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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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Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (8/19/2007)

Kamelot is the always impressive in the live and recorded sense Melodic Power Metal band that had made me a hard core fan a couple of years ago. Their appearances at B.B. King Blues Club are always memorable and tonight’s appearance brought along Leaves Eyes. To learn our thoughts and see images from the show just scroll past the logo below.

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Artist: Kamelot
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Leaves Eyes
Date: 8/19/2007
Label: SPV Records

I was definitely excited when news that Kamelot would be returning to New York City was announced and it was made even better by the appearance of Leaves’ Eyes as the group’s sole opening act for the area’s show. I admit that there are times when I enjoy the bringing together of several different bands but for this one in particular I was quite cool with only having the two to watch. I felt that this would guarantee a slightly longer set from each band and also allow the audience to remain focused on the night a little easier without too many other things to worry about. I had also been to a number of shows in a row where it was five bands each time so I needed a little bit of a breather, in as much as a Kamelot show allows me to actually rest. In my humble opinion, Kamelot is probably the best at delivering Melodic Power Metal in today’s vastly shifting music scene, and while I have been one of the newer listeners to their stuff they continually manage to impress me time after time. I first caught them during the initial leg of the tour that supported “The Black Halo” and at this time I had only just reviewed the CD but like many who have been before and after me, this is a CD that snares you and keep you as a fan going forward. The guys headed off for Europe after this and ended up recording a live CD and DVD which they called “One Cold Winter’s Night”, a title which is actually a line from “The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)” and the release would find the band returning to the US and NYC especially. The blockbuster show found them with Epica in support, and yes you are correct, they are named after a Kamelot release. The two shows found the band performing in front of capacity crowds at the famous Times Square venue B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, so it made logical sense that for the new album “Ghost Opera” that the guys would once again be sure to hit the Big Apple in proper style. Here is how the night went down in case you missed it.
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“Ghost Opera” by Kamelot

Artist: Kamelot
Title: “Ghost Opera”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 6/5/2007
Genre: Melodic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

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. This track is incredible and one of the best offerings on the release and should you have luckily snared a copy of the limited edition, you would be able to enjoy the video for this song as well since its included on a bonus DVD. The CD also finds the bands newest fulltime member in keyboardist Oliver Palotai who makes sure to bring the majestic symphonic elements to brighter life. Altogether we are left with a very full sounding release and while I don’t want to rate this as better than “The Black Halo” because of it being on equal par as far as appeal and quality, I will admit that this comes forth as the next stage in the Kamelot sound. A nice surprise was finding guest stars on this album as they add to the overall appeal of the tracks. Once again we find Epica’s Simone Simons for the track “Blucher” and Amanda Somerville offers up vocal backing on a “Love You To Death” and “Mourning Star”. I can see these particular tracks becoming fast favorites of the fans of these singers and make Kamelot’s star shine ever brighter. “Up Through The Ashes” is a powerful number that brings us back to the time of Christ’s Crucifixion and is sung from Pilate’s point of view as he stands in judgment over him. This dramatic number is on the slower side which works on the subject matters emphasis but the album overall remains heavy throughout and returns to full Metal gallop during “Silence Of The Darkness”. I have to admit that I found the entire album strong and standing up as a worthy next chapter in the book of Kamelot. It has a lot of killer moments to enjoy and like its predecessor “The Black Halo” is an easy to get into CD which allows you to jump on board with what the band is all about.

Track Listing:
1. Solitaire
2. Rule The World
3. Ghost Opera
4. The Human Stain
5. Blucher
6. Love You To Death
7. Up Through The Ashes
8. Mourning Star
9. Silence Of The Darkness
10. Anthem
11. EdenEcho
12. The Pendulous Fall – bonus

Official Website: www.kamelot.com

Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (9/20/2006)

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Artist: Kamelot
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Epica, Operatika
Date: 9/20/2006
Label: SPV Records

The fans of Melodic Power Metal certainly have a powerful ally in with the band Kamelot. This Florida-based group has been riding high on the success of their latest release “The Black Halo” for some time now and this is an album that deserves every accolade that it gets. Rich in melody and loaded with powerful Metal hooks – this is a band that will quickly make you a fan if you are not one already. In the live sense they make sure to deliver and this appearance at B.B. King Blues Club would mark their second adventure to New York. Kamelot would be joined on this tour by Dutch Metal sensation Epica and local unsigned talent Operatika. Attendees to the venue this evening would most certainly get a Power Metal fix like never before. The night began with Operatika, and it was interesting to see an unsigned group being used for such a show. It’s a trend that could work if the band is worthy and these folks are most certainly talented. The group is Operatic & Symphonic in sound so they worked well with main attractions. The audience would also find the lead singer to be very pregnant and that’s a sight you don’t often see at these shows. Good job Operatika on getting the new arrival prepped for the Metal. I would not catch their set since I was involved in some discussions with Kamelot outside the venue – but I did make sure to check on how they were received. I am happy to report that it was high marks all around, so keep watching for them.
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Kamelot @ B.B. King Blues Club (11/21/2005)

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Artist: Kamelot
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club (New York, NY)
Opener: Seven Witches
Date: 11/21/2005
Label: SPV Records

It was a dark and rainy night when Kamelot made their very first appearance in New York City and despite this weather the overall reception would be a warm one. Inside the venue were hundreds of followers of this excellent provider of Melodic Power Metal and all were at the ready with fists in the air and screams aplenty. It was only recently that I found myself paying attention to this Florida based band and I was amazed at the level of quality that they delivered on their most recent effort “The Black Halo”. The album, released on SPV Records is an immediate follow-up to their last release “Epica” which continues along in its themes found in the book “Faust”. If you don’t own this album already you must make sure to do so as it brings you into an amazing world musically and vocally. Lead singer Roy Khan is probably one of the best singers in Melodic Metal to come around in some years and he follows well in the footsteps of Geoff Tate (Queensryche) and Joacim Cans (Hammerfall).
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