KAMELOT The Black Halo SPV (2005)
Since forming in 1994 Kamelot have released eight albums and to my shame
this is the first one I’ve heard by them. Musically they are one of the
growing number of European power meets progressive metal bands.
It apparently follows on from 2003’s ‘Epica’ in dealing with the battle between
good and evil. Things certainly get of to a flying start with the rousing
‘March Of Mephisto’ which sees guest appearances from Jens Johansson
(Stratovarius) on keys and Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagarth. ‘When The Lights
Are Down’ will have Helloween fans in delight - strangely vocalist Khan
reminds me of Midge Ure in the quieter passages! This would be a real crowd
pleaser in the live setting.
‘Momento Mori’ is a stand out track mixing a gentle vocal introduction before the power chords kick in. The only downside
is that a few tracks do outstay their welcome.
Not in the class of Evergrey or Threshold yet but certainly one of the
better power/prog metal bands out there at the moment.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly