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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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Michael Schenker Group @ The Wreck Room (9/16/2004)

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Artist: Michael Schenker Group
Venue: The Wreck Room (Wallington, NJ)
Opener: Uli Jon Roth
Label: Massacre Records
Date: 09-16-2004

Michael Schenker Group has returned to the NY Area once again, and this time the appearance is all the more special. Seeing MSG is always a guaranteed good time for fans of the Guitar God for he is a leader in the field of hard rock guitar. However, this time he would be supported by the one and only Uli Jon Roth who many will remember as the guitarist in Scorpions many years ago. While Uli has been a solo performer for a long time it was not until discussing this appearance with fellow fans that we realized that while Michael does not tour here often, Uli had not been to the United States in almost 20 years.

Tonight Uli Jon Roth would perform his set with a rhythm player and a keyboardist. Many of the drums and lush orchestrations that are on his albums needed to be programmed and performed via computer for these particular live shows. One cannot travel a small club tour overseas with a full company of string instruments. His backdrop was a unique sight as behind Uli was a projected movie screen that showed wild psychedelic images or the orchestra accompaniment. Uli dresses very Rennaissance styled with a large feathered hat, and a shirt that matches this era, it actually went along well with his orchestra compositions. It’s a very Hendrix manner of dress.
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