20 Songs, 1 Hour 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Symphonic metal troupe Kamelot have always had a flair for high drama, and this fantastical concept album is no exception. “The Mission” opens The Shadow Theory with a sweeping orchestral intro before segueing into the theatrical passion play of “Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire).” “RavenLight” boasts flurries of harmonic squeals and a space-age synth-guitar solo as vocalist Tommy Karevik delivers a lofty, operatic performance. Later, Beyond the Black chanteuse Jennifer Haben joins Karevik for an elegant duet on the piano-driven ballad “In Twilight Hours.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Symphonic metal troupe Kamelot have always had a flair for high drama, and this fantastical concept album is no exception. “The Mission” opens The Shadow Theory with a sweeping orchestral intro before segueing into the theatrical passion play of “Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire).” “RavenLight” boasts flurries of harmonic squeals and a space-age synth-guitar solo as vocalist Tommy Karevik delivers a lofty, operatic performance. Later, Beyond the Black chanteuse Jennifer Haben joins Karevik for an elegant duet on the piano-driven ballad “In Twilight Hours.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5

40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Finally!

Valia Corsi

After the departure of Roy Khan, all fans of Kamelot were shaken to their cores. Normally when a band loses a vocalist that is so essential to their sound their later albums will never be nearly as good. Tommy has some serious skill, but following Silverthorn and Haven it was apparent he wasn't fully in tuned with the band and its sound, nor was the band itself in tuned with Tommy's distinct melodic sound. Don't get me wrong, Silverthorn and Haven were good but not great or phenomenal. But The Shadow Theory is a whole new dimension to explore. This album, Tommy SHINES in, this was the album that finally reached equilibrium. Each and every song is unique and amazing, Kevlar skin is dark and focuses on the amazing guitar riffs where as Mindfall The Proud and The Broken focuses on those wonderful sounds from Oliver's keyboard. In Twilight Hours brings back memories of Abandoned and is so well done that it's on par with it's The Black Halo counterpart! The Phantom Divine and Burns to Embrace sound futuristic and mystifying you would want to hear it again and again! Honestly, RavenLight is their worst song on this album and it's still good, and I am not kidding. This album is something else! Finally, Tommy has found his place in Kamelot! Well done!

Absolutely phenomenal

Adjohall

I’ve been a Kamelot fan for a very long time. This album is some of their best work. After several listens I feel comfortable placing The Shadow Theory in the top three best albums this band has produced. Incredibly deserving, buy the album you will not regret it.

Kamelot does it again!

totodial

Kamelot has come back with an amazing album. I just listen to the whole thing and I will say that Tommy’s vocals are incredible! Music is soooooo great!

About Kamelot

A shape-shifting and musically adept American, German, and Swedish hard rock unit that skillfully 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, serving as frontman and co-writer from 1997 to 2011). Kamelot issued their debut album, Eternity, via Noise Records in 1995, and stayed with the label through their next five offerings, Dominion (1997), Siége Perilous (1998), The Fourth Legacy (1999), Karma (2001), and Epica (2003), before inking a deal with the Sony-distributed German independent SPV/Steamhammer for their seventh long-player, The Black Halo. Released in 2007, Ghost Opera found its way into the Billboard Top 200 via the Top Heatseekers chart, while 2010's Poetry for the Poisoned, 2012's ambitious Silverthorn, 2015's Haven, and 2018's epic The Shadow Theory helped to firmly establish the band as one of contemporary power metal's most enduring acts. ~ James Christopher Monger

ORIGIN
Tampa, FL
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1991

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