Kamelot
Silverthorn


3.5
great

Review

by Xenorazr CONTRIBUTOR (120 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2012 | 155 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tommy Karevik helps Kamelot remember their tried-and-true form, but the band forget a bit of spirit along the way.

Being a heavy metal musician probably isn't the easiest job to deal with. While pop drivel dumpsters like Green Day get the psychotic pre-teen girls and bucks blazing everywhere, metalheads get stuck with gothic high school rejects and the occasional fund for a small supply of Jager or Budweiser. Take a few years of that into account and we can begin to see why Roy Khan took it easy and ditched his companions.

But Khanaholics can rest easy, for Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder) is here to provide an imitation which goes beyond a merely earnest effort. To the less discerning Kamelot fan--which is probably none of you--his performance on the new album, Silverthorn, could almost be called indistinguishable. Take "Sacrimony," a prim and proper opener which builds to a combination of vocals with Elize Ryd and Alissa White-Gluz. As you can imagine, this does more than simply leave your ears hungry for more.

If sweat hasn't begun building around your palms yet, then the news that Silverthorn is a bit of a return to form should do the trick. While no one was about to walk the plank after the transition from The Black Halo to Ghost Opera, the reassurance we finally have another fun Kamelot album should help quell your apprehensions. In fact, those are the exact two Kamelot albums to stick this one in-between to get a gist of its sound. "Torn" is an ideal case-in-point, featuring a catchy chorus that will have your whistling and humming tendencies on repeat in no time.

Wholesome and pleasing to the senses, Silverthorn certainly seems like the perfect alternative to one's drug of choice. Alas, much like Jada Pinkett Smith's career, not everything is up to par here. Stretches of the album (see "Ashes to Ashes") encompass a few filler tendencies and prove to be less memorable than Gingerbread Oreos. Meanwhile, the beginning of "My Confession" sounds creepily akin to one of those terrible techno songs you download after trying ecstasy. At least the song is easier to pass up on than some foreign substance. It's also odd to hear the otherwise great "Veritas" end in such a way that you might as well transition from Kamelot to Alestorm. Just think about that for one moment.

What's more is we don't get any true classics here. Unfortunately, this has to be tossed in the group recently headlined by Time I; it's comprised of enjoyable material that just can't quite hit that "oh, hell yeah" vibe, even with a great epic track. Underwhelming reality aside, the key word to remember here is "enjoyable." This is hardly a remarkable record, aside from Tommy's eargasm performance. But it'd be cruel to put this in the "bad" category since the album does a lot of things right, most of which are even more essential for a Kamelot release.

Silverthorn might not get your gears going at first, but it's one you can return to again and again while nodding and smiling most of the time. The ultimate highs of its greater predecessors aren't matched, but it at least mimics the returnable, feel-good effect you're looking to experience. You know, just like that certain friend who didn't quite make the magazine call but still puts the moves on you in bed.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


1437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Went back and forth between 3 and 3.5 for a while, but it keeps growing on me, so I bumped it up.

KjSwantko
November 1st 2012


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Enjoyable album but Kamelot is definitely not the same without Roy. The music is still in high quality but it has far less character; they lost an intangible when they lost him.

Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


1437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I do agree. I have an odd, lingering feeling that Roy might return after another album, since there seems to be a trend of original singers returning after 2 or so albums with the replacement (Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Iced Earth).

KjSwantko
November 1st 2012


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"It's comprised of enjoyable material that just can't quite hit that "oh, hell yeah" vibe"....this basically sums the album up in a nutshell.



I must disagree and say that I really like "Ashes to Ashes" though. Nice review though, Pos.





Xenorazr
Contributing Reviewer
November 1st 2012


1437 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

That's probably one of the few songs I find myself skipping, it just sounds forced. Kind of reminds me of "The Dark Eternal Night" by Dream Theater, which was probably my least favorite song off that album. But to each their own.

GiaNXGX
November 1st 2012


4865 Comments


This band used to be badass back in my power metal days. Not so sure about checking this out.

KingHarkinian
November 1st 2012


436 Comments


This album is what all true warriors strive for. Good job on the review.

Friday13th
November 2nd 2012


6670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Disappointing. I'm a fan of both Kamelot and Seventh Wonder. This album should have blown minds.

Digging: Darkwater - Human

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
November 2nd 2012


9384 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Was hoping i'd be the first to get to review this, probs tho, good job have a pos. I was prolly leaning towards a semi-biased 4 anyways : ]

Keyblade
November 2nd 2012


26857 Comments


Elize Ryd and Alyssa White-Gluz? They should make a video for that song.

Digging: Quantec - Unusual Signals

Keyblade
November 2nd 2012


26857 Comments


wait there IS a video O.O. brb.

Keyblade
November 2nd 2012


26857 Comments


wow, that was actually pretty good. but damn lol, dude is really trying to sound like Roy

TheNotrap
November 2nd 2012


9867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Album's interesting.



Good work, have a pos.

Digging: Venom Prison - Samsara

Tyrael
November 2nd 2012


21113 Comments


yea this is good

KjSwantko
November 2nd 2012


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I just listened to this album again, and it clicked way more for me than it did the day it dropped. Bumped to 4.

KjSwantko
November 2nd 2012


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The chorus of Falling like the Fahrenfeit rules ym dick.

Dreamflight
November 2nd 2012


1761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Enjoyable album but Kamelot is definitely not the same without Roy."



Wait a minute....Kahn is not on the album???? You sure about that? :D



But seriously, spot on review, it summarize all my feelings about this. Great record, worse than Ghost Opera, better than that shit they have done 3 years ago.

NoMeansYes
November 2nd 2012


1012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice work, pos'd and I agree with the review. My expectations/hopes were perhaps too high for this but it's a vast improvement over the last and Tommy nails the vocals

KjSwantko
November 2nd 2012


10786 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah the more I listen to this I'm relaly liking Tommy with Kamelot actually. Still no Roy, but he's the best replacement they could've found.

NoMeansYes
November 2nd 2012


1012 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No one compares to Roy though, so pissed he quit the biz completely



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