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Album Review

As recently as the mid- to late '90s, it was pretty darn incomprehensible for a band to merge heavy metal with a symphony orchestra. But a decade later, the number of "symphonic metal" bands seemed to be growing by the day — as the genre was being spearheaded by such acts as Kamelot (with most of symphonic metal bands hailing from Europe, Kamelot is an exception — they're natives of Florida). On their eighth full-length overall, 2007's Ghost Opera, the band continues to merge tricky prog metal with swirling strings — following a musical path not all that far removed from such "thinking man's metallists" as Queensrÿche and Dream Theater. Kamelot's symphonic metal hybrid is best sampled on such album standouts as "Rule the World," "Blucher," and the title track, while a track such as "Anthem" seems custom-made for a fleet-footed ballet or ice-skating adaptation. Both bombastic and complex, those Kamelot boys sure can play!

Customer Reviews

WOW!

What a totally unexpected find this is!! Loove the heavy riffs & orchestral strains all cleverly mixed together. A bit early Judas Priest? A bit Evanesence? A bit 'movie soundtrack'- you know, the ones that have you looking at the credits to see who the band is,etc. Not a true mosher's album, but something a tad more soothing, good for air guitar!!! WendBend

Powerful Forces!

This is a very powerful album... really strong and full of hard rock essense!

Well Worth the Buy

Awesome album, second only to Black Halo. Definently Classic Kamelot

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A shape-shifting and musically adept American, German, and Swedish hard rock unit that skilfully blends elements of classical, gothic/doom metal, progressive rock, and symphonic metal, Kamelot came to be in 1992 in Tampa, Florida. Founded by multi-instrumentalist Thomas Youngblood, the band has endured numerous lineup changes throughout its existence, with Youngblood serving as the sole consistent member (Norwegian vocalist Roy Sætre Khantatat, better known as Roy Khan, had the second longest tenure,...
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