KAMELOT — The Black Halo

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4.03 | 53 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2005

Filed under Power Metal


1. March of Mephisto (5:28)
2. When the Lights Are Down (3:41)
3. The Haunting (Somewhere in Time) (5:40)
4. Soul Society (4:17)
5. Interlude I: Dei Gratia (0:57)
6. Abandoned (4:07)
7. This Pain (3:59)
8. Moonlight (5:10)
9. Interlude II: Un assassinio molto silenzioso (0:40)
10. The Black Halo (3:43)
11. Nothing Ever Dies (4:45)
12. Memento Mori (8:54)
13. Interlude III: Midnight / Twelve Tolls for a New Day (1:21)
14. Serenade (4:33)

Total Time: 57:21


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

Guest musicians

- Shagrath / vocals of Mephisto (on #1 & #12)
- Simone Simons / vocals of Marguerite (on #3)
- Cinzia Rizzo / vocals of Cabaret singer (on #9)
- Geoff Rudd / vocals of Usher at the Theater and Mayor of Gatesville
- Mari / vocals of Helana (on #6 & #12)
- Annelise Youngblood / vocals of Baby Alena (on #4)
- Jens Johansson / keyboard solos (on #1 & #2)
- Miro / keyboards and orchestral arrangements
- Sascha Paeth / additional guitars
- Andre Neygenfind / double-bass (on #6)
- Herbie Langhans / choir vocals
- Amanda Somerville / choir vocals
- Gerit Göbel / choir vocals
- Thomas Rettke / choir vocals
- Michael Rodenberg / choir vocals
- Elisabeth Kjaernes / choir vocals

Also featuring Rodenberg Symphony Orchestra.

About this release

Release date: March 15th, 2005
Label: Steamhammer

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Kamelot play a style of symphonically-inclined power metal that in principle hits all the right notes but in practice leaves me cold. I think the problem for me is that tonally speaking it falls between two stools; it's a little too cheesy to be taken as a more sober artistic statement, but not quite cheesy enough to be taken as goofy, gonzo fun. It's modern Hollywood blockbuster power metal, where it's hardly worth paying attention to what movie you're walking into because it'll be the same general characters shot with the same general CGI aesthetic and offering the same general Joss Whedony/JJ Abramsy quips whichever you go to see. The Black Halo is as palatable as it gets for me but that is literally all it is: palatable.
Kamelot play competent power metal, a kind of music that is usually not my cup of tea due to being too formulaic, commercial and slightly cheesy. But this band’s competence at composition and execution and especially Khan’s exceptional vocals lift this to a higher level. In a field of music usually occupied by vocalists that confuse high pitch with emotion, his warm intensity and versatility is a real relief.

The opener March of Mephisto is a delightful stomp of power metal, melodic, dramatic powerful and anthemic. This sits right next to Rainbow’s best moments. Other tracks like When The Lights are Down are skilled but way too predictable and overtly commercial. The Haunting is better again and manages to suppress the AOR tendencies that plagued the previous tracks. The quality keeps going up and down between disturbing syrupy bits in songs like Abandoned, Black Halo, Nothing Ever Dies and Serenade and the more tasteful melodic metal of This Pain, Moonlight and Memento Mori.

With 30 minutes of proficient material, the album easily deserves 3.5 stars. For fans of the style this will probably rate higher.

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