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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,
Someone once told me their hasn't been an original idea since the wheel. That's an exaguration but not that much. Point is the album sounds GREAT!
Anyway, on to the review: Kamelot and especially the singer, get so much hype. But then again the world of power metal is full of hype anyway. Don't get me wrong: enjoyable band with strong melodies. But there is an element of style that I really don't like, that is hard to explain, but if you can find the similarities between Nevermore's DHIADW and Dimmu Borgir's PEM, then you know what I mean (some of you are probably wondering what the hell element I am talking about). Also, some songs have a good melody but the structures are very boring. The thing is, in some power metal it works ok, and that holds true here as well.
The main complaint I have is that the singer's voice is too sweet and not ballsy enough. He never quite lets rip like Rob or Hansi in that metal scream. He is too reserved. But the other complaints are minor. Worth a used purchase or something, but not the 15-20 for a new copy.
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I THOUGHT THIS WAS A EXCELLENT CD DUE TO THE FACT THAT THERE LEAD SINGER KHAN,HAS AN EXCELLANT VOICE. Read morePublished on April 17 2003 by jerry langley
Everything you've heard about this release is true. So, there;s not much for me to comment on, that hasn't been already. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by Kindle Customer
OK,so Karma has been out about a year and a half and you probably have it, so why am I writing this review? Because there are people out there who procrastinate aren't there? Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2003 by Mr D.
You know how sometimes you play an album for the first time, and you realize the music isn't the most original in the world, but you still can't help banging your head like crazy... Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2003 by helstar
Kamelot has only improved with each record, and i can say that this is their best. Overall, it's well conceived and fairly complicated (folks, the guitarist does not make the... Read morePublished on Dec 28 2002 by Adam