Kamelot
One Cold Winter's Night


5.0
classic

Review

by KjSwantko USER (37 Reviews)
November 22nd, 2017 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A spectacle of class and melody

Melodic power metal goliaths Kamelot peaked in 2005 with their famed release The Black Halo. The band developed a signature sound of often upbeat, energizing melodies coupled with lots of double bass drum and the vocals of a world class singer. By this point, Kamelot had totally separated themselves from the pack with their talent and unmistakable style. The band carried this momentum forward creating one of the most satisfying, well-done live records of all time with One Cold Winter’s Night which takes place in early 2006 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway.

Most impressively, the crystal clear sound quality found on their studio albums is replicated here. No reverb, excessive distortion, or any other studio tricks; just pure musicianship that nears perfection and feels effortless to the viewer. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood in particular is dominant in his fretwork as he cuts through solos with the clarity and level of precision found in the studio versions. Vocalist Roy Khan offers up an equally impressive performance nailing high level falsettos and endless vibratos. The emphasis of the concert is clearly on the music itself, but the vibrant, bright colored lightshow creates a warm atmosphere that greatly adds to the experience.

Kamelot has a slew tricks up their sleeve for this show, including guest musicians like Mari Youngblood (Thomas Youngblood’s wife) and Simone Simons of the band Epica who offer female vocals on tracks such as “The Haunting” and “Center of the Universe.” In terms of song selection, the vast majority come from the more recent Kamelot albums of the time, which are also seen as their most successful era, critically speaking. A choir, a keyboard solo, and plenty of interaction with fans demonstrate the passion of the group as well as how well-thought out the concert was. Further still, while performing all 3 parts of the “Elizabeth” trilogy, Mari Youngblood acts out a theatrical portion complete with a mirror prop on stage. The song is based on prolific murderer, Elizabeth Bathory and also deals with topics like vanity.

One Cold Winter’s Night is a paradoxical title in practice; the concert physically took place in cold, snowy Norway in the dead of winter, but the performance itself actually radiates warm, uplifting vibes. As usually tends to happen with greatness, Kamelot’s peak could not last forever and the magic would slowly begin to fade with their later albums. But in 2006, one thing was for sure: Kamelot had the chops and collective persona to go head to head with probably any other act on the planet. One Cold Winter’s Night proved that this version of Kamelot was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, never to be copied or surpassed.



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KjSwantko
November 22nd 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This absolutely needed a short write-up. Amazing live DVD.

mifzal
November 22nd 2017


3006 Comments


mememto mori was epic

RikRoach7
November 22nd 2017


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Awesome. Very well written too, have a pos!

bloc
November 22nd 2017


50477 Comments


I peep the footage from this on Youtube quite often. Sick performances.

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KjSwantko
November 22nd 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed and thanks to all 3 of those comments. Rules so hard. Top like 2-3 DVD performance for me.

CaptainDooRight
November 22nd 2017


2417 Comments


sup dude

just jammed some roy khan ballads last nite

I sure miss his style

KjSwantko
November 22nd 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Sup man, longtime no see. Agreed so hard too. Still hoping he comes out with some new music at some point.

CalculatingInfinity
November 22nd 2017


8354 Comments


Well this didn't take long after the discussion today haha nice stuff.

KjSwantko
November 22nd 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah dude lol- I'm at the office today and bored so said fuck it, I'll kill an hour and write something up. It very much deserves it.

CalculatingInfinity
November 22nd 2017


8354 Comments


Can't deny that, may have to watch it one day. Seen plenty of clips on Youtube.

Toondude10
November 23rd 2017


12770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is all the more reason why I need to see them live

TheNotrap
November 23rd 2017


8930 Comments


Looks like I need to check this out.
Have a pos KJ.


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LaughingSkull
November 24th 2017


599 Comments


2 Kamelot reviews in one day from 2 different users! Coincidence?

RikRoach7
November 24th 2017


3367 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A bunch of people have been going crazy about Kamelot on their threads lately and both reviews seem to be results of that :D

Toondude10
November 24th 2017


12770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

maybe the hype from the new album is setting in

Crawl
November 24th 2017


2507 Comments


I gotta check this, though I'm afraid that the live performance is gonna increase the cheese factor.

KjSwantko
November 24th 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"maybe the hype from the new album is setting in"



Maybe but not really for me- Tommy is alright now, but I'm all about the old Kamelot with Roy when they were in their prime. Truly were a remarkable band 10-12 years ago.



@Crawl, just check it out and have fun. It's awesome.



@Trap, thanks man, as always.

KjSwantko
November 24th 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Damn, "Forever" on this especially is mint

EvoHavok
November 24th 2017


7561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This finally got a review, sweet. Stellar live disc.

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KjSwantko
November 27th 2017


10774 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah Evo, rules so hard. Top 3 live disc for me prob.



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