The Black Halo CD
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this having seen the band live at Hammerfest March 2015. It contains some truly excellent songs, a few are meh, but overall it's an excellent album.Published 11 months ago by ST9000
It's about time that I got down with my pen and wrote a review for this album, because this is another one of those precious elite works of art- that stand so mightily tall above... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Agma
In my opinion Kamelot's finest album. However the vinyl arrived warped, otherwise speedy service and great product.Published 23 months ago by Joseph Botting
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 morePublished on 6 Feb. 2011 by David
Love this album.
I am a Kamelot fan and with Simone Simmons in this album. It even gets better
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 morePublished on 20 Oct. 2009 by Patricia Burton
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