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Ghost Opera

Kamelot

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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!

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A New High

Kamelot's hundreds of thousands of fans had high expectations for the band following Epica and The Black Halo -concept albums based on Goethe's Faust- and they won't disappoint anyone. This album places more emphasis on the symphonic side of it's music than previous releases, and this has created some brilliant songs, such as Ghost Opera, which blends energy and drama, Blucher, which is an unusually industrial song and the tear-inducing Love You To Death. The best however is probably The Human Stain, a extremely well written song about climate change with a ticking-clock beat to it. If you are a Kamelot fan, buy it. If you are a power metal fan, buy it. And if you are a symphonic metal fan, buy it.

Woah now

A truly beautiful and epic album

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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