The Black Halo makes past Kamelot releases feel obsolete. This album, without a doubt, resurrects the power metal genre and redefines the word: “melodic.” Fear not Kamelot fans, they have not veered away from their classic sound, “March of Mephisto” pulls you in right away with an epic, Hollywood-like intro, the band's style of creating such amazing musical atmospheres.
The only thing I can say about the next song, “When the Lights Are Down,” is that YOU HAVE TO HEAR IT!! HELL, this whole CD ROCKS with melodic guitars, amazing vocals, keyboards and choirs, get the idea? And don't fear, such complexities for a metal CD have been seen to sometimes fail, but The Black Halo works. Kamelot have composed a masterpiece that must be heard! If you're unfamiliar with Kamelot, do yourself a favor, get out from under that rock, and pick up this album.
The release also features special appearances by Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR, Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simons, Mari (MASQUERAID), as well as the KAMELOT choir, featuring Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE), Amanda Somerville-Scharf, Miro, Gerit Göbel, Thomas Rettke (HEAVEN'S GATE) and Elisabeth Kjaernes.
I am honored to have reviewed such an excellent album, being a big fan of Kamelot; I would like to hear about a US tour for the band in the near future. ROCK ON!
Khan - Vocals
Thomas Youngblood - Guitar
Glenn Barry - Bass
Casey Grillo - Drums
- March of Mephisto
- When the Lights Are Down
- The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)
- Soul Society
- Interlude I - Dei Gratia
- This Pain
- Interlude II - Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso
- The Black Halo
- Nothing Ever Dies
- Memento Mori
- Interlude III - Midnight/Twelve Tolls for a New Day