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EPICA

Kamelot

 

Progressive Metal

3.91 | 166 ratings

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Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Epica' - Kamelot (7/10)

While I am indeed a fan of Kamelot (and european-styled power metal in general) they've never passed me as being all too progressive. However, any progressive metal fan should be able to appreciate the progressive and classical nuances of this band. Roy Khans classically-trained operatic vocals are among some of the best in melodic metal, and the band certainly makes an impression with 'Epica.' While it's probably not my favourite material from the band, 'Epica' is a metal opera that lives up to it's name and beyond.

For those relatively familiar with power metal, there shouldn't be too much here that you won't have heard before. Kamelot's sound is unique in a sense, but they are definately not progressive to the point of completely distinguishing themselves from their contemporaries.

There is definately a story of sorts being told here; and while I've never paid too much attention to the lyrics themselves, the plot elements feel very classical, as if this was the grim soundtrack to some renaissance tragedy.

While all of the music is great, the problem (and reason that this is not a five star album) is because there aren't any tracks here that truly stand out as being exceptional. 'Epica' is a piece that flows as one, but there aren't any parts that really knock one's metaphorical socks off. However, the fact remains that Kamelot is a very talented band, and 'Epica' shows this very well.

Conor Fynes | 4/5 |

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