KAMELOT — Siége Perilous

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3.30 | 21 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1998

Filed under Power Metal


1. Providence (5:36)
2. Millennium (5:14)
3. King's Eyes (6:14)
4. Expedition (5:41)
5. Where I Reign (5:58)
6. Rhydin (5:03)
7. Parting Visions (3:33)
8. Once a Dream (4:24)
9. Irea (4:32)
10. Siége (4:20)
11. One Day (4:06)*

Total Time: 54:46


- Roy S. Khan / vocals
- Thomas Youngblood / guitar
- Glenn Barry / bass guitar
- David Pavlicko / keyboards
- Casey Grillo / drums

Guest musicain

- Tore Østby / acoustic guitar solo on #10

About this release

Release date: July 28th, 1998
Label: Noise Records

Japanese version contains a bonus track represented with * in track listing.

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With Kamelot's third studio album comes a major turning point in the bands history for two reasons. Number one being that with 'Siege Perilous', keyboards started to play a more pivotal role in the music, as opposed to previous releases where it was used sparingly in the background. And number two, of course, is the addition of former Conception frontman Roy Khan, a man who's distinct voice would go on to give Kamelot the identity they needed in order to stand out from the other power metal bands.

Unfortunately, these changes didn't instantly bring huge success upon the band, and while this is a good effort, it tends to feel more like a transitional period for the band as they begin to truly develop their own style.

Of course, that doesn't make this a bad album. Although there are a few rather forgettable tracks here, there are others that ooze of Kamelot's medieval-inspired charm. Songs like 'Providence', 'Parting Visions' and 'Irea' are all up there as some of the bands most memorable moments.

The addition of Khan and more prominent keyboards have laid down a path for where the band are headed in the future, but this still remains as nothing more than a good album. The symphonic elements are starting to materialize, though they're simplistic compared to future releases. Still, 'Siege Perilous' is a step in the right direction for Kamelot.

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Strange Power Metal this. But if you search one great band with a great album Kamelot is this band and "Siége Perilous" is your album.

The style is a sort of AOR/ Neo Prog with Hard Rock treatment, mixing in Traditional Heavy Metal arrangements, some sprayed of Thrash (not true Thrash, in truth...) with bluesy treatment and all of this with a superior sonwriting. Not aggressive is the voice of Khan and the tons of keyboards dampen the aggression due to the use of double bass drums and very complex arrangements of drums. Also "Millennium" that is a pure Speed Power Metal is too melodic because the aggression isn't in first plan. In this song the chorus are extremely close to Prog Metal but this song isn't Prog Metal.

Interesting, in this album, is the sound production, that transform this sort of too melodic Power Metal in a good aggressive Power Metal. This is also helped from a solid writing, so that the guitars aren't fundamental that are in first plan.

If you think that Kamelot is a pure modern band you are off road. In fact the combination of the various elements that form Kamelot musical style finish their mix in a pure 80's style, not easy to describe as 80's for sound but clearly 80's for mentality. Certainly Prog Metal is present here and there in the songs but this isn't a cause because the 80's aren't a real characterization in Kamelot music.

If for you bands as Royal Hunt are too AOR I think that Kamelot is your band. And this "Siége Perilous" a good album.

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