Kamelot
Eternity


2.5
average

Review

by Trajan Paul Murphy USER (18 Reviews)
November 10th, 2013 | 12 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An otherwise decent debut album is dragged down by sub-par vocals.

Power metal is a very love it or hate it genre. To its fans, power metal is full of epic songs with top-notch musicianship. To its detractors, power metal is cheesy and overdone, with overly fast guitar, and generic fantasy lyrics. However, Kamelot has largely escaped the typical criticism that most power metal bands get, largely due to their successful albums Karma, Epica, and The Black Halo. Kamelot are even sometimes cited as one of the best bands in their genre. However, if someone were to listen to their debut album Eternity, they would fail to understand why.

Eternity is not a poor album. On the contrary, in most respects it is a decent album. Thomas Youngblood, while not being the guitarist he would one day become, still provides solid riffs throughout most of the songs, and has several entertaining solos, such as on "Red Sands" and "One of the Hunted." Richard Warner is a solid drummer that, while never really standing out, does a good job of keeping the band together and keeping the beat. His best work is showcased on "Warbird," where he plays some quite entertaining patterns in the beginning and end. Bassist Glenn Barry and keyboardist David Pavlicko mostly blend into the background, but still have their brief moments. All this would normally be acceptable, especially considering that this is that band's debut, and thus minor flaws and uneven points can be forgiven. However, one thing that cannot be forgiven is the vocals.

Vocalist Mark Vanderbilt is primarily responsible for the weakness of Eternity. He sounds like a complete Geoff Tate wannabe, while being not even close to Tate's quality. That wouldn't be so bad, but Vanderbilt is simply not a very good vocalist. He frequently sounds shaky, and when he attempts to pull off high notes, it sounds absolutely awful. The worst part of this is that he drags the whole band down with him. There are several moments on this album where is sounds as if the band will begin to rise above "decent", and then he comes back in with his awful high notes, such as in "Warbird" and "Fire Within". His sole passable vocal performance is on the ballad "What About Me", which is easily the best track on the album.

The other aspects of the album vary in their quality. Another weak aspect of the album is that most songs have some noticeable tempo change take place. While sometimes that changes are executed well, other times, most notably on "The Gleeman", the change is very sudden, and it can be rather jarring to hear it. The lyrics range from good to passable, never managing to stand out in either a good or bad way. Occasionally, the album suffers from lack of variety, mainly from the lyrical topics, and occasionally some guitar riffs.

Ultimately, Eternity shows how one member can seriously weaken the entire band. However, if the listener is willing to forgive Vanderbilt for his worst moments, Eternity is a solid debut record that features decent performances and songwriting, while leaving plenty of room for improvement.



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TPM731
November 9th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I figured that this album could use a good review. Comments and feedback would be much appreciated.

emprorzurg
November 9th 2013


525 Comments


Good review, pos

I've never really got into these guys, I think I own all of their albums, but the only one I put very occasionally is Ghost Opera for it's title track.
I should check out Black Halo, I've heard that's good

NapalmCrusader
November 9th 2013


1737 Comments


The first three records of kamelot are average and forgettable, since their 4th LP they became sick as fuck

TPM731
November 10th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Napalm, how is Siege as weak as Eternity? The main weakness of this is Vanderbilt's vocals, and Siege is the first to feature Roy Khan.

EvoHavok
November 10th 2013


1517 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Siege is better than this, but definitely under the other Roy albums.

Digging: DIR EN GREY - Arche

Toondude10
November 10th 2013


4456 Comments


About time someone reviewed this. Now someone need to do Dominion

Good review, pos'd

Digging: Thrice - The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II

NapalmCrusader
November 10th 2013


1737 Comments


TPM siege has some good things but as a whole is the least interesting album fo kamelot with roy, better than this but that's not enough

Nagrarok
November 10th 2013


8323 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This gets a little too much hate because of their first vocalist, who is by no means great but not
horrible either. Obviously Vanderbilt is no Khan and the Geoff Tate comparison is easily made (I'd
throw a little of Crimson Glory's Midnight in there as well), but he gets the job done.

Overall this and Dominion actually did slightly more for me than SiƩge, which has its moments but
grows boring too quickly; The Fourth Legacy is where they actually started to get it together with
Khan. But while I may disagree on some points, good review. The clear highlight for me here is Call of
the Sea, surprised you didn't mention it.

Toondude10
November 10th 2013


4456 Comments


Yeah he isn't the worst vocalist but he isn't that good either.

TPM731
November 10th 2013


239 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Toondude: I'll be reviewing Dominion soon.

Toondude10
November 10th 2013


4456 Comments


Alright then

CaptainDooRight
November 10th 2013


30366 Comments


Nag makes some good points.

Pos'd

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