (Heavens Gate) performing a superb solo midway through the song.

Best song performance of the concert:

They're all so very good. But, if I have to choose only one, I'd go with "Center of the Universe." The band was gaining momentum from the first three songs and everything peaked for "Center of the Universe," the crowd was hot and so was the band!

Worst song performance of the night:

Hard to pick since the performances were all so very good. Though some may consider "Soul Society" and "Moonlight" filler material, the band does get a most generous response from the fans indicating that those were far from being their worst performances of the night. I certainly enjoyed them as well.

"Karma" followed the theatrical "March of Mephisto" and although a great performance, it seemed to have a huge hurdle to cross and without all the glitter and glam, it just seemed like a weaker moment during the show. Proof that it's always tough to follow a great performance especially on a song like "March of Mephisto."

But, if I have to pick a weaker performance without selecting an intro or individual solo, I will go with the toughest track on hand and say, "Nights of Arabia" followed by "Abandoned." Like I said before, very tough to follow a great performance like the one they pulled off on "Center of the Universe." On any other metal night, those two songs could likely be the highlights.

There are no bad features to talk about, but the things I did wish the concert did contain was another 2 or 3 Kamelot classics from earlier material and maybe if the show had been recorded in a larger venue with a bigger stage and audience. But this takes nothing away from this very special night.

Disc 2 contains 87 minutes of bonus material.

Interesting facts learnt during the Halo Vision; Roy Khan went from being an Opera singer to fronting a metal band. He spends a lot of time in Florida with his band mates but his principal home is in Norway.

Thomas Youngblood uses a 15 year old Ampeg solid state amp. He also uses Line 6 gear and Boss effects. Curiously, in 10 years, I've never heard anyone complain about his sound until now? Tube purists have something to learn about good old fashion dependable gear! Anyway, with a few sound effects "sweetners", Youngblood has proven that one might just find his signature sound. Thomas, you play flawless and with much energy and conviction, you got all my appreciation! :)

Although Oliver Palotai is the new recruit, he already has a great signature move and it didn't take him very long (10 days) to prepare for the tour. What a great introduction to this musician.

The bonus material includes 6 music videos. I can't go without mentioning the live video clip of "March of Mephisto" at the 2006 Sweden Rock Festival. That was one dynamite performance!!

There's been a lot of talk about the recording and how perfect it sounds. No doubt this is one of the best live recordings I've heard in a while if not the best from a metal band's perspective anyway. There are moments during the concert where I question if Khan's vocals weren't recorded during post-production of the audio? Difficult to ascertain, but Khan does get a little help from his backup crew when he ventures into the higher registers such as during some moments of "Forever" and "Center of the Universe."

Matter of fact, I enjoyed the show so much that I used my DVD audio extractor program and converted the DVD audio to MP3 audio format and burned myself an audio CD to listen to in the car. It is that good! To bad I couldn't burn the full 90 minutes, I had to cut out the intro and solos and one song... :(

Musically sound, visually stunning, an overall great entertainment package!

Review by Tarcisio Moura
5 stars A truly surprising DVD! Outstandind performance by an outstanding band. Kamelot is in top form! The track list is absolutely fantastic and takes you mesmerized through the whole show. Roy Khan is not only one of the best singers around but has also a very strong stage presence that matches the dramatic music Kamelot delivers. The use of a choir for some of the singing parts enhances the symphonic and classical side a lot and gives a very live feel. Olivier Palotai was the right choice for the keyboards, working very well live and being capable of reproducing the intricated orchestral parts of the studio recordings. The presence of singers/actors on some songs add an extra visual impact to the already entrancing performancec. I specially loved the presence of Simone Simmons (Epica) as Marguerite.

Kamelot did an amazing live work, as everything works here: the sound is crystal clear, the band sound as good live as on the record (in fact maybe a little better than on studio), the audience are made of real fans and the songs are superbly chosen. Khan´s wonderful voice soars! It is nice to see he is that good on the stage. The overall performance gives me shivers down the spine every time I see it.

Kamelot went a long way since the days they were just another power metal band. Their sound now is powerful indeed, but it defies classification. This is truy progressive heavy music, made by intelligent, creative and skillfull people. I´m really glad they are in PA. Kamelot is one of the best prog metal bands. No noodling, no pointless virtuosity displays: just great musicians playing great melodic music. Heavy, yes, but with delicate, subtle, tasxteful arrangements.

One fo the best DVDs in my collection and the final proof that this kind of music has a lot to show in the prog world.

5 stars with honor!

Review by Rune2000
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Before I start bashing this album let me say that Roy Khan's vocals on this release are just amazing!

Well I was kidding about the bashing part since One Cold Winter's Night is actually a pretty decent concert recording. Aside from one mesmerizing vocal performance the compositions are still somewhat stale and it's even more apparent here than on the studio albums.

Yes, the performance is great but, at the same time, it really made me wish that Kamelot had put just a little more effort in their songwriting because it's just not enough to make slight nods at progressive metal on one song and then follow it up with 1-2 straight forward power metal tunes.

I know that I've been stressing this issue way out of it's proportion but that's because it's my only real complaint about this live album and Kamelot in general. I'm sure that people that have heard the studio versions of these tunes will like them even more here while average progressive rock fans will be impressed by the performance without really liking the compositions.

If you ask me this album is just begging for a good, but non-essential rating but I definitely seem to be in a minority here.

**** star songs: The Black Halo (3:39) Soul Society (4:35) Center Of The Universe (6:02) Nights Of Arabia (6:27) Elizabeth (Part I, II And III) (13:01) March Of Mephisto (5:06) Karma (5:41) Curtain Call (4:11)

*** star songs: Intro: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso (0:56) Edge Of Paradise (4:44) Abandoned (4:10) Forever (7:55) Keyboard Solo (1:45) The Haunting (4:33) Moonlight (5:10) When The Lights Are Down (4:29) Farewell (5:22)

** star songs: Drum Solo (2:50)

Latest members reviews

5 stars It's only a dream to watch their gig in our country (Indonesia) but, I just bought KAMELOT DVD last month. When I first saw the DVD I was surprised, That's totally insane....They have performed their best songs such as ABANDONED, SOUL SOCIETY, THE BLACK HALO, FOREVER and one of my favourite i ... (read more)

Report this review (#105382) | Posted by Azhan | Wednesday, January 3, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars This DVD/CD is a true masterpiece! The track list is SUPERB, which is something I can rarely say about live albums from any band. Khan's vocals (and theatrics) are top- notch, by far the most impressive part of the show. The rest of the band also performs superbly, and the energy produced in ea ... (read more)

Report this review (#104723) | Posted by KansasRushDream | Thursday, December 28, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Kamelot's most recent DVD is the Live album of the year it has to be said. I'm reviewing this DVD down to the quality of the performance and the DVD production rather down to the individual composition of the songs as there is nothing on the DVD that hasn't been released before. First of a ... (read more)

Report this review (#101535) | Posted by | Monday, December 4, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Kamelot is in fine form here. The song selection is largely from the last two studio CDs, Epica and The Black Halo. Kahn proves he can hit (most of) the high notes and the unique quality of his voice gives each sone it's signiture sound when live. He is aided by a few backup singers which let ... (read more)

Report this review (#101509) | Posted by Single Coil | Sunday, December 3, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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