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KAMELOT debuted in 1994 with "Eternity" featuring Mark Vanderbilt on vocals, Thomas Youngblood on guitars, Glenn Barry on bass, Richard Warner on the drums and David Pavlicko on the keys, but later, after one record, Richard and Mark would leave giving a chance to Casey Grillo and Roy Kahn (Ex-CONCEPTION vocalist) to be part of the band during their third album "Siege Perilous". Their sound completley changed, they became an above-average melodic metal band, some compared them with SONATA ARCTICA or HAMMERFALL, but clearly KAMELOT was above this genre, adjusting progressive arrangements to the all ready famous melodic metal sound.

With the line-up change, KAMELOT released their best known material; albums like "The Fourth Legacy" that fused Middle-Eastern sounds with power metal speed and "Karma" where they demonstrate that talent and energy their fans worldwide acclaimed, strong, heavy, mellow, deep and thoughtfull music were highly praised by the press, getting very good reviews and giving KAMELOT the status of heavy weight. Later in 2003, they released "Epica" a conceptual piece based loosely in Goethe's Faust, "Epica" showed a peak on KAMELOT's career, melodic choirs and orchestration makes company to their trademark sound to create a whole world of fantasy and amusement, only to be shadowed by the following release "The Black Halo" in 2005, their best work yet.

The success of "The Black Halo" was followed up by "One Cold Winter's Night", the band's live DVD, filmed by Patric ULLAEUS at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway. This live performance really showed Roy KHAN as one of the best vocalist working in the music business today. The band's continued on by releasing "Ghost Opera" in 2007 and "Poetry For The Poisoned" in 2010.

On September 6, 2010, the band announced that KHAN had fallen seriously ill during rehearsals for the upcoming North American tour, just a few days before its scheduled start, and had returned to his home in Norway. KAMELOT postponed the tour with KHAN, though one show was performed with Michael ERIKSEN of CIRCUS MAXIMUS at the ProgPower USA XI festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 10, 2010. Following a period of uncertainty regarding KHAN's health, KHAN and KAMELOT released separate statements on April 21 and 22 respectively, announcing KHANS's departure from the band.

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2.78 | 45 ratings
Eternity
1995
2.79 | 47 ratings
Dominion
1997
2.98 | 52 ratings
Siége Perilous
1998
3.76 | 101 ratings
The Fourth Legacy
1999
3.80 | 150 ratings
Karma
2001
3.87 | 166 ratings
Epica
2003
4.07 | 299 ratings
The Black Halo
2005
3.43 | 120 ratings
Ghost Opera
2007
3.55 | 119 ratings
Poetry For The Poisoned
2010
3.52 | 73 ratings
Silverthorn
2012
3.42 | 67 ratings
Haven
2015
3.67 | 12 ratings
The Shadow Theory
2018

KAMELOT Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.64 | 22 ratings
The Expedition
2000

KAMELOT Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.53 | 57 ratings
One Cold Winter's Night
2006

KAMELOT Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.60 | 16 ratings
Ghost Opera - The Second Coming
2008
3.67 | 6 ratings
Poetry for the poisoned & live from wacken
2011

KAMELOT Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.57 | 7 ratings
Myths & Legends Of Kamelot
2008
3.88 | 7 ratings
Sacrimony
2012

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 Karma by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.80 | 150 ratings

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Karma
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

4 stars Power metal has always been the ginger-haired stepchild of metal. It's cheesy, and full of corny lyrics about mythical lands and beings going on wondrous adventures. Lame, right? But occasionally, a band comes along who does away with the speed-metal roots and wailing vocals of the genre, and releases something with a bit more depth and substance.

Enter Kamelot, with their fifth studio album, 2001's 'Karma', the group have really hit their stride, with a refined sound and more polished song writing, this is where the band truly begin a streak of strong releases that establishes them as one of symphonic metals true champions.

Building upon what they'd started with 1999's 'The Forth Legacy', 'Karma' has a very rich sound that gives the band an amazingly fantastical feel. Brimming with lavish orchestrations and exotic musical influences, Kamelot have slowly stepped away from the medieval themes of past albums and gone for a more varied, worldly sound, and it works well with their upbeat and energetic performances. Special mention must go to vocalist Roy Khan, who's incredible voice works very well with the music and gives it a warm and wholesome sound.

With highlights such as 'Forever', 'Across the Highlands', 'Wings of Despair', all three parts of a trilogy entitled 'Elizabeth', and the beautifully emotional 'Don't You Cry', it's clear that here is a band who, after a few albums tweaking their sound, have finally found their identity and established a style befitting a band named after the home of the legendary King Arthur. Kamelot may not be for everyone's tastes, but if you're okay with a bit of fantasy and majesty in your music, then this is definitely worth checking out.

 The Fourth Legacy by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.76 | 101 ratings

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The Fourth Legacy
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars Released in 2000, 'The Fourth Legacy' is the album which saw Kamelot rise to prominence as one of power metals most popular bands of the new millennium. Following on from 1998's 'Siege Perilous', which saw the debut of vocalist Roy Khan, the band's sound was starting to incorporate a heavy use of keyboards, which added some exotic and middle-eastern touches to the music.

The production has been massively improved upon as well, and it's this which has ushered in a new era for Kamelot. With a polished sound which does justice to the atmosphere and sense of storytelling the band are trying to set, 'The Fourth Legacy' is their best release to date. The musicianship is also much more confident than before. With faster, galloping riffs intertwined with some interesting keyboard melodies, the group are certainly headed in the right direction in all aspects but one...

Unfortunately, the compositions themselves are still a mixed bag. While there's some instant classics in the form of 'Until Kingdom Come', 'The Fourth Legacy', 'The Shadow of Uther' and 'The Inquisitor', the rest are fairly average at best. Certainly not anything overly memorable when compared to the bands later output.

'The Fourth Legacy' is a huge leap forward from the bands prior work, and while it still has its flaws, they're mostly overshadowed by the huge improvements in production and musicianship. At best, I could only say it's a decent album, but better things are definitely on the horizon.

 Siége Perilous by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.98 | 52 ratings

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Siége Perilous
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars With Kamelot's third studio album comes a major turning point in the bands history for two reasons. Number one being that with 'Siege Perilous', keyboards started to play a more pivotal role in the music, as opposed to previous releases where it was used sparingly in the background. And number two, of course, is the addition of former Conception frontman Roy Khan, a man who's distinct voice would go on to give Kamelot the identity they needed in order to stand out from the other power metal bands.

Unfortunately, these changes didn't instantly bring huge success upon the band, and while this is a good effort, it tends to feel more like a transitional period for the band as they begin to truly develop their own style.

Of course, that doesn't make this a bad album. Although there are a few rather forgettable tracks here, there are others that ooze of Kamelot's medieval-inspired charm. Songs like 'Providence', 'Parting Visions' and 'Irea' are all up there as some of the bands most memorable moments.

The addition of Khan and more prominent keyboards have laid down a path for where the band are headed in the future, but this still remains as nothing more than a good album. The symphonic elements are starting to materialize, though they're simplistic compared to future releases. Still, 'Siege Perilous' is a step in the right direction for Kamelot.

 The Black Halo by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.07 | 299 ratings

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The Black Halo
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Kamelot play a style of symphonically-inclined power metal that in principle hits all the right notes but in practice leaves me cold. I think the problem for me is that tonally speaking it falls between two stools; it's a little too cheesy to be taken as a more sober artistic statement, but not quite cheesy enough to be taken as goofy, gonzo fun. It's modern Hollywood blockbuster power metal, where it's hardly worth paying attention to what movie you're walking into because it'll be the same general characters shot with the same general CGI aesthetic and offering the same general Joss Whedony/JJ Abramsy quips whichever you go to see. The Black Halo is as palatable as it gets for me but that is literally all it is: palatable.
 Silverthorn by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.52 | 73 ratings

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Silverthorn
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Vocalist Roy Khan's has departed, but power/prog metal steadfast Kamelot continue on their path of solid releases with Silverthorn, this time with new singer Karevik. The result is a predictable, but enjoyable, release from a guilty-pleasure metal group that plays to their strengths well, creating a competent collection of songs that drip with drama-club theatrics, excellent instrumental performances, and artistic energy.

I enjoyed Khan's vocals quite a bit; they were a significant element of Kamelot's sound, and his loss is noticed. However, Karevik is no slouch. His overall timbre is consistent with Khan's, though each singer has his strengths. In Silverthorn, Karevik shows great proficiency in creating varied phrasing that adds an even higher (!) sense of drama. He is best when he's belting out the exciting stuff. However, the ballads and down-tempo moments throughout this album are not as engaging as we've heard Kamelot deliver before. Still, fans of the band won't be turned off by inclusion to the group's roster.

Musically, Silverthorn is very song-oriented. Tracks are 4-5 minutes, loosely connected, and generally accomplish what they set out to do. The standout is, not surprisingly, the extended "Prodigal Son," which is opened up enough for the group to explore more ideas than can be crammed into the shorter songs. The songwriting is standard power-metal fare though Kamelot's execution always seems to come off with more nuance and class than some of their contemporaries. The heavy synth work and inclusion of symphonic elements adds a touch of style (or cheese, your choice), that makes the album feel like it is offering more than it really is.

This, and the band's generally quite good instrumental work makes me wish they strive for more ambition and experimentation. This is especially true for guitarist Thomas Youngblood, whose consistency and energy are unflappable, but never elevates his presence in the songs to anything more than fast riffing and solos which come and go so quickly that they don't leave an impression. Come on Thomas... give me a 2-minute epic closing guitar solo I know you would nail!

Kamelot's albums are routine experiences, and without a strong narrative or vision to grab hold onto, which Silverthorn does not have, we're sort of left with these bite-sized tastes of what could be a very cool metal experience. The sort of Victorian, psuedo Goth-ghost stories that the band has stewed in for the past several albums are trite and predictable. So, while fun, Silverthorn is an average prog-metal release that will definitely satisfy fans of the genre.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

 Haven by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.42 | 67 ratings

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Haven
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Kamelot is a band that is often criticized for remaking the same album with each release. I recently reviewed an album of theirs from 2000, and would be hard pressed to think of how the band has matured in these 15+ years! Think of how much bands like Rush or Dream Theater have changed in that time frame! If you're in to power metal then this isn't a bad thing, because the band hits all the right beats when it comes to making theatrical, energetic, romantic, and rousing music... it's just the same music over and over again. For years I haven't really cared, but there's something about a Haven that rubs me the wrong way, and makes me think that the band has crafted a release that makes the criticism of sameness not only accurate, but something that holds the band back.

Haven is for the most part pretty good. It's hard to knock that band's instrumental chops or energy level. Youngblood is an under rated guitarist who handles lead and backing duties, and sounds great. The rhythm section is very competent, and do a fine job driving the momentum of the album as Palotai's keyboards give us a consistent palette of textures and solos. So what's the problem?

It's the songs and the overall tone of the album, which is mired in melodrama that doesn't work this time around. The songs lack the creative "umph" and energetic spark that makes Kamelot's sound get under the skin to make one's head rock and toes tap. Even Ghost Opera, one of the band's 3-star releases immediately grabbed your attention and kept it; Haven's songs come and go. We don't have any extended pieces, a sense of crescendo throughout the album, nor a narrative thread to carry us through the music - just song after song of Karevik singing about lost love, regret, and other touchy-feely stuff. Kamelot's music always has a few soft-spots to heighten the drama and dynamics, but Haven uses it excessively, and because the exciting parts are just OK, the album is weighted down by bathos.

A few standout songs and good musicianship doesn't overcome the power metal cheese this time around, so Haven will be one for fans for whom Kamelot's style of drama-metal can do no wrong.

Songwriting: 2 - Instrumental Performances: 3 - Lyrics/Vocals: 2 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 2

 Dominion by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.79 | 47 ratings

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Dominion
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

2 stars The band's debut 'Eternity', despite being nothing more than standard 90's power metal, had some pretty cool moments in there. Unfortunately their follow-up album, 'Dominion', is more-or-less the same thing, only with all- round weaker and less memorable songs.

However, with that said, there are two highlights for me, which is 'Song of Roland' and 'We Are Not Separate'. At this point both of these songs are stronger than anything else Kamelot recorded on this album or its predecessor. Sadly they're just not enough to save the whole album from being anything more than "good".

An all-round good power metal album, not really for anyone other than Kamelot diehards though. The best is yet to come.

 Eternity by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.78 | 45 ratings

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Eternity
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by martindavey87

3 stars This is a fairly decent debut album by Kamelot, who at the time were nothing more than a generic power metal band. Progressive elements seen in later albums are rare and discreet, and the band are yet to develop a lot of the more exotic flavors heard in their later songs. But overall, there are still some great compositions on this record.

There are very few keyboard parts and the musicianship is nowhere near that of most prog/power metal bands, but that doesn't prevent a few memorable riffs popping up, such as 'Eternity' and 'The Gleeman', and 'Etude Jongleur is a nice, though short, melodic passage.

There isn't really much else to say about this album to be honest. If you're a fan of Kamelot then it's worth getting, and I think it's generally worth picking up for anyone if you can find it cheap somewhere. Kamelot didn't really hit their stride until keyboards became a more primary instrument and with the addition of vocalist of Roy Khan (who, if you're already a Kamelot fan prior to buying this album, you'll definitely notice his absence), but this still holds up well as a look at a young band who will definitely go on to better things.

 Haven by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.42 | 67 ratings

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Haven
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by javajeff

4 stars This is what happens when you mix Seventh Wonder with Kamelot. The music is clearly Kamelot, but you can hear the influences of Tommy Karevik that helped create one of the best Progressive Metal albums of all times, Mercy Falls, as a member of Seventh Wonder. I am new to Kamelot, so in the past months I have collected everything back to Siege Perilous. I can say that Haven is one of the best albums to date. It has an infectious quality to it even though it is very different from Black Halo. I agree with others that the heart of the Kamelot catalogue begins with the excellent The Fourth Legacy, but they are on a new path making excellent music. If you enjoy Kamelot, Progressive Metal, or Symphonic Metal, there is so much to enjoy about Haven. I am a new fan of this band and look forward to future releases.
 The Fourth Legacy by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.76 | 101 ratings

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The Fourth Legacy
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Prog Leviathan
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This early release by Kamelot creates the rubber stamp that the symphonic-power-prog-metal band has used on each of its follow up albums to date. Normally this comment might be criticism, but Kamelot is very very good at crafting artful examples of this genre, and Fourth Legacy sets the stage. Their brand of soaring/dramatic/orchestral/romantic/angsty metal may cause some to turn up their noses, but even if you think Kamelot is derivative, light-weight, or cheesy, its hard to argue that the band is just plain a blast to listen to - Fourth Legacy is no exception.

The album starts with a symphonic intro, then drops us into the rip-roaring title track which opens the album with a grandiose momentum and melody. The interplay of instrumental virtuosity, appealing riffs and melodies, and Khan's incredibly easy-on-the-ear vocals start things off right. Outstanding guitar work by the incredibly consistent Youngblood will get your energy level up and the double-bass onslaught of Grillo's drumming will get your foot tapping. Great stuff that continues through the first half of the album, culminating in the heavily nuanced and orchestrated "Nights of Arabia." The band slows things down here and there, but for the most part each song is a bite-sized, fist-pumping, uplifting sing-along example power metal excellence. The song writing accomplishes quite a bit, considering that songs run about 4-5 minutes in length, but is not as ambitious as we'll see them attempt later. Barry gives some some fat bass riffing, easily identifiable thanks to the album's squeaky clean production, Miro's keyboard contributions add that layer of class (and camp) that elevates the band's sound to be more than simple metal shredding. The album closes as powerfully as it began with the outstanding "Lunar Sanctum," which features a slow build to the wonderfully epic conclusion.

While still an early album for Kamelot, Fourth Legacy is of consistently high quality and a worthy purchase for those interested in the band. If you like metal music with clean vocals and production, minimal instrumental excess but great playing, and a bit of heavy-handedness in the lyrics, it doesn't get much better than Kamelot, and the Fourth Legacy. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because it's so much fun.

Songwriting: 3 - Instrumental Performances: 4 - Lyrics/Vocals: 3 - Style/Emotion/Replay: 4

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