Kamelot – The Black Halo Reviews

The Black Halo

Kamelot inked their recording contract in 1994 and released their debut, Eternity, the following August. The press praised the album as one of the most promising first offerings ever. 1996 saw the arrival of Dominion, an album that sounded even more varied and diverse than its predecessor. In spring 1997 Kamelot found Casey Grillo and the former Conception vocalist Khan, who joined the group during the production of Siege Perilous. In autumn of the same year, the new line-up embark (more…)

13 responses to “Kamelot – The Black Halo Reviews”

  1. Victoria says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Their finest
    The second part of the Epica saga is definitely the stronger- from start to finish, it’s just a slam-perfect blend of metal, orchestra, and of course the awesome voice of Roy…

  2. Keyah says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Kamelot Album
    The title says it all, this is Kamelot’s best work. If you are looking for an album to start your collection of this band, start here.

  3. Emeric says:

    First, I must say that I am a fan of Kamelot since its beginnings, but always as the superior design of the Khan-projects and while I'm still somewhat impressed with some of the Kamelot releases, I have never on the same size as melodic conception belongs to me this album. “The Black Halo” absolutely blew me from the first listen, and I think almost every song here blows everything away Khan ever with conception. Believe me, this says a hell of a lot out of me! After more impressed with their previous release “Epica” Kamelot as one of the earlier albums, I was a bit more anxiety than usual to hear this album than I have with any of their previous releases, especially when I catch from the beginning, that the evaluations they called their best album to date.
      I honestly had chills listening to the opening track “, March Mephisto.” It is powerful and melodic to pay! With the perfect fusion of symphonic melodies, blistering guitar hook and some of the melodic vocals you hear everywhere in the power metal scene, Kamelot have epic power metal to a whole new level with this song along with the equally stellar “Memento Mori” the longest song to date, clocking in just shy of 9 minutes. These two songs are worth the price alone for the album and simply place in my book as two of the best power metal epics ever, and this is certainly not to say that the rest of the album is filler, since there are no duds in the mixture in this case. It's almost as if the band back and analyze their entire careers to discover the formula for all the great songs ever written and it infused in every song she wrote for this album, then boosted it with an epic sound, and some of the catchiest power they could hook pattern. In addition, some special guests, the musicians Jens Johansson of Stratovarius keys, Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir, which adds a touch of evil in the epic sound of “March of Mephisto” and “Memento Mori” and Simone Simmons from the band Epica Add her hauntingly (no pun intended) beautiful vocals on “The Haunting (Somewhere in Time),” Just the radio-friendly song on the album.
      This album is surely just the test of time as Kamelot's magnum opus and I would rank it as, by far the best power metal epic, which has been published so far in this decade! If you belong to the group, this band is always equated with “Dungeons and Dragons Metal,” this is the album that is most likely your opinion about them and win over. Khan, it sounds very much like Geoff Tate, has never sounded better than he on this album, especially on the Middle East issued power-epic, the opening track. Kamelot have this torch in their distinctive sound throughout their career, but there is just something that clicks here, and brings it to a new level of perfection in epic proportion. They also have a bit more of a progressive element to some of the songs here, as we have heard on previous albums. This is especially evident on “Memento Mori”.
      Other album highlights include the incredibly melodic “When the lights down” and the powerful title track, but it is difficult, favorites, because this is one of the few Kamelot albums that I found was very audible from the beginning to end. They also include some interesting short interlude between songs, one of whom even Khan sings in Italian. The only song that sounds the epic power riffs dominate the album is the atmospherically charged “Abandoned”, which includes strong symphonic elements, which perfectly complement Khan amazingly heart-wrenching vocals on this track. Lyrically, this album still on the conceptual story that began on “Epica” the struggle between good and evil, but not be frightened that you are gone. They pull it with a melody and epic style (near the Opera shares) which I have to hear another band to be achieved, without like a Disney movie soundtrack (note, Symphony X). I have, with an earlier review that it is unlikely that a better album in 2005 (although in some samples I've heard of the new Pagan's Mind, which in April, they can only give Camelot a run for the money). This is easily the best album Kamelot have to date, and they are under great pressure to be always on top. “The Black Halo” is an absolute must-have masterpiece from 2005, aimed at fans of epic power metal and progressive metal fans alike.

  4. Otieno says:

    Power Metal-metal version of punk rock. Numerous bands spawn each year, mostly from Germany, but all with the same sound: fast double-bass drums, crisp, harmonized guitars, a powerful singer, and numerous references to the imagination. In fact, it is almost impossible, a Power Metal band, not a medieval or fantastic setting as the physical space for their music, a decision that is ridiculous, since the beginnings of the genre. Among the throngs of Sonata Artica's, Edguy and Hammerfall, it is difficult to create a truly innovative band.
      Fortunately for us, there is Kamelot.
      On its seventh album, “The Black Halo”, the American power-metal ensemble developed the Regal and majestic sound perfected it with their last release, 2003's “Epica” the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust as an inspiration. Although the typical power-metal brackets are still there, the tones are more varied this time around. Fast, energetic and melodically predictable pieces such as “When the Lights Are Down” and “Soul Society”, the band anchored the comfortable sounds of what we expect. The Rodenberg Symphony Orchestra Kamelot continues the tradition of layering songs with a sophisticated sound of strings, violins and horns. Softer ballads like “The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)” and “Abandoned” grace the album with piano, string quartets and female choirs, a stark contrast. But this is nothing new. Earlier songs like “A Sailorman anthem” and “Do not You Cry” review of the band softer side in previous albums.
      Then there is the unexpected.
      Black Metal superstar from Sweden's Shagrath Dimmu Borgir is a special appearance with his blasphemous, guttural pipes on “March of Mephisto”, the coveted position as the album the first track . Normally for the faster numbers – in this case: “If the light is Down” – the opening of the route is slower and more intense, like a dark parade. It is a song unlike any other in the Kamelot catalog, whose inner echo “Master of Puppets” era Metallica and Dream Theater earlier. Singer Roy Khan not hold back on this title or album, without fear of showing his impressive vocal range. Guitarist Thomas Young Blood (whose name is perfectly suited to the genre) is somewhat restrained and subtle in its delivery, solo only when needed and keep the riffage quickly reduced to a minimum. The song even has a cameo of Power Metal veteran Jens Johansson of Stratovarius from Finland.
      The album is at the heart of the 9-minute “Memento Mori”, a song that visited several genres and explores a series of movements, from a melody to remember listeners of Savatage. The piece explores the Middle East influenced melodies and medieval landscapes and still has time to Shagrath back for another resonance, sinister growl. After the third and last episode, we are another gem, the catchy and delightful “Serenade” is a perfect example of the tired Kamelot, Power Metal formula and to their advantage with a gifted ear.
      The theatrical elements are greater than they rely on their past works. The album of the three short “Interludes” are well done with many sound effects – Walking on snow, a person lighting a match, a distant church, people in a tavern – combine that individual songs with a subtle narrative. Even more impressive is the handful of references to “Epica”, namely in the form of a known melody, or the inclusion of a subtly altered poetry.
      For all epic thematic and musical context, the album is not without flaws. The power-metal genre has little creative elbow-room, and also Kamelot finally fall into the trap too forgettable. Songs such as the level of “The Pain” and the unchanging “Nothing That Ever” Lull for far too long without a standout track. Even the title track is missing a great melody or chorus to drive is. Unfortunately, in its genre, this trend is almost inevitable.
      But of course, these shortcomings will only apply if you are a Power Metal connoisseurs. Otherwise, “The Black Halo” is an amazing creation. The few dull tracks make it an easy step from “Epica”, but not much. The enormous diversity of the album flows along with the big orchestral sound, with rich guitar work, the album collected. It is a must for any fan of the genre, and a necessary introduction for those.
      See also: Kamelot – “Epica” Kamelot – “The Fourth Legacy”

  5. Halden says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Power metal of Faustian proportions.
    Whenever I come across a band like Kamelot, I just want to give them all a big hug and yell “Thank you!” at the top of my lungs.

  6. Valerian says:

    Kamelot …… since the last release, _Epica_. And it is undeniable that the best power metal album to date. For Kamelot and to perfect a genre that is usually so poorly represented may be a lower performance than to do, where colleagues are strong. But the type of recording Halo_ _The Black and his predecessor _Epica_ should never be used as a means of performance. These are some of the best albums and consumingly audible there, along with output from such bands as Pineforest crunch, Thinking Plague, The Beatles, Spock's, and Meshuggah.
      In relation to the music, everything has been said about _Epica_ can be said about _The Black Halo_. This is fitting, since it halves the _Faust_-inspired concept Epica_. The only really important difference is that the music is heavier (guitars are in the mix, lots of tasty crunch), and even melodic _more_ (much to my surprise, they beat up again). Kamelot art of orchestrating the tension-filled verses in large choirs and radical Azz Kicking little riffs and symphonic bitti has apparently tapped into an endless source of inspiration.
      All songs are totally great. Kamelot gear changes and opens the album with a high-speed, but a rather dark, mid-tempo “March of Mephisto”, twistingly melodic riffs and Shaggrath of Dimmu Borgir as Mephisto, support Khan on the chorus. Court then stated: “If the light down with a blazing double-bass pedals and driving, crunchy riffs. It rather switch between the middle and fast tempos throughout (soft interludes, and in most songs), which is in the middle with “Abandoned,” a piano ballad with Khan on the basis of pure singing (awe-inspiring, really), Mari and singing as Helena, as the music starts to swell on Crest of strings and heavy drums. There are between games, but less than the previous disc, including some interesting moments, an additional nice touch of variety, such as an atmospheric cabaret and a brief vocal solo by Khan. The album builds all builds ridiculously high level and then right over the top with “Momento Mori”, Kamelot biggest, best song to date Perhaps the best part of Kamelot's _Epica_ story is that every album the final song ( ” ; Three Ways to Epica “and” Momento Mori “) are the best, most intense songs finals with the best choruses ever in power metal. Why do other power metal bands even exist? Kamelot wipes the floor with all of them. Sad but true. The story ends and “Serenade” offers an epilogue much as “the center of the universe” is a prologue. “Serenade” 's glittering reef and yet another high (but dark) chorus ends the album perfectly. The story of _The Black Halo_ begins with Ariel still mourning Helena and Mephisto power. What happens next, he learns that Mephisto is only a part of himself, and that the choice between ways of righteousness and evil is to be alone. At the end he comes to peace with himself, then he dies. By the way, I'm probably just a Fanboy. You can become better by someone more objective.
      a note on the expenditures: This review is one of the Amazon page for the normal edition johnny. A boring, ghetto-plastic shell and no bonus tracks. There is another domestic special edition (probably out of print now), packaged in a bright, elegant digipak with two bonus tracks (radio edits of “March of Mephisto” and “The Haunting”). I think it could be a music video on it. The BEST EDITION THEY would be the Japanese, because it is a bonus track is that _not_ Radio Edit, “Epilogue”). It is a wonderful song and a big crazy fan with Kamelot only be satisfied if the requirement is.

  7. Estelle says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Hard Rock Teen Band that doesn’t suck!
    A excellent first effort for a group that brings Hard Rock/Metal back to basics. No Cookie monster growling vocals, no over the top endless guitar riffs, just basic fast hard…

  8. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really Quite Amazing For Symphonic Metalheads And Rock and Rollers Alike
    Anyone who enjoys the sound an lyrics of Queensryche would find Kamelot entertaining to the Nth degree.

  9. Gamada says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Choc-full of great Kamelot hits.
    The Black Halo proves that both past Kamelot albums were not a fluke, and that Kamelot’s flame of invention is only burning stronger.

  10. Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Mesmerizing… yes, it’s that good.
    There is a reason that this album gets mostly 5-star reviews.
    First off all, you have to listen to this awesome music on a Zune or some other device that will output…

  11. Padma says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Desert Island
    I think the best test of an album’s merit is to place it in the context of music you would want on a desert island (with an unlimited power source and a CD player and headphones)…

  12. Tino says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A new take on metal
    Wow – this was my first Kamelot CD, and it really blew me away. Pushing 50, hearing a new twist on metal that I can really enjoy (since it is beyond my supposed demographics -…

  13. Giona says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Gives Me Goose Bumps!
    Take Geoff Tate vocals and Jordan Rudess keyboards, Paul O’Neill and Jon Olivia symphonic operatic songwriting, add great bass and drums, and you get Kamelot.

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