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PiercingMetal Spotlights: Kamelot

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I admit that I didn’t know too much about Kamelot when I first walked into a gig at B.B. King Blues Club to see them back in 2005 but since that night I have made up for lost time as best as possible and the band became one of my very favorite providers of Melodic Power Metal. I found them musically wonderful and felt that there was a sincerity about the way they did their thing that spoke to their fans again and again. I was still relatively new to the music scribe game back then but I have covered the live adventures of Kamelot whenever they returned to NYC, reviewed a number of their releases and even spoken at length to some of their members on the site and you can find it all by clicking the link below. It will launch a search query of the band on the site which we hope you will enjoy. You’ll also find articles where the band contributed thoughts. If you are not all that familiar with them then I will repeat what I told a friend of mine who eventually joined me for a gig as I looked him in the eye and said “trust me on this one”. He did and has been a fan ever since.
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“One Cold Winter’s Night” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “One Cold Winter’s Night”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

The tour for “The Black Halo” broke a lot of positive ground for the band Kamelot and as a result, we fans get the double live CD/DVD set to enjoy. This CD “One Cold Winter’s Night” is the audio only companion to the DVD release bearing the same name and similar to the film features the full concert with no songs edited out for time saving space. It was recorded on a brutally cold night in Oslo, Norway and as an album focuses on “The Black Halo” in its content as well as presenting you with some additional staples from the Kamelot back catalog. As both a music journalist and a fan of the band, I can say that there is only one reason to buy the CD only version and that would be because you absolutely hate live performance videos. If this is even remotely the case then I implore you to allow “One Cold Winter’s Night” to change your stand on this. The video itself is quite enjoyable and worthy of purchase. Of course, the Kamelot completist will want this for their collection as perhaps they have a separate place where they kick back and listen to Metal while another area is devoted to video enjoyment in some kind of surround sound. Hey, the DVD is done in 5.1 so crank it up if you have the means to do so. Personally, I admit that I like having the live CD album as well as the video for sometimes you don’t feel like having to pop in a DVD simply to hear the music. It also works out better for someone who wants to listen in the car or the office.
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“One Cold Winter’s Night” (DVD) by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “One Cold Winter’s Night”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Melodic Metal
Rating: 5/5

I hate to admit it, but I was really one of the latecomers to the music of Kamelot and I only got a good listen when I picked up a copy of “The Black Halo”. From there I am happy to report that I was an instant fan of this Florida meets Norway based Melodic Power Metal band. For those that are guilty of being among the unaware as well, you should be advised that this is a band that does it right. There is a strong sense of song writing and the music and vibe generated on every track they perform is done with intelligence and power. The release of “The Black Halo” opened a number of doors for the band and became a veritable blockbuster release, surpassing many people’s expectations. The subsequent tour for the album also proved to be of significant impact as no matter where the band chose to appear they were met with packed venues and appreciative fans of their work. This DVD captures the group during their performance at the Rockefeller Musichall in Oslo, Norway back in February 2006 in front of a sold out crowd. The stage setting was dramatic and they used 18 cameras to capture as much of the mood and feel of this show as possible. As you watch, you cannot help but feel you are part of the show. As far as performance DVD’s go this is one of the better ones for it cuts no corners in visual presentation or sonic delivery and this is perhaps based on the fact that acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus was in charge of the filming. His great imagination and creative vision led to the success that Kamelot found in their promotional videos for the studio album, so it only made sense to have him be one of the masterminds behind this DVD. He did a great job and based on needless to say this film gets your attention quickly and keeps it throughout the bands performance.
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“The Black Halo” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “The Black Halo”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 3/15/2005
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 8/10

As I listened to “The Black Halo” I felt a bit behind the times when I realized that this would be my first time hearing the music of Kamelot in a full sitting. Before this I had only heard samples of their last effort “Epica” which is not to be confused with the Dutch band of the same name. It was pretty quick into this listen that I also realized that this was the type of band that I had been looking for when it came to intelligent Melodic Power Metal. The genre has a powerful ally as Kamelot most certainly deliver in an amazing fashion by using killer musical hooks that are all led by an incredible vocal range. On this release vocalist Roy Khan and the guys continue along with their running theme of using the literary classic “Faust” for the albums storyline. When the CD begins with the “March Of Mephisto” you are treated to one of the first guest vocalists on the album as Khan shares the duties with Shagrath, from the Norwegian Black Metal band Dimmu Borgir. It is the perfect role for Shagrath as he brings darkness to the tune. The second vocalist joining Kamelot on the album is the beautiful Simone Simons from Operatic Power Metal sensations Epica. She and Khan share the words on “The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)” and this is a stellar number. Light and Dark prominently featured on the same record a mere song apart from each other. If you are among those that enjoy slower tracks there is “Abandoned” and “Moonlight” with Khan handling them with a fine tuned degree of passion. There is nothing like a power ballad when it is done correctly. Should you be looking for lightning quick tracks then the band also provides a number of these for you to enjoy. The standouts in this area are “Soul Society”, “When The Lights Are Down” and “Nothing Ever Dies”. There is enough double bass patterns and intricate guitar work in these to satisfy the most discerning of Metal fans.
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