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4.7 out of 5 stars
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The Black Halo
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on 19 December 2005
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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on 19 May 2009
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. It's epic and powerful with layers of melody and aggressive riffs. Roy Khan has an amazing singing voice and this has two guest vocalists - Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir in March Of Mephisto and Simone Simons of Epica in The Haunting (Somewhere In Time). The three short interludes probably wouldn't be missed had they been left out but it all goes with the concept of the album. Catchy choruses, rich vocals and excellent musicianship makes this CD a winner.

Don't kick yourself.
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on 13 September 2015
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.
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on 20 October 2009
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. Both albums are excellent, the music is very melodic considering it's metal, and very dynamic. I would say what is my favourite song, but would have to list them all...
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on 16 April 2015
Absolutely brilliant, I love this group, they're awesome!
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on 30 July 2009
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. Exceptional vocals, lyrics and complex
but catchy musical composition make this a must have album.
Buy it then sit back and enjoy!
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on 5 March 2015
I love it!
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on 28 February 2017
Kamelot is one of my favourite bands. Roy Khan is, without a doubt, the best singer I have heard in a metal group.

If you are here, it's because you are a Kamelot fan, so you will not need me to go into great depth of what you will expect from this album. In short, it's amazing - every song is great and there wont be that one song that you will skip to get to the next one.

This one is definitely worthy of an award!
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on 21 January 2015
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 the sea of sails that it's almost in-describable., USA progressive/power metallers - "Kamelot" have always been quite an exceptional band that have given us such superb LP entries, such as "The Fourth Legacy, Epica, Karma". But starting from about the time that 'R. Khan' came on board from early in-to the bands career, you could tell that something incredible was brewing. Each time, a successionally better album than the one before it, was building an icon upon progress.

...and progression is here alright, as is a fantastic display/arrangement of musical influences. This is pure enchanting music built from the ground up:- and the quality of the soundscapes and musical transitions aptly reflect this. From a more general point of view:- this is an album that is fairly hard to pigeon-hole. Sure there are metal crucibles:- like the epic charade of 'March Of Mephisto', and the bulk of the progressive/powerade's of... 'The Lights Are Down, Soul Society, This Pain, Moonlight, The Black Halo, Nothing Ever Dies and Serenade'; and these contrast a few much more soothing ballads, like Prelude I, Abandoned, Prelude II, Prelude III'.

This is essentially a-more crossover arena of progressive and power metal of varying degrees, a slight departure perhaps from Kamelot's solid power metal grounding. In addition, I can detect several other classical:- European folk, jazz & operatic overtones/influences which collectively spice up the ingredients immeasurably; particularly within the song 'Abandoned', but what is abundantly clear however, is that the band so confidently display such an incredibly strong discipline and unison within they're songwriting abilities, musical arrangements and a ept understanding of the music worlds they are working within.

Completely unlike any other band in approach, 'The Black Halo' is absolutely a modern classic without any question. Under the very, (and still continually strong) leadership of Thomas Youngblood, they may never again be able to equalise qualities of this scale. Despite a robust bass and technically sound guitar-work, the star of this show must surely be due for 'Roy Khan's' vocal performance. What an utterly jaw-dropping and passionate display of conviction!. Even his previously stellar and majestic work in his old band:- "Conception" may arguably have been eclipsed here,... and that is certainly a very big feat to conquer indeed.

"The Black Halo" is the most beautifully articulate, soaring, towering masterpiece I have ever heard, and it deserves a place in any metal or music collectors corner.
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on 4 April 2007
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. It has a symphonic feel, but the song writing only has got better, not that any of the previous albums were inferior. To the contrary in fact, as Kamelot have delivered the goods each time like the amazing `The forth Legacy' and `Epica' albums, showcasing what a professional ensemble they are.

`The Black Halo' was recorded at the Gate Studio in Germany with long-time producer Sascha Paeth (Angra, Rhapsody). There are a whole host of guest musicians contributing to various songs like: Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Simone Simons (Epica) and Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) to name only a few. Furthermore, the band used a choir and symphony orchestra to give the album that extra classical and bombastic touch.

The album is concept based, drawing the battle-lines between good and evil (the story began on the `Epica' release) and it is adapted from Goethe's Faustus. It really is about political, cultural and religious events at Goethe's time and is a rather interesting storyline indeed.

Guitarist Thomas Youngblood has an incredible feel for the music he creates, incorporating some interesting staccato guitar work. He is extraordinarily talented and does not buy into the progressive metal guitar tomfoolery that some bands like to show off with extended solos etc.

Powerhouse drummer, Casey Grillo delivers what can be described as a sonic blast from start to finish. The use of the double-bass drum is very apparent and he lays down some awesome footwork, giving the music such power in the faster songs. Bassist Glenn Barry is also great to listen too and the bass is right in the mix giving support to the rest of the instruments.

Overall, a great album from one of the best progressive metal bands to grace our planet. I would encourage individuals that haven't heard of Kamelot before to check them out as they are truly inspirational.
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