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Kamelot
The Black Halo


4.5
superb

Review

by Iluvatar EMERITUS
June 5th, 2006 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Kamelot is what got me into power metal, plain and simple. A year ago I'd now presume, I was recommended Epica by a friend of mine as a "kick ass metal band." I had figured with the name Kamelot, they were going to be a really corny thrash band, and boy did I ever hate thrash. So, when I first heard Epica, I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that I really, really liked what I was hearing. After listening to the album ten times straight, I decided to buy The Black Halo. While I had absolutely loved Epica, it hadn't prepared me for how amazing this album was going to be.

Easily the most impressive thing about this album is Roy Kahn's vocals; while they have always been extremely impressive, he outdid himself on this album. Being trained to be an opera vocalist helped Kahn to gain a certain tone in his voice that gives the already epic-music a new layer, and with performances such as that on When the Lights Are Down, it's difficult to deny him his due.

However, doesn't power metal depend on the musicianship? Of course it does, and this album is no exception. The guitars weave perfectly, creating some spectacular riffs that while not on the level of some of their cheesier contemporaries (I'm looking at you, Dragonforce) are still excellent. The drumming is solid throughout, and the bass is actually fantastic for the genre.

This album is a triumph all around, holding back no punches. Whether it's the epic storyline, outstanding musicianship, Kahn's operatic and occasionally beautiful vocals, The Black Halo is an excellent album, and easily one of the best of 2005.



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Shattered_Future
June 5th 2006


1588 Comments


See, NOW it's better. :P

Love Love LOVE this album. One of the best things an American metal band has ever put out before. They take a sound pioneered by tons of great bands, and completely redo it in every way while still keeping elements of the style, creating their own, completely unique style. Excellent piano compositions and vocals add even more.

Cravinov13
June 5th 2006


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Epica pwns this. But it's a great album.

Rocksta71
July 20th 2006


1023 Comments


I dont fancy this one, but good review.

rasputin
March 19th 2008


14967 Comments


This is probably the shortest review I have ever seen.

Poet
March 19th 2008


6098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kamelot rulz

BallsToTheWall
March 20th 2008


50654 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I listened to Ghost Opera first and thought Kahn was splendid but this album is beyond great. The Haunting is phenominal.

Puckingham
December 10th 2008


84 Comments


When the lights are down is the only song I've heard off this record... with that said its an absolute BOMB of a track and i just may have to pick this up if that's the level of quality on this CD.

BludgeonySteve
December 10th 2008


558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yay black haaallooooo

ninjuice
December 10th 2008


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i just may have to pick this up if that's the level of quality on this CD.


It pretty much is, and that's (at best) the 3nd greatest song here.



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