С альбомом Eternity редкий случай с этим альбомом, когда вокал настолько сильно влияет на оценку в отрицательную сторону.
Я слушал этот альбом еще 15 лет назад и тогда вокал Mark Vanderbilt казался очень своеобразным и уникальным, а сейчас это конечно видится просто плохим вокальным продюссированием, его стиль и манера, она очень на любителя, я бы сказал выбрана не та.
Эти хедвойсовые привизгивания аля ранний Geoff Tate, когда они постоянно, очень надоедает и раздражает многих, справедливо, а также частое заужение звука. Причем альбом то классный хэви/павер олдскульный, что-то между Sanctuary и ранними Queensryche, не слишком тяжёлый, среднетемповый и мелодичный, если бы не слабая концовка, это была бы крепкая 4/5. Песни то хороши, чуть ли не лучший альбом Kamelot.
I've been listening to Ghost Opera and The Black Halo again and, even after all these years later, they sound so fresh. Kamelot is not a band I care about nor the type of music I tend to listen to, but those two albums are one of my favorites ever
from 'The Fourth Legacy' onwards they had great albums in a row... just epic melodic power metal with great songwriting & arrangements. (mostly thanks to producer Sascha Paeth i think, cuz first 3 albums are so forgettable, even that one w/ Roy Khan)
I saw Kamelot the other night, and it was an amazing concert. Such a great mix of old and new songs. I really enjoy Tommy as vocalist, and I'm glad that he's comfortable singing so many of the songs that were previously Roy's.
imagine me, listening Kamelot for almost 2 decades and just recently found out "Snow" cuz it was part of limited edition i didnt know about... Well, nevertheless it feels great, like old school Kamelot released a new song :)
I love all song from the Glorious Four and of course the Poetry for the Poisoned, which grew in me a lot lately :) Ghost Opera is an amazing album too and the new stuff also has something to offer. For example I love lots of songs on The Shadow Theory.
"The Black Halo" and "The Fourth Legacy" are definitely my favorite Kamelot albums too. TBH is my absolute favorite in terms of songwriting and lyrics, but TFS is an extremely close second. I'd say they're my favorite albums in the power metal genre as a whole, really. "Karma" and "Epica" are fantastic too, of course.
I know only that I adore The Black Halo, Momento Mori and The Great Pandemonium songs over all what they did :D And three great songs from The Fourth Legacy: Inquisitor, Alexandria and Lunar Sanctum. And somehow have soft spot for the interlude Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso :D
I agree. These 4 albums are also my favourite of Kamelot. I guess that Khan singing in all of those, plays a part in that choice; with all due respect to the work that Vanderbilt and Karevik have done. But Khan will always remain a crucial part in the legacy of Kamelot, during his 13-year career in this band.
That's because Khan didn't write material for "Siege Perilous". He just sang there. The lines were supposed to be sung by Vanderbilt, and when Conception split in late 1997, (or early 1998) then Kamelot immediately hired Khan to sing for Siege perilous. And throughout 1999/2000 Khan worked A LOT lyrically and musically so they could progress so much in "The 4th Legacy." Thomas had some good ideas in the riffs, but many of The 4th Legacy's tracks like "Lunar Sanctum" were made possible because of Khan's PROG experience in Conception for 8 years (1990-1998).
Me lembro de quando eu conheci Kamelot, de cara já sai louco pra comprar os albums porque era uma PUTA banda, mas depois do último álbum com o Khan, essa banda ficou tão morna, MAS TÃO MORNA, Nenhuma grande música além da Sacrimony. Tá tudo tão igual, repetido :/ Chega dar preguiça de escutar, tive que trocar Kamelot por Rise to Fall e Trivium
Sorry to say this but The Shadow Theory sounds as predictable as I thought it would sound, sans the child choir in Burns to Embrace. The female vocalists that lend their voices for a couple of tracks are weakest to date in Kamelot's history. Luckily, Karevik is as good as ever but even so, he does so much better in his other projects. I like the past two albums with him but the new album leaves me pretty cold. Silverthorn and Haven were no masterpieces either and had that been here-done that vibe, but they offered enough quality material to call them enjoyable discs. I wish they stopped this "Ghost Operaish" symphonic style at some point and returned to their classic era sound (The Fourth Legacy-The Black Halo) OR did something different to them still maintaining their core elements. Maybe too much to ask at this point. :/ Still, Kamelot will always be one my favourite bands.
The new album as awesome as one would expect from Kamelot. The people that can't face that Khan left the band are just sad to me you are not gonna except anyone as frontman for Kamelot whoever it is. Karevik is perfection <3
I'd love it if they'd bring back some "Fourth Legacy" songs, honestly. I think Tommy would pull them off effortlessly (he did a great job with all Khan era songs in their set when I saw them in 2015). Listen to the new Seventh Wonder song "Victorious", his voice is fantastic when used to its fullest potential. I enjoy his singing on the last few Kamelot albums, though his voice is noticeably more subdued than with SW. Kind of like how Floor's voice is noticeably subdued on EFMB...
After hearing the new album for second time, I must say I really appreciate it. I like it more than Haven, definitely. Burns to Embrace is my favorite song, I love Stories Unheard a lot too. Overall, a pleasant experience.
At first listen I didn't quite know about the album, but after a few spins I absolutely love it. It has a few new elements and at times it dossn't even sound like Kamelot, and not in a bad way! "Burns to Embrace" was absolutely magnificent! And "The Proud and the Broken" and "Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)", wow! Easily one of the most ambitious albums after Tommy joined!
Well, I like the new album. No, it's not my favorite. No, nothing will ever beat "The Black Halo" (or the three albums that preceded it). However, "The Shadow Theory" mostly manages to keep me entertained. There are weak points - the two singles are underwhelming, though not bad, and "Static" is pretty middle of the road - but there are some really strong moments that easily outweigh those. It's kind of the Tommy era's equivalent to "Poetry for the Poisoned", they stepped up the heaviness a bit. I really like "Amnesiac", "Burns to Embrace", "Kevlar Skin" and the almost classic-era sounding "Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)".
I loved Haven but I'm not sure about the new album, sometimes it feels amazing, sometimes bland and flat. I'm going to wait until I have the physical copy to make a better review. However, Burns to Embrace and Vespertine are really awesome songs!
That Ravenlight end was really surprising, but the song as whole didn't get me. I guess I have to give it more attention. I didn't like Poetry For the Poisoned at first, and now it's one of my favs, so maybe this album can grow on me.
In case anyone cares to read a critical opinion on the new album - https://metalpower.blog/2018/04/04/review-kamelot-the-shadow-theory/ Please refrain from flaming, it is my honest opinion, laid down in way too many words.