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KAMELOT ‘The Black Halo’ SPV (2005)

Since forming in 1994 Kamelot have released eight albums and to my shame this is the first one I’ve heard by them. Musically they are one of the growing number of European power meets progressive metal bands.

It apparently follows on from 2003’s ‘Epica’ in dealing with the battle between good and evil. Things certainly get of to a flying start with the rousing ‘March Of Mephisto’ which sees guest appearances from Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) on keys and Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagarth. ‘When The Lights Are Down’ will have Helloween fans in delight - strangely vocalist Khan reminds me of Midge Ure in the quieter passages! This would be a real crowd pleaser in the live setting.

‘Momento Mori’ is a stand out track mixing a gentle vocal introduction before the power chords kick in. The only downside is that a few tracks do outstay their welcome.

Not in the class of Evergrey or Threshold yet but certainly one of the better power/prog metal bands out there at the moment.


Review by Jason Ritchie

Label website

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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