|1. REGALIS APERTURA|
|3. WINGS OF DESPAIR|
|4. THE SPELL|
|5. DON'T YOU CRY|
|7. THE LIGHT I SHINE ON YOU|
|8. TEMPLES OF GOD|
|9. ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS|
|10. ELISABETH: MIRROR, MIRROR|
|11. ELISABETH: REQUIEM FOR THE INNOCENT|
|12. ELISABETH: FALL FROM GRACE|
|13. Ne Pleure Pas (US Bonus)|
Previous reviews have included Freedom Call, Sonata Arctica, Dark Moor, Thy Majestie and Secret Sphere. Kamelot will complete the hexagon of top bands in this sub genre and the good news is, believe it or not, they are from America. Down in the back yard of the current Super Bowl Champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Maybe that's why they play swashbuckling Heroic music. It's a shame that their record label and most of their following is overseas.
What's that you say? I left off Rhapsody. Yes I know. They play their self described "Hollywood Metal", Italiano. Plus, It's my list, you can do your own.
Karma is the fifth of six studio albums released by Kamelot. It has been out for a couple years so if you're into this kind of music you probably own it. Therefore, this review is for the stragglers (there's always some), the fence sitters and the non-believers, if they haven't clicked off yet and the ever curious.
Before I start I would like to say a little something about the sub-genre. I have the feeling that many people think Epic Power Metal is an offshoot or a little brother of Death, Black or Doom Metal. This is absolutely untrue, I'm too old for anything that smacks of Death Metal and if I were younger I still doubt if I would like it.
Now there are different versions of Power Metal as well. My favorite bands are the ones that introduce a symphonic element, sometimes with choirs into their music. Kamelot is such a band and I am visibly impressed by their larger than life sound, so let's talk about Kamelot, shall we?Read more ›
Karma is all over the place, slow, fast, driving, pounding, epic sounding in some places. They are like the other bands I love, not ego driven, little gratuitous guitar thrashing, little bombastic showmanship that doesn't fit in the context of their overall music. Everything fits, they display teamwork, and there is no thrashing (thank heavens).
They never fall into the trap that so many guitar driven bands fall into (Rhapsody, or Malmsteen as an example), where guitar noise takes over and the melody and the message of the song gets lost in noise and pounding distorted technical playing. These guys just love music and it shows. Lots of interesting instruments, and different vocal interludes. And Khan simply cranks. King Khan is awesome!!
I love these guys. Karma is awesome,
Where do I begin to sing the praises of Kamelot? Read more