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“Ghost Opera: The Second Coming” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “Ghost Opera: The Second Coming”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 4/8/2008
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 5/5

Melodic Power Metal fans worldwide rejoiced like never before when Kamelot released “Ghost Opera”, a stunning follow up to their juggernaut of an album “The Black Halo”. “Ghost Opera” was not a concept piece but instead a number of different tales that worked together quite well and the response it received found it becoming nothing short of a masterpiece in the bands catalog. In celebration of the albums success they have chosen to re-issue it with a number of bonus tracks that fans might have only heard in concert and also offer up a healthy number of live tracks. There would be more graphics in the expanded booklet but first let’s revisit our original comments on the album when it was initially released.

“When Kamelot released “The Black Halo” in 2005 they became the new favorite band to many fans of the Melodic Power Metal genre. Even though they had existed for several years previous and had six other albums under their belt they were treated as if they were overnight superstars by some and based on the quality of the album this was all justifiable and well-deserved. They made a smart move by recording this tour and presenting it on the CD and DVD performance release “One Cold Winter’s Night” and once this had been delivered it would be back to the studio to create their next masterpiece. If you are wondering whether lightning could strike twice for the band then let me inform you that it is quite the possibility in my opinion but I will let you determine this for yourself as you enjoy their latest epic “Ghost Opera”. The journey begins anew with a melancholy violin piece called “Solitaire” which leads into the tune “Rule The World” and as soon as the crunching groove on this track begins you are reminded of one of Kamelot’s key appeals as a Metal band – that is in their ability to bring incredible amounts of drama and feel to the music. Yes other bands do this as well, but Kamelot for some reason just seems to have a natural quality to their style when it comes to this being brought forward. I’m confident that the level of drama presented is mainly based on the way that lead singer Khan does his thing for the moment I first heard him perform I was reminded of the way that Geoff Tate affected me as a vocalist on the older Queensryche material. He is as much an actor during the music as he is the bands singer and together with the guitar talents of Thomas Youngblood they work magic for the sake of Metal. The guitarist shines on the release and is destined to continue his own climb as one of the better axe slingers in the genre so pay attention people. The adventure continues onto the thunderous “Ghost Opera” title track with the fast paced drumming of Casey Grillo and steady groove of bassist Glen Barry.
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