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The Black Halo [Limited Edition]

Kamelot Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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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 (14 Mar 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: SPV
  • ASIN: B0007PH8GW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,356 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album so far - review by SnowVixen 22 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've always liked Kamelot, though I felt that they'd peaked at Karma, and would never really be able to grab the intensity and passion of that album again. This prediction held true during the somewhat lackluster Epica, though it's hardly an album I'd consider "bad". Logically, I assumed this trend would continue on it's downward slide and had no real hope for this album, assuming it would be somewhere between "generic" and "commercial to the point of lameness". Kamelot... I apologize for doubting you.
The vocals, as is somewhat expected from Mr. Khan, are passionate, emotive and consistently strong. His soft, almost sultry, tenor is one of the things I've always liked about this group and they don't fail to deliver here. Never do they even attempt to go out of their range, and I greatly enjoy that reserved approach. Helping him on occasion are a number of additional vocalists that sound damn good in their parts as well. Whether it's one of the various women, the choral harmonies or even Shagrath's grunt, nothing seems out of place or used for just token effect. Whoever arranged the vocal layering, my hat goes off to you.
The guitars aren't what I expected either, having a crunch far stronger than on either Epica or Karma. Every track on this album has a groove to it, but nothing so groovy as to think "oh god, a metalcore influence". This is a groove more reminiscent of Impellitteri, and some of the guitar theatrics reminded me of him at times. Of course, there's a fair deal of soaring guitar as well, but that's never been Kamelot's focus and I'd prefer it stay that way. The solos at no point seem forced, flowing almost seamlessly, and always appropriate to the song. Oddly, the solos are normally where I get annoyed with power metal albums, and I had none of these problems here.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supreme progressive metal. 4 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
Kamelot can be proud of themselves for being trend setters rather than followers for like-minded bands in the progressive metal genre. The band debuted in 1994 with the release of `Eternity' and approximately two years later the sophomore album `Dominion' was released propelling Kamelot into the spotlight by giving them the recognition they deserve.

After recording these two albums, singer Marc Vanderbilt left the band for greener pastures. Both albums were very melodic, forward-thinking in approach and Vanderbilt possessed an amazing vocal register being compared to at the time with the very mysterious and flamboyant, Midnight, from Crimson Glory. The media

praised the release of `Eternity' hailing it as one of the most promising debuts ever.

After Vanderbilt's departure, this Florida based band recruited Norwegian singer extrodinaire, Roy Khan, ex Conception (R.I.P.), to fill the vocal spot returning the band to a quartet. The main nucleus and mastermind of the band is founding member and guitarist, Thomas Youngblood who is the inspirational force, both musically as well as creatively.

Since those halcyon days, the Kamelot sound has developed with each new album and the band has become very technical as all the musicians are supreme masters of their individual instruments. The voice of Khan is very enchanting and during his younger days received opera training which has equipped him superbly for his job in Kamelot. He has a mid to high range vocal range, having total control over his voice when reaching the high notes. Some of his best work can be heard singing ballads, leaving the listener bewildered as to just how superior he is.

`The black Halo' was released in 2005 and quite possibility their most accomplished work to date.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class, Quality & Comittment 19 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Like a regular Amazon buyer, I had checked previous reviews of the band's previous albums as well as this one and felt this to be this best intro to the band. Iwas not wrong! From the dark instrumental intro into of March Of Mephisto to the deeply sad but beautiful emotion of Abandoned, this album covers the full gamut of the human emotional spectrum. There is something here for all lovers of quality rock music. There is not one bad track here and there is a fluidity and quality of songwriting that is breathtaking. Khan's vocals are akin to where Geoff Tate should have been now with Queensryche and Youngblood just keeps it all together! Check the band's website for sample videos & songs. I highly recommend this album to any lover of rock from 15 to 50 (I'm nearly there!) Nuff Said - Buy It!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and awesome 6 Sep 2008
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This album is class. 'March of Memphisto' opens with a grandeous marching riff and it sounds like the hordes of Sauron going into war. Then it slows for Khan's amazing vocals to begin. Khan's vocals are absolutely breathtaking. His operatic training is obvious from the start of this song and throughout the album.

The first four tracks could be classed as 'Progressive Metal' because the nice distorted guitar riffs form the backbone of the music. I love the guitar solos on this album. For example, 'Soul Society' has a fantastic quiet interlude which leads into some nice scale-dancing fingerwork. This is extremely uplifting and stirring music!

My favourite moment of the album is when Kahn chants the track 5 Interlude which moves seemlessly with piano work into 'Abandon' and his voice is heavenly here. It is just him singing with a piano and string accompaniment. Hardly traditional metal this is definitely showing the bands love of the grandeous and operatic. Then in comes the female voice as it builds to the crescendo.

There are some serious metal riffs on this album such as start of 'The Black Halo'. There are also some serious symphonic, operatic moments which makes for a amazing and unique mix.

I recommend this album to everyone that appreciates progressive, symphonic, gothic metal or contempory rock arrangements (I'm thinking of War of the Worlds) to give this a listen. I personally think that all open-minded music lovers should give this a listen. It is too unique to be stereotyped into a particular genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reluctant 3
In my opinion Kamelot's finest album. However the vinyl arrived warped, otherwise speedy service and great product.
Published 20 days ago by Joseph Botting
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
The second part of Kamelot's musical telling of Goethe's Faust, The Black Halo is a follow up to 2003's Epica and opens with a real metal treat with loud guitars, heavy drums and... Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2011 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Love this album.
I am a Kamelot fan and with Simone Simmons in this album. It even gets better
Published on 28 Nov 2010 by Heena
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Hello and Epica - 2parts of 1album
I bought this album as I liked 2-3 songs from it, and EPICA, as I was told it is a part 2 of the same thing. Read more
Published on 20 Oct 2009 by Patricia Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic from Kamelot
From start to finish you are truly entertained, and left wanting more ......
From March of Mephisto through to the final track Serenade
it's hard to find fault. Read more
Published on 30 July 2009 by jjelmo
5.0 out of 5 stars This will hug your ears
This CD is for anyone with a love of music full stop.

i listened to a 30 second sample on itunes and i knew i needed this in my CD collection. Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by G. Kovacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Kamelot - The Black Halo
I had been meaning to get The Black Halo for quite a long time and I finally ordered it the other day and I'm kicking myself for not getting it sooner. Read more
Published on 19 May 2009 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars ...metal vinyl mayhem...
The latest installment of the SPV / Steamhammer 25th birthday celebrations, and it's more metal mayhem with this set. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2009 by Mr. H
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Progressive Metal Albums Ever....
I think the other reviewers have pretty much summed up the technical aspects of this album.

I bought this album when it came out, and it blew me away. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2006 by Mr. J. MCCAFFERTY
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