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The Black Halo CD

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • ASIN: B0007OASII
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,756 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. March of Mephisto
  2. When the Lights Are Down
  3. The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)
  4. Soul Society
  5. Interlude 1: Dei Gratia
  6. Abandoned
  7. This Pain
  8. Moonlight
  9. Interlude 2: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso
  10. The Black Halo
  11. Nothing Ever Dies
  12. Memento Mori
  13. Interlude 3: Midnight - Twelve Tolls for a New Day
  14. Serenade

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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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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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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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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. I listened to it today after the first time and ages and it still hits the mark. The distortion levels, vocals, orchestration and dynamics are unbelievable. If you're tired of progressive metal bands not achieving their potential, or just looking for something new (and metaltastic) then I recommend giving this a whirl.
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KAMELOT managed to get one of metal's best vocalists when they managed to convince ex-CONCEPTION Roy Chan, to join them, a few years ago, replacing the impeccable and amazing Mark Vanderbilt at the vocal helm. Since then, they have released a barrage of sensational prog inclined, lyrical power metal albums and have established them in the upper echelon of the given genres ranks, easily nullifying some rather boring and Trite Europower bands, with their weak, one dimensional and rather flat singers. This spring KAMELOT will unleash their god knows 8th, perhaps album, if we consider the live album, a proper release. "The black halo" continues their unbroken line of awesome albums. Much heavier, than the rather allegro and lighter "Epica", this album veers into progressive territory, while I'm not sure that if it continues the concept introduced, in "Epica". I distinctly heard the mention of the name Helena, and the character from epica, also adorn the beautiful cover of this release, so I gather this must be the case. "Epica pt2". To make things even weirder and keep tongue, firmly in cheek, KAMELOT, have invited EPICA'S Ms Simone Simmons, to contribute the female vocals. Ms Simmons is a spirited Mezzo-Soprano that really enhances some of the compositions, with her beautiful ethereal delivery. While the bombast is intact here, I think the band has opted to adopt a darker, mid paced and rather less presumptuous direction. This might loose them a few points with the first time listener that might expect to be impressed by the fast paced bombast of some catchy whirlwind, but actually will probably win them a few points with the established fan base, as it adds a bit of variation to the usual proceedings, making this release a rather unpredictable, yet unlikely welcome surprise to the casual listener.Read more ›
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