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Kamelot originated in 1991, and signed their first record deal in 1994. Since then they have toured the world and released 8 studio albums, including most recently The Black Halo and Ghost Opera. Ready to continue their rise to the pinnacle of Metal royalty with their 9th studio album, “Poetry for the Poisoned”, founding guitarist Thomas Youngblood and vocalist Roy Khan are joined ... Read more in Amazon's Kamelot Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0013FSVTS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Listen  8. Memento Mori (live)Kamelot 9:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. March of Mephisto (live)Kamelot 4:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Seasons end (Bonustrack)Kamelot 3:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Pendulous fall (Bonustrack)Kamelot 3:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Epilogue (Bonustrack)Kamelot 2:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Rule the world (Remix) (Bonustrack)Kamelot 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 

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By Sarah on 14 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This reissue of one of Kamelot's defining albums. This re-issue comes with a 2nd CD of live tracks from the tour; which is solid and (unsurprisingly) features many of Ghost Opera's songs. The production on this main disk is a little weak, and the live atmosphere gets lost a little, but its solid if underwhelming as far as live CD's go.

Onto the main album itself, and it opens with an Orchestral piece, which is quite well constructed, before launching into Rule the World which is standard Kamelot fair.

And this this my main issue with this album. After the double-whammy of Epica and The Black Halo, prehaps Kamelot tried too hard to be different. The more ferocious aspects of both those albums are missing, and bar the excellent title track and Love You to Death, most of the songs are unmemorable and plodding.

It's not a bad album; its well produced (as all Kamelot albums are) and carefully constructed. But it lacks character and depth that some of the other albums have. I still recommend this extended edition if you are a fan; the live CD is worth having. If your new, try Epica and The Black Halo first
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Ghost Opera: Second Coming Is Incredible 9 April 2008
By Eric D. Sweetwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant is the best word that comes to mind as I listen to the incredible second disc of Kamelot's Ghost Opera: the Second Coming. The mix of new Ghost Opera (what--no Rule the World) with the Black Halo Live CD is incredible. This band deserves much more exposure.

They sound so powerful live and with such clarity and depth.

They have grown to be my favorite band.

My CD came today as I ordered it three weeks ago from Amazon.

The studio songs of include Seasons' End (also available on The Myth and Legend of Kamelot), Pendulous Fall (found on the first edition of Ghost Opera and The Myth and Legend of Kamelot), Epilogue (also available on the Myth and Legend of Kamelot), and the Rule The World (remix) are the typical fair from Kamelot.

The Live portion of the second CD includes: Solitaire; Ghost Opera; The Human Stain (is this not the greatest Kamelot song or what???); Mourning Star; When The Lights Are Down; Abandoned (awesome--especially live); The Haunting (With Simone Simon--Love her); Momento Mori; Epilogue (as good as this song is in the studio--it is brilliant live and bridges the gap between the Black Halo and Ghost Opera material); and March of Mephisto.

Kamelot continues to find ways to reinvent themselves.

After playing Disc #2, I was overwhelmed.

The first disco includes all of Ghost Opera (a staple in the car and on the IPOD) and adds a few videos: Momento Mori (Live) and The Human Stain. The Ghost Opera video is on the first edition of Ghost Opera and the Rule The World Video is on the Kamelot Website or YouTube--whichever is your pleasure.

Buy the reissue CD of the Ghost Opera: The Second Coming and enjoy the bonus CD as Kamelot's gift to you.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Review is for the CD set only, not for the music 23 April 2008
By Kamelot's disciple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Ok, I'm not sure why Kamelot decided to re-release this album. I think disk 2 of this set alone would have made for a good release but I don't think packaging it with Ghost Opera was necessary. On that note, let's start with disk 2 (Live from Belgrade). Good song selection but its definetly missing a few. I went to the Ghost Opera tour and the song selection they had there was awesome, I just hope they had included a lot more songs here (at least more songs that were not included in the Cold Winter's Night Live CD). It also includes 3 new studio songs. Pendulous Fall is about the only one that stands out. Rule the World - Remix is HORRIBLE!! WHY KAMELOT??? Why did you choose to really destroy this song? Only if you like pop music will you like this song (I hope this is not the future of Kamelot).

Now, if you're a fan of Kamelot and don't have the first Ghost Opera edition album then definetly get this one. Disk 1 itself is definetly a 5 Star album, about as good as Kamelot gets.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
magical 29 Jun. 2010
By Jeremy Ja Vogt - Published on Amazon.com
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Roy khan is one of my favorite voices of any kind of music, and is almost ironic he is in a metal band.
the first disc of Ghost opera is short off of perfect, amazing songs. i am not 100% in love with this album, i felt like something was a tiny bit off or missing, but i like it enough to give 5 stars.
though i much prefer the conceptual albums Epica and The Black Halo, this is a fine original album.
this album seems more down-to-earth, and i kind of feel it was a nice break from fantasy, but i enjoyed their older albums because of the fantasy themes, but this one just proves they don't have to talk about medieval middle east in every album, though by judging the video for Rule the world, i think the idea is still implied to some degree.

for new listeners of Kamelot who don't understand what my reference is pertaining to, in a lot of older albums they have used a lot of arabic themes and various concept songs based around the deserts and sort of that sort of feel.

as for this album, it is a good start for listeners, but it might throw you off of their old stuff, which is debatably more metal-ish than this album is. also to people who don't like corny fantasy themes, older albums would obviously be undesired, but at least there is this album for those "real world" people.

as for the second disc, i enjoyed the bonus songs, they are gentle and cute and such, i'm not super into them, but they are nice.

as for the live stuff, i am somewhat disappointed that the guitar solo is taken out of The Haunting, and the keyboard/synth solo is taken out of March of Mephisto.
i do not understand why they decided to do that, but one day i plan to meet and greet and ask about that.

as for the remix of Rule the world, i don't really care for it, i don't like it when people remix songs in general.

either way, this is a high quality album that should be bought, not pirated.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
All intros should be like this! 15 May 2009
By P. Zeller - Published on Amazon.com
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First, it is important to understand that this is my introduction to Kamelot. The only other music of theirs I have heard before this set is an instrumental from the Dominion album (great piece, btw). If only all my introductions to new groups could be as good as this one!

I believe that is the reason why this album started out by sneaking up on me. I was not quite sure how to take this on first listen. But, after subsequent passes, this double CD has shot right up toward the top of my list of favorites in all types of music. It is, at a minimum, solid all the way through (with only one exception) and at times is simply brilliant.

Of course, the first CD is a re-release of the original Ghost Opera CD. I do not believe it has been re-worked versus the original release. I can't image how it could have been, based on the other reviews I have seen. However, as a Kamalot "rookie", here is my take on that portion of the album.

Overall, I absolutely love the total arrangement approach of Kamelot. The mix of poetry, sometimes complex lyicals, and, at other times, direct lyical approach, is at once both appealing and involving. The overall mix of metal, symphonic, and prog rock is never over-played in any direction and always heavily detailed. Most of these songs can be enjoyed "in the back ground" or in full emersion (which is my preference).

The title track, with its intense drive, fantastic melody, and haunting vocals is a great piece and sets a very good background for the rest of the album. Blucher, a song which, I believe, describes the feelings of a German captan about to loose a running battle during either WWI or (more likely) WWII, is a very good song that just seems to keep getting better with each pass. (Blucher was the name of a German heavy cruiser sunk during WWI in the Battle of Dogger Bank and was the name of a German Hipper-class heavy cruiser sunk during the WWII Battle of Drobak Sound.)

One of my personal favorites from this disc is Up From The Ashes. This song, very well written and arranged, describes a very interesting potential point of view of Pontious Pilot during the trial of Jesus. This song demands both your attention on the lyrics and, simultaneously, your attention to the musical detail. Yet, that is neither distracting nor tiresome, which normally becomes an issue with other songs from other bands like this.

Of course, Morning Star is another instant classic.

There are also two videos on disc 1. If it is any indication how good the music is, I have not even viewed the two videos yet. That would mean having to take the disc out of the CD player and puttin it in the DVD player.

Disc 2 is the live disc. This disc very quickly demonstrates to me that the quality of the music in the studio has to do with the performers. There is very little difference (amazingly) between the studio production and the sound quality of the live Kamelot! Some leveling of the live sound might help, but this is very minor and probably just an issue of individual taste. This says much about the musicianship and energy of the band.

In the live set, Ghost Opera and Morning Star again reach the top of the list. However, Memento Mori is also an amazing piece played live. In fact, it is so amazing that I have ordered the Black Halo based almost entirely upon hearing this piece on this disc.

There are only two reasonably small short-comings on this album. The first has to do with the production approach taken for the song Anthem on the first disc. For some reason, the band elects to distort Khan's vocals for an otherwise beautiful piece. I have tried to understand why, listening to both the words and the music. However, the reason for this escapes me. With other groups, this might be done to hide a marginal vocal performance. Not so here. Khan's voice is strong and consistant throughout both discs. He sings throughout all of this music, which is a refreshing change for this genre. Other bands and lead singers seem to feel a need to sound like(i.e. growl and scream) Dio or James Hettfield from time to time, whether it fits the music or not.

The second issue is much harder for me to stomach. The remix of Rule the World, at the end of the second disc, comes COMPLETELY out of left field. It is highly irritating to listen to after hearing the brilliance of the rest of the disc. They seem to have some notion of gaining exposure in the European dance market or something to that effect. It DEFINITELY doesn't work! Fortunately, it is at the end of the second disc and can be easily skipped without ruining the flow of the rest of the music. Therefore, I did not down rate the album overall for this one faux pax.

After listening to this disc in depth, I have come to appreciate something in a broader sense. If you take Kamelot, and add to them Symphony X and Dream Theater, you get a very clear picture that symphonic/prog metal has truly hit its stride in this past decade, at least as these three bands deliver their art. Kamelot is an very good example of what those of us always wanted and hoped for when listening to ELP, ELO, Kansas, Judas Priest, Mettalica, and etc. in the '70s & '80s.-- a combination of the metal, the prog, and the symphonic in a focussed, intellegent fashion.

Specific to this album, Kamelot seems to be even better focussed than most of the others on the song itself, while still maintaining the high level of musicianship, musical texture, and lyrical intelligence.

This is a top notch collection, period. If you already own the original release of Ghost Opera, I would contend that it is worth getting this one as well, especially since the price is reasonable anyway. For anyone new to Kamelot, what a way to start!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent concert piece! 19 Oct. 2010
By Enthrusiast - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is the best concert album I've ever listened to - I have never seen Kamelot live but they sound BETTER live than on a CD (see their videos on youtube). Before I listened to this album, I thought Epica (album) was great. But you listen to Ghost Opera and you notice that Kamelot's music grows progressively more mature and complex and I believe they haven't reached their zenith yet - not even on Poetry for the Poisoned. While Epica sounded like a concept album, Ghost Opera is a 'whole' made up of single pieces that sound great on their own. Abandoned, Haunted, Ghost Opera, you name it - every one of them is a piece you'll start humming after just the second listen! It's a must have for anyone who wants good music in their headphones. Simply put - excellent and beautiful music (oh and did I mentioned that Simone from Epica (band) lends her vocals here too?)!
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