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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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  • Kamelot + Serious Black at Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg on 1 Jul 2015
  • Kamelot on 2 Jul 2015
  • I Am The Rocker on 4 Jul 2015
  • Rock by the River 2015 on 7 Jul 2015
  • Masters of Rock 2015 on 9 Jul 2015
  • Kamelot at La Cigale, Paris on 17 Sep 2015
  • Haven Tour 2015 on 18 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Z7 Konzertfabrik Pratteln, Pratteln on 19 Sep 2015
  • Haven Tour 2015 on 20 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Fritzclub im Postbahnhof, Berlin on 22 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Trädgår'n, Göteborg on 25 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Sentrum Scene, Oslo on 26 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Debaser Medis, Stockholm on 27 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot at Lutakko, Jyväskylä on 29 Sep 2015
  • Kamelot on 2 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at The Circus, Helsinki on 3 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at Forum Palace, Vilnius on 5 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at Progresja Music Zone, Warszawa on 6 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at Live Club, Trezzo sull'Adda, Milan on 8 Oct 2015
  • LOUD PARK 15 on 10 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at Backstage, Munich on 11 Oct 2015 - CANCELLED
  • Kamelot at La Laiterie, Strasbourg on 13 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at Ninkasi, Lyon on 14 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot at 013, Tilburg on 16 Oct 2015
  • Kamelot + DragonForce at Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL on 13 Nov 2015
  • Kamelot + DragonForce at Masquerade, Atlanta on 14 Nov 2015
  • Kamelot + DragonForce at Expo Five, Louisville on 15 Nov 2015
  • Kamelot + DragonForce at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey on 21 Nov 2015
  • Kamelot + DragonForce at Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI on 25 Nov 2015
  • Kamelot + Dragon Force at Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee on 28 Nov 2015

KAMELOT discography


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2.95 | 36 ratings
Eternity
1996
2.90 | 37 ratings
Dominion
1997
3.10 | 41 ratings
Siege Perilous
1998
3.87 | 79 ratings
The Fourth Legacy
2000
3.93 | 126 ratings
Karma
2001
3.91 | 147 ratings
Epica
2003
4.13 | 259 ratings
The Black Halo
2005
3.42 | 107 ratings
Ghost Opera
2007
3.55 | 105 ratings
Poetry For The Poisoned
2010
3.63 | 54 ratings
Silverthorn
2012
4.17 | 12 ratings
Haven
2015

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

3.91 | 20 ratings
The Expedition
2000

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

4.53 | 51 ratings
One Cold Winter's Night
2006

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

4.10 | 21 ratings
Ghost Opera - The Second Coming
2008
4.00 | 4 ratings
Poetry for the poisoned & live from wacken
2011

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

2.83 | 6 ratings
Myths & Legends Of Kamelot
2008
4.00 | 6 ratings
Sacrimony
2012

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 The Black Halo by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.13 | 259 ratings

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The Black Halo
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Isa
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5 stars |A+| Colossal.

Kamelot's seventh release, The Black Halo, remains one of the band's most critically acclaimed and highly reviewed albums, particularly on Progarchives. It also might be considered the transition album connecting the band's more power-metal styled previous works to the more (for lack of a better description up my sleeve) Gothic-themed albums which followed afterward. Released in 2005, it remains considered a modern classic for many prog-metal fans.

It is also a concept-album, specifically a sequel to the previous album Epica, both albums telling through lyrics and music an extraordinarily well-conceived story, which is loosely but highly based on the classic epic story of antiquity: Faust. Many of the lyrics involve the main character, who makes a deal with Mephisto (the devil) often reflecting on the great philosophical questions of any age: is there a supernatural realm, does God exist, what happens after death, etc. There are regular sound effects helping to depict the events being discussed in each track, such as the sound of marching during the first track, March of Mephisto.

Throughout the album, there are killer (and I mean, in terms of metal, truly epic) guitar riffs, solos, keyboard arrangements, bass support, precise and complementary drumming, and best of all, Kahn's soaring, unforgettable classically trained vocals which firmly plant one foot in the dramatic experience of opera and the other in the heavy and powerful force of metal (which, for me as an opera singer, is the best cup of tasty metallic tea I could ever find!). The songwriting is, to my ears and discernment, virtually flawless, with a not-cheesy use of classical music (which I half-jokingly proclaim with my authority as a classical musician!). The production of the album is par-excellence, not being over-produced, unlike so much prog-metal that we hear today, but just right. There are dramatic levels of soft and sorrowful, heavy and powerful, and everything in between. Each track stands alone on its own as unique, while all connect to make one hell of a cohesive musical adventure. One song is sung in an Anglicized version of Latin (Dei Gratia), and another in legit Italian (Interlude II). And honestly, what more could you want from a clean album of sumptuously musical metal?

On a personal note, this album has, over the last 9 years or so, become my top desert- island album of heavy metal, even though I've admittedly grown less fond of this genre of with the passing of years. I adore, even savor, almost every second of this album, especially Kahn's voice, who remains my favorite singer in rock music to this day, especially for his work on this album. While his departure from the band was certainly a sad even for fans, I'm happy for him and support his decision to focus more on the things that are of even greater importance in life, particularly such things as faith and family.

For me anyway, one of the greatest, most powerful, most moving albums in heavy metal history. A full blown unapologetic and epic masterpiece.

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 Dominion by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.90 | 37 ratings

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Dominion
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Pastmaster

4 stars 'Dominion' is the second studio album by symphonic/power metal band Kamelot. Unlike most people, I think that this is a much stronger album then their debut. While their debut had it's shining moments, it felt a little too much like Queensryche at times. Not that that's a bad thing, I love Queensryche, but the best songs were the more unique tracks. For me, 'Dominion' shows a natural progression from debut to sophomore effort, having an overall stronger and more unique sound.

The album starts out with a symphonic prelude 'Ascension', which I find to be a great opener for the album and a great transition into the next track 'Heaven'. 'Heaven' immediately begins with double bass and a really fast bass-line. I love the solo and how the crunching guitar plays under the solo. The next song 'Rise Again' begins with an industrial feel having pulsating drums/electronics with the occasional guitar slash. The song does of course go into power metal, but surprisingly keeps the industrial sounds. Vanderbilt's vocals also fit really well with both the power and industrial styles. Definitely one of my favorites. Another one of my favorites comes right after, the powerful 'One Day I'll Win'. After the symphonic intro passes, the melodic guitar comes in with Vanderbilt's powerful vocals. While the song does remain the same most throughout, I never tire of the powerful stomp of the entire song.

The song 'Creation' begins with very beautiful bass work before the guitar comes in. Also about two minutes through, acoustics come in that remind me a bit of Opeth's softer songs. While not my favorite on the album, I find it to be a pretty interesting song on the album. Another favorite is the song after, 'Sin'. Beginning softly, the crunching guitar soon comes in. This song has many transitions from soft to heavy, and after the 2nd transition the song changes with some groove metal guitar.

This is the final album to feature original vocalist Mark Vanderbilt, and would be replaced with the great Roy Khan. While I do think Roy Khan is the better vocalist, and his vocals would contribute greatly to masterpieces such as 'Epica' and 'The Black Halo', Mark Vanderbilt does give a great performance on this album. Vanderbilt's vocals seem more raw then Khan's, and musically this album a bit rawer and much less polished. He still does sound like Geoff Tate at times here, but I think the rawness this time around gives his vocals his own sound.

Overall, a big step up from the debut, and I highly recommend this album to any fans of symphonic/power metal.

4.5 rounded down to 4

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 Eternity by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.95 | 36 ratings

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Eternity
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by Pastmaster

4 stars Kamelot-Eternity

'Eterntiy' is the debut studio album by symphonic/power metal band Kamelot. With a new Kamelot album on the way, I thought it would be a good time to start reviewing through their discography. Before Kamelot gained critical acclaim with some of their following albums with Roy Khan on vocals, Mark Vanderbilt was vocalist.

Musically, this album set the groundwork for Kamelot's signature sound. The opening title track starts the album off with orchestral instrumentation before some great drum work by Richard Warner signals in the powerful driving riffing. The song has pretty much everything I want in my power metal, a powerful vocalist, fast melodic hooks, symphonic elements, and as a bonus Warner gives a stellar drum performance. I can hear a lot of early Queensryche influence, especially the next song 'Black Tower' which sounds like Queensryche with some symphonic elements. The third song however, 'Call of the Sea', is much stronger and has that 'power' that's needed. The crunching riffs fit perfectly with Vanderbilt's vocals melodies. The chorus is great, with a very memorable wail of 'The sea is calling me!'. 'Red Sands' stands out too, being a very fast-paced track. Another memorable chorus is found here, not detracting from the speed of the track. The bridge transitions the song into a much more atmospheric place, before re-gaining speed.

My favorite on the album has to be 'Fire Within', which has great use of the Phrygian scale. While the song begins using it slow and menacingly, it gets fit into the heavier crunch of the powerful guitar. Vanderbilt's vocals also fit perfectly with the melody of the song. The album does end on a strong note with a grand finale of 'The Gleeman'. It's melodic hooks get stuck in your head, and Vanderbilt's vocals again really fit in with the melody with his melodic wails. The bridge has excellent guitar work, and a solo that really sings. Overall, a great finisher.

Remember when I compared the song 'Black Tower' to Queensryche? Well, that's really the only real big flaw about this album. Sometimes it sounds TOO Queensryche, Vanderbilt's voice is powerful and great, but again a little TOO Geoff Tate. Thankfully, there is enough power and symphonic elements to make some songs stand out on there own. While a great vocalist, knowing Roy Khan would come join later on, Vanderbilt pales in comparison. While Khan has a similar vocal style, it has a lot more polish and power to stand on it's own then Vanderbilt's.

Overall, it's certainly great for a debut. While not immediately up to standards, it has some great underrated songs, and it's interesting to hear how Kamelot began before they became the powerhouse they are now. Recommended to fans of early Queensryche.

3.5 rounded up to 4

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 Dominion by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.90 | 37 ratings

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Dominion
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars Dominium saw the light in summer of 1997 and is Kamelot second album. Built with same attitude and energy as ther previous album, to me Dominium is my least fav Kamelot album , while is good for sure , to my ears is less intresting then later on releases from the band and is even a little let down from Eternity, only my opinion. Ok, the guitar work of Youngblood is impressive, such an underrated guitarist, really he is one of the best in his field. The music is ok here pieces like opening Ascension little instrumental is great or One Day I'll Win, the rest are ok only, not really bad moments overall. So, a good album but rather date it in my opnion, a thing that was not present on Eternity. 3 stars for this one, the great potential of the band was yet to come, later on with Sieges perilous the third album, and with excellent focalist from norwegians Conception - Roy Khan who replace Mark Vanderbilt.

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 Eternity by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.95 | 36 ratings

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Eternity
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Kamelot first album named Eternity from 1995 is without doubt my fav Kamelot album together with The forth legacy, no matter what other said and think this is a pretty solid debut. I know this band since this album hit the shelves and I was quite impressed back then as now. The music offered is something between Queensryche (The warning, Rage for order era) with hints from Crimson Glory or even from Conception (being contemporary with Kamelot) - Kamelot later on got the excelent vocalist Roy Khan from the norwegians. A mixed of heavy/melodic power metal with progressive metal tendencies, the result is great IMO. No weak moments here, in fact on this album are quite fantastic pieces, where the guitar of Thomas Youngblood really shines, he is one of my fav guitarists ever, what he done here and later on with the band is impressive. Pieces like Black tower, Proud nomad, Call of the Sea, One of the haunted, the beautiful both lyricaly and musicaly What About Me show a very big potential in musicianship and in ideas. To me was not another american power metal band back then, even the voice of Mark Vanderbilt who is very much in Geoff Tate zone, done some fantastic vocal lines. Maybe I'm little biased here but I love this album since the beggining and I have a soft spot for it. So, to me easy 4 stars, better then Dominum their follow up and in same league with the rest to come. Very eficient progressive/power metal for fans of Queensryche, Crimson Glory, Mercury Risisng. I was really shocked how low rated this album is here as on other prog pages.

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 Dominion by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.90 | 37 ratings

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Dominion
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars One day you'll win

Dominion was Kamelot's second album and the final one to feature Mark Vanderbilt on lead vocals before he was replaced by Roy Khan for the band's next album. With Dominion the band follows closely the template of their debut Eternity. These first two albums can be said to constitute the first era of the band's career and are quite different in style compared to what was to come later. The style is again close to that of Iron Maiden and Vanderbilt's voice reminds heavily of Bruce Dickinson of that band. Still, the occasional presence of piano, synthesisers and acoustic guitars add a dimension foreign to Iron Maiden and similar bands.

Still, as I mentioned in my review of Eternity, there were some hints already on these first two albums of the style that Kamelot went on to develop further with their third album Siege Perilous and then perfect on the brilliant The Fourth Legacy. I'm thinking here of the Symphonic and Neo-Classical elements that I so like about this band. But the progressive elements are admittedly not very strong yet at this point which might explain the low ratings that these albums get on this site. In general, I think that the early albums by Kamelot are underrated. Though, this applies especially to the excellent third album Siege Perilous. Since I posted my review of Siege Perilous here a few days ago, that album has continued to grow on me and I went back to give it another star (from three to four) and also raised my rating of The Fourth Legacy from four to five.

Dominon opens with a short symphonic intro that then leads into the first proper song. What follows is a set of moderately adventurous but appealing Heavy Metal songs, none of which are weak, but also none of which are remarkable. I was previously familiar with the song We Are Not Separate which was later re-recorded with Roy Khan and featured as a bonus studio track on the live album The Expedition. This song has a strong and memorable riff and is my favourite track off Dominion. In Creation a keyboard solo is present.

This album is recommended in addition to the equally good Eternity, though Kamelot's ascension to greatness would really commence with their next album

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 Eternity by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.95 | 36 ratings

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Eternity
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars What About Me?

Most people, I suppose, (including this reviewer), got to know Kamelot from one of their later albums featuring Roy Khan on vocals, and only later, if at all, went backwards chronologically in the band's discography to investigate the band's earlier efforts. When doing so, one immediately notices how different the band's first two albums are from what came thereafter.

Eternity was Kamelot's debut release and it sounds quite different from what one would expect after hearing the group's later efforts. Even though Kamelot is an American band, the sound here is very much that of the so-called New Wave of British Heavy Metal, particularly Iron Maiden comes to mind. Vocalist Mark Vanderbilt reminds very much of Bruce Dickinson and also of Queensryche's Geoff Tate.

There were some minor symphonic and Neo-classical elements already present, though nothing here is particularly progressive. The musical connections to later albums is rather weak, but there were already here some hints and indication of things to come including the symphonic introduction to the opening title track, the tasteful power ballad What About Me, and the acoustic guitars and keyboard sounds.

The material is strong keeping in mind that this is a debut album. The musicianship is highly professional already and I definitely enjoy this album, even more so than many more recent Kamelot albums. Yet, one cannot deny that the band's best efforts were still ahead of them at this point in time. Fans of Iron Maiden and early Queensryche should check this out.

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 The Expedition  by KAMELOT album cover Live, 2000
3.91 | 20 ratings

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The Expedition
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars The cauldron was boiling!

The Expedition was Kamelot's first live album, recorded at (what I consider to be) the peak of the band's career, just after the release of their two best studio albums The Fourth Legacy and Siege Perilous. There are 11 great tracks in total, but the final three of these are studio recordings. Out of the eight live tracks, five are taken from the band's masterpiece The Fourth Legacy and two from the excellent Siege Perilous. The remaining live track Call Of The Sea is a song that originally appeared on the band's debut album Eternity. The latter is particularly interesting as it was originally sung by the band's previous vocalist, Mark Vanderbilt. Here, of course, it is Roy Khan handling the vocals. I certainly wouldn't have minded a few more of these re-interpretations songs from the Vanderbilt era, especially as this live album is rather short there would have been room for more.

The three studio tracks are all excellent beginning with We Three Kings, a totally Neo-Classical piece that reminds heavily of Ritchie Blackmore's wonderful style. One Day is a tasteful ballad. Both of these strong tracks would have fitted very nicely on Siege Perilous for which I understand they were originally intended. The final track is a re-recorded version of another song that was originally recorded with Mark Vanderbilt and originally featured on the band's second studio album, Dominion. We Are Not Separate features a strong and memorable riff.

The only complaint I have about this album is its relatively short length. But what is here represents Kamelot at their very best. Highly enjoyable, this live album is an excellent companion to the studio albums of the era, particularly The Fourth Legacy and Siege Perilous, which happen to be my favourite Kamelot albums.

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 Siege Perilous by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.10 | 41 ratings

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Siege Perilous
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars The third legacy

For their third album, Kamelot recruited Roy Khan who immediately become the voice of the band. On Siege Perilous all the trademarks of the band were finally firmly in place. A great mixture of Symphonic Power Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, and progressive flourishes, with strong melodies and powerful vocals. Still, it would not be until the next album, the excellent The Fourth Legacy, that they would have their breakthrough. In my opinion they would also reach their peak with The Fourth Legacy, which remains my favourite Kamelot album. But the present album is my second favourite of the band and a great album in its own right and certainly pointing in the right direction.

The material is strong throughout, even if not quite as memorable as the The Fourth Legacy material. The progressive side of the band is certainly present, but admittedly not very strongly. The instrumental closer Siege is probably the most adventurous track here. The track called Expedition later gave its name to the band's first live album which featured live versions of this and another track from Siege Perilous, Millennium.

I find this album to be underrated and to be among Kamelot's very best albums, and unlike many I actually prefer Siege Perilous to most of Kamelot's later albums. This is highly recommended in addition to the band's masterpiece, The Fourth Legacy.

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 Silverthorn by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.63 | 54 ratings

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Silverthorn
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by SevDawg

5 stars I have to review this subjectively because KAMELOT is one of my favorite bands. I strongly believe that "Silverthorn" is one of their better albums, which is especially interesting given Roy Khan's departure from the band. Tommy Karevik has done a wonderful job of filling Khan's shoes. His melodies are similar to that of the older Kamelot and in some way mimics Khan's vocal range. Unfortunately, Karevik cannot sing like he does in his other band SEVENTH WONDER (which is a shame because his vocals are really good in that band).

"Silverthorn" is another concept album that is definitely an improvement from "Poetry for the Poisened". Musically it's reminiscent of older Kamelot albums, but it has a new touch. I have to admit it took awhile before this album sank in. When I initially listened to it when it was released I didn't think it was all that good and I ignored it. It sat in my library for months until I really discovered how amazing this album was.

A few songs worth mentioning are "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)", "Torn", "My Confession", "Falling like the Fahrenheit", and "Solitaire".

KAMELOT is a band that is more symphonic in nature and not as heavily progressive as other bands out there. I'd recommend it to fans of KAMELOT and any metalheads out there.

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