Ghost Opera



by Shattered_Future USER (51 Reviews)
June 10th, 2007 | 64 replies

Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another attempt at a darker atmosphere by a band this year results in another lackluster album. There is good, but not as much as there should be.

*insert rant about the state of American metal today*

Yeah. You’ve heard it before, there’s no point to post it again. You’ve also heard that there’s bands that aren’t part of the American metal mainstream that are actually doing interesting stuff (figures, doesn’t it...). Kamelot is one of them.

Kamelot isn’t a complete American metal band though. Singer Khan and keyboardist Oliver hail from Norway and Germany, respectively. That’s not important though. What is important is that Kamelot have quietly been producing absolutely brilliant power metal music for over 10 years now and have yet to slow down.

Ghost Opera brings a darker vibe to the music that we know and love. Blistering solos, powerful riffing, terrific vocals and great orchestral work all come together with an underlying feeling of malice that has only really been seen in a few of their songs before, such as March Of Mephisto or the Elizabeth trilogy.

The darker atmosphere works at first too. After the minute intro we are treated to Rule The World, a deliciously evil song that ranks up there with one of Kamelot’s best. It’s heavy, with trademark Kamelot riffing and what may be Khan’s best vocal performance on the album. In fact, the first three songs are some of the best on the album. The title track, and the first single off of the album, mixes the faster paced music found on Karma with the orchestral capabilities of The Black Halo to create a trademark Kamelot song. It doesn’t stand out from anything you might find on The Black Halo, but it’s a solid song.

On The Human Stain, we really see where Kamelot is taking their new sound. Possessing what may be the most evil vibe on the album, we are treated to chunky 7 string riffing and creepy piano parts that sound like a musicbox in that dark room where the killer awaits. The guitar and bass parts are very simple, in fact, but they work well with the vibe of the music. The chorus of the song is the most suprisingly part, though. The chorus sounds like something you might hear on everyday radio, yet it’s done better than any other band. I think if the band didn’t have Khan fronting them, this song would have crashed and burned and got the offhand compliment of being “high concept”. However, Khan’s vocals make this one special.

It’s around the time where we hit the 5th track that the album starts to lose its polish. Blucher starts off alright, but it’s hopelessly ruined by robotic voiceover parts scattered throughout the song. Seriously, there hasn’t been as big a trainwreck as this since Collision Course (you know, the Jay-Z/Linkin Park mashup). Love You To Death is actually a pretty decent song, barring the stupid title and lyrics. There’s some pretty cool Eastern styled instrument parts, and the chorus is big. Gene Hoglan big. Khan’s genuine emotion turns this one into an epitaph for a loved one instead of a failed love letter. Thomas Youngblood gets a cool solo in this one too. Instead of shredding up the neck like he usually does, he tones it down a bit and lets the feeling of the song shine through.

Actually, the problem with this album is not that any of the songs are BAD (besides Blücher), its just that they aren’t GOOD. Not one of them besides the 3 at the beginning stick out at all. They’re just decent tracks. For an American metal band, they’re very good. For Kamelot, they’re hopelessly under par. Even with the expanded orchestral capabilities, the riffing is much more uninspired than on previous albums, and that kinda kills the whole deal.

One other thing is Khan’s insistence on using vocal effects. Songs start off fine with him singing normally, and then he goes and puts on some distortion or what have you and kills the mood. Khan can SING. In fact, he’s probably one of the best power metal singers around today. He doesn’t need vocal effects to show that he can sing. I just wish he would let it shine through.

The last two tracks provide some saving grace to the album. Not enough to elevate it, but enough to keep it from crashing and burning. Anthem is the album’s ballad track, and Thomas and Co. did a great job composing here. Strings and piano interplay and weave in and out with other orchestra instruments and create a very pretty piece of music. And yes, Khan uses some vocal effects on here, but thankfully they aren’t terribly noticeable.

Edenecho sends the album off in grand fashion with another traditional Kamelot song. Chugging riffs and orchestra work give the song a Karma styled vibe while still keeping the dark atmosphere that this album produced. Good choir work as well. Again, this one doesn’t really stick out among tracks on Kamelot’s earlier albums, but given the nature of this album, this track is quite good.

Kamelot’s latest album does have some good tracks on it. You just have to sort through the bad to get to them. As was said before, for an American metal band, this is a very good album. As a Kamelot album, it’s merely passable.

Recommended Tracks:
Rule The World
Ghost Opera
The Human Stain

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June 10th 2007


Good review. I've never been a fan of this band.

June 10th 2007


The Black Halo is one of my all time favorite metal albums, and to hear that this is so disappointing in comparison is really hard to stomach.

Good review though.

June 10th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I disagree. I think this is a great addition to the Kamelot legacy

June 10th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

i agree mostly with this review. this album is good but its not as good as epica or black halo. Rule the World has become one of my fav songs, maybe the best by kamelot, but the title track imo is terrible

June 10th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

This album put me to sleep. Tries way too hard to be all epic and powerful.

June 10th 2007


This was basically a shitty version of The Black Halo.

June 11th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Has some great guitar riffs. It's deffinitly not as good as the last three albums (TFL, Epica, and TBH)

June 11th 2007


I don't like this band at all, so I doubt I'll check this out.

June 11th 2007


I'm probably not going to be getting this. I enjoyed The Black Halo, but I didn't find it to be all the second coming of power metal as everyone seemed to make it out to be.

June 12th 2007


Kamelot is easily one of my top five favorite bands, and I hold Khan to be one of the absolute best metal singers in history. That said, I've decided I neither adore this album entirely nor really dislike it. It's got elements of a 5-star disc and a few songs that cost it momentum and fail to stand out from the crowd in any noticeable way.

It's a front-loaded cd for sure, but the good material it opens with is some of their best, and even the songs towards the end that failed to leave much of an impression upon me weren't bad—they just weren't on par with what I know I can expect from Kamelot.

One point I strongly disagree with in the review is that I feel Love You To Death is by far the best song on the album. While the lyrics are a tad bit tired (how many bands have written a song about dying lovers already?), the verses are heartfelt and beautiful, and the chorus is tremendous.

I still believe Epica is Kamelot's best, but Ghost Opera is certainly a worthy addition to their resume.

June 12th 2007


this is my first famelot album and i enjoy it

June 12th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

Epica owns this.

June 14th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

I never really saw why Epica was so good. Sure, it's good, but there's something about it that just puts me off a little bit, unlike Karma and The Black Halo.

June 14th 2007


Album Rating: 3.5

I feel the same with TBH. I don't think it's a very solid a;bum all the way through liek Epica.

June 15th 2007


Album Rating: 2.5

this album has gotten kinda boring after a while. rule the world still rules but the rest of the album isnt doing much for me anymore. im just going to listen to TBH or EpicaThis Message Edited On 06.15.07

June 15th 2007



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July 4th 2007


Album Rating: 2.0

Dammit, the Fourth Legacy is their best release by far.

July 11th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I can't decide wether I should give it a 3.5 or a 4. Guess it will be a 4 after all, because The Human Stain is one of Kamelot's best songs they've made.

I would say Epica, that's their best.This Message Edited On 07.11.07

July 24th 2007


Album Rating: 3.0

After a highly promising start the album finally reveals its true self. And that is: it's half-baked. The epic feel that they tried to conjure falls flat mainly because of Khan's silly vocal effects, lack of quality solos and some pretty lacklustre music. It's not awful but it's quite disappointing. Love You to Death has a great heartfelt solo, I'll give it that.

July 24th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

I think this album is really great. It's just that kamelot's last couple of albums were so awesome this may seem a little bit weak in comparison.This Message Edited On 07.24.07

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