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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 top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.88 | 35 ratings
Eternity
1996
2.82 | 35 ratings
Dominion
1997
3.11 | 40 ratings
Siege Perilous
1998
3.82 | 77 ratings
The Fourth Legacy
2000
3.93 | 119 ratings
Karma
2001
3.89 | 145 ratings
Epica
2003
4.10 | 243 ratings
The Black Halo
2005
3.42 | 104 ratings
Ghost Opera
2007
3.57 | 99 ratings
Poetry For The Poisoned
2010
3.62 | 44 ratings
Silverthorn
2012

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

3.78 | 23 ratings
The Expedition
2000

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

4.43 | 55 ratings
One Cold Winter's Night
2006

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

4.26 | 19 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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 Dominion by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.82 | 35 ratings

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Dominion
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

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
2.88 | 35 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
2.82 | 35 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
2.88 | 35 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
3.78 | 23 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
3.11 | 40 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
3.62 | 44 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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 Karma by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.93 | 119 ratings

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Karma
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars This is the studio follow-up to 'The Fourth Legacy' that I reviewed a while ago. This difficult fifth album shows the band at probably their strongest yet. They hit hard, yet never lose their melody and in vocalist Khan, they have one of the strongest singers around. It is impossible to follow the lyrics easily without having the booklet to hand and although he is not as much of a screamer as Bruce Dickinson, they have a lot in common. They do not have a keyboard player in the band, which seems a little strange as that sound is integral to their music (here provided by co-producer Miro).

Thomas Youngblood riffs like a dervish, while Glenn Barry and Casey Grillo keep the bottom end nailed tight. The production is very good, and the power of the band comes through without losing any of the melody. The album closes with a trilogy based on Elisabeth Bathory. With one song ("Don't You Cry") being homage to Thomas' father this melodic hard rock band is a little out of the ordinary.

An album I enjoyed immensely.

Originally appeared in Feedback #62, May 01

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 The Fourth Legacy by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.82 | 77 ratings

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The Fourth Legacy
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars It is not surprising, given the title, that this is the fourth album by Kamelot. They have used a guest keyboard player, along with choirs and string sections, and these have all added depth to what is a stunning melodic metal album. There are parts of it, such as the introduction to "Desert Reign", which give no hint of the power and force of the music as it is not what one would expect to find on a rock album.

But, songs such as the title track show Kamelot in their true colours, flying high on a wind of anthemic intricate melodic metal with Casey Grillo pounding those double bass drum pedals for all he is worth. The fact that they have attempted to make their music much more than just another metal album is definitely in their favour, and Noise have also done their part with some evocative artwork for the booklet. If you are intrigued by bands such as Stratovarius then this is an album you must discover (distributed in the UK by Koch International).

Originally appeared in Feedback #57

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 Silverthorn by KAMELOT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.62 | 44 ratings

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Silverthorn
Kamelot Progressive Metal

Review by kluseba

2 stars Kamelot are one of those symphonic power metal bands that loads of people seem to enjoy as they have rather progressive song writing and skip the overloaded elements and stereotypically charged joyful topics many of their European colleagues are focusing on. After the criticized predecessor "Poetry For The Poisoned" that had many dull moments and a lack of passion and variation, the band's Norwegian singer Roy Khan left the band and was soon replaced by another Scandinavian singer, the young Tommy Karevik from Sweden. Many people were expecting a return to strength but also a few changes but to my negative surprise nothing of this happened.

If I didn't know that the band had a new singer, I wouldn't have even recognized it as the new guy sounds like a pale copy of his predecessor despite many positive comments about the young man's old main band that are the Swedish progressive metal act Seventh Wonder. The lack of original vocals is though not the main issue on here. The problem is that this record is even more emotionless and overloaded than the previous one. We get way too many sound effects, an endless number of more or less impressive guest musicians and a too elevated number of artificially flavoured orchestral and symphonic instruments that make me think of a bad computer game soundtrack. When one hears a random female guest singer in one track that is followed by pointless choirs performed by a group of children just to kick off a pathetic and overlong kitsch symphony part, this is not only confusing but also mildly amusing. The songs sound directionless and random. Too many cooks spoil the broth in here.

There aren't any truly catchy or outstanding parts on this release to point out. I might cite that the diversity works best in "Veritas" but only because I really like oriental folk influences in general that are also included on this song. The calm and mysterious beginning of the epic "Prodigal Son" also seems quite promising but the songs turns out to go nowhere as time runs out and is way too long.

In the end, this new release is even a step down after the flawed predecessor. Blind fan boys will talk about multiple influences, progressive changes and many new faces and influences but I can't agree on that at all. The band just sounds lost on this release. The last album had at least a constant atmosphere and clear guiding line. Even if you're a regular fan of them, you should give this release a listen before you take the risk of buying it and have a very negative surprise.

Originally published on the Metal Archives on November 26th of the year 2012

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