Epica, Kamelot's latest album, may also arguably be their best one. While it does not outshine the brilliance of The Fourth Legacy nor Karma, it certainly continues the distinct sound forward on to this new album.
The album starts off with a characteristic Kamelot instrumental, although this beginning (Prologue) isn't as musical as those from their last two albums and indeed sets the dark tone that the album is to follow. The next track, however, is undoubtedly the best of the album and leads straight from the prologue. "Center of the Universe" is a melodic metal masterpiece ranking with the likes of Kamelot's "Wings of Despair", "Forever" and "The Fourth Legacy".
The rest of the tracks, however, are a little different, perhaps being a blend of "Nights of Arabia" and "The Spell" style of music, a mystical atmosphere being created by the album, which is a very flowing, very fluid continuing piece of music that leaves you hooked from the offset.
The most exciting part of this album, perhaps, is the fact that it is a concept album telling one whole story through the lyrical genius of Khan/Youngblood partnership. It is based on Goethe's Frost and follows the story of Ariel, someone who is searching for the ultimate answers in life. The songs each tell a part of the story, which turns out to be quite tragic, Ariel being lured by the devil (Mephisto) to sign away his soul, and then prompting his former love, Helena, to commit suicide.
This amazing album tells a story through Kamelot's unique style of music and also grips you in anticipation for their next concept album which will conclude the tale. If anyone is a fan of Kamelot, get this album. If anyone is a fan of Faust, get this album. If anyone is a fan of metal, get this album. If anyone can empathise with a fallen hero who has been betrayed by that which he believes can help him, get this album.