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December 24, 2013

Album 0412: Kamelot – Poetry For The Poisoned

Kamelot-PoetryForThePoisoned

Release Date: 2010
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. The Great Pandemonium (04:22)
2. If Tomorrow Came (03:55)
3. Dear Editor (01:18)
4. The Zodiac (04:00)
5. Hunter’s Season (05:34)
6. House On A Hill (04:15)
7. Necropolis (04:18)
8. My Train Of Thoughts (04:07)
9. Seal Of Woven Years (05:12)
10. Poetry For The Poisoned, Pt. I: Incubus (2:57)
11. Poetry For The Poisoned, Pt. II: So Long (3:24)
12. Poetry For The Poisoned, Pt. III: All Is Over (1:03)
13. Poetry For The Poisoned, Pt. IV: Dissection (01:58)
14. Once Upon A Time (03:48)
15. Where The Wild Roses Grow (03:59)

Total Length: 54:09

The Great Pandemonium is a pretty solid starting track. It never really gets to the heights that I think they wanted it to, other than the last twenty seconds. Having a guest vocalist on this track does help set it apart though. If Tomorrow Came is the same deal. It feels very held back, like they were more focused on things other than making the song as invigorating as it could possibly be. Style and atmosphere came before a better arrangement.

Dear Editor almost works as a creepy intro, but the dual vocals for it are more funny than scary. When you can only clearly hear the chipmunk voice, it’s hard to take it seriously. The Zodiac is kind of nice with Jon Oliva tagging in during the chorus, but the song doesn’t really go anywhere, and it feels kind of cheap overall. Hunter’s Season also doesn’t really go anywhere. It’s longer than it needs to be, and the guest guitar solo feels useless.

House On A Hill is a softer song, a ballad with some extra vocals from Simone Simons. She helps elevate the song, but that’s not saying much. It’s very dry and basic. Necropolis is just boring. It doesn’t do anything. They have a riff, it gets repeated throughout, and that’s all there is to the song. My Train Of Thoughts has a long opening and then has the exact same issue as the previous track. The chorus is kind of catchy, but not enough.

Seal Of Woven Years is honestly one of the better songs, with catchy guitars and a few other memorable moments. Poetry For The Poisoned is a suite of tracks lasting just over nine minutes, beginning with Incubus. This track, unlike most of the album, is actually kind of fun. The last bit of it I could do without though. So Long is amazing too, with great guitars and Simone Simons returns for some great vocals. The song makes this album finally feel like it’s on the right track.

All Is Over is a fairly nice little track, nothing bad and nothing amazing. Dissection works the same, it’s a fairly decent end for this bigger song. Once Upon A Time feels like some of the band’s older works, and it has all the markings and trappings that come along with that. It’s catchy but I don’t feel I gained anything from it. Where The Wild Roses Grow is a cover of Nick Cave and it’s one of the best songs on here. Kind of telling of the overall quality on the album since it’s a cover, but that doesn’t mean I mind hearing this song. It works extremely well and I love the feel of it. The rest of the album I can mostly take it or leave it. They just didn’t have ‘it’ going on.

Final Rating: 6.5/10

January 16, 2013

Album 0220: Kamelot – Epica

Kamelot-Epica

Release Date: 2003
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Prologue (01:07)
2. Center Of The Universe (05:27)
3. Farewell (03:41)
4. Interlude I: Opiate Soul (01:10)
5. The Edge Of Paradise (04:10)
6. Wander (04:24)
7. Interlude II: Omen (00:41)
8. Descent Of The Archangel (04:36)
9. Interlude III: At The Banquet (00:31)
10. A Feast For The Vain (03:57)
11. On The Coldest Winter Night (04:04)
12. Lost & Damned (04:55)
13. Helena’s Theme (01:51)
14. Interlude IV: Dawn (00:28)
15. The Mourning After (Carry On) (04:59)
16. III Ways To Epica (06:15)
17. Snow (04:22)

Total Length: 56:37

Prologue works as an atmospheric piece, but otherwise doesn’t do much for me. Center Of The Universe is a fantastic opening track though. Catchy and memorable, it’s easy to love this song. Farewell has a great chorus as well, and the song is highly enjoyable. Interlude I: Opiate Soul is a nice short piece, I like the choral vocals, and how it leads directly into The Edge Of Paradise. This song is fairly good, I enjoy the main riff and the chorus but some other moments don’t do much for me.

Wander is an okay ballad, the band has done better ones but this is still nice. Interlude II: Omen is another okay atmospheric piece, for once I don’t see why this couldn’t have been appended to the end of the last track. Descent Of The Archangel is okay but honestly a bit boring after getting most of the way through it. Interlude III: At The Banquet is fairly useless as well. A Feast For The Vain has some fun moments in it, though the vocal effect to differentiate the two characters Roy Khan is playing gets old after a while.

On The Coldest Winter Night is a much better ballad, and one of my favorites from this album. Lost & Damned is great as well, if only on the strength of its chorus. Helena’s Theme is a nice little change of pace, pretty symphonic and the female vocals are nice. Interlude IV: Dawn is necessary for the story but useless musically. The Mourning After (Carry On) is a fantastic track to help the end of the album. Everything about it is great.

III Ways To Epica is a bigger song that does at least keep me interested the whole way through and has some neat moments. Snow is a bonus track, and a pretty nice one at that. The album sort of drags a bit in the middle for me, but the end picks it up quite nicely. I am still not as big on Kamelot as some people are, but this is a very solid album that I’m never really, truly bored of.

Final Rating: 7.5/10

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January 25, 2012

Album 0007: Kamelot – The Black Halo

Release Date: 2005
Genre: Power Metal

Tracklisting:

1. March Of Mephisto (05:29)
2. When The Lights Are Down (03:41)
3. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) (05:40)
4. Soul Society (04:18)
5. Interlude I: Dei Gratia (00:57)
6. Abandoned (04:07)
7. This Pain (03:59)
8. Moonlight (05:10)
9. Interlude II: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso (00:41)
10. The Black Halo (03:43)
11. Nothing Ever Dies (04:46)
12. Memento Mori (08:54)
13. Interlude III: Midnight – Twelve Tolls For A New Day (01:21)
14. Serenade (04:33)
15. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) (single edit) (03:42)
16. March Of Mephisto (single edit) (03:30)

Total Length: 01:04:43

March Of Mephisto was the first Kamelot song I ever listened to, and it’s brilliant. A great riff, wonderful vocals, and the song structure is fresh and always keeps your attention. When The Lights Are Down is a pretty good song, but honestly I think it’s really the production and little touches that save it. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) is pretty amazing. Just like the first track, the structure is fantastic and all the vocals are great. Soul Society has a really good chorus, just another great song.

Interlude I: Dei Gratia isn’t really interesting, just some flavor for the album really. Abandoned took me a little while to get into, but I love how emotional it gets at parts. This Pain is pretty good, not the best song on here. I like the production, again. Moonlight straddles a nice line between metal and ballad, I like it. Interlude II: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso is a weird little piece, nice distraction for a moment I suppose.

The Black Halo, despite being the title track, is actually one of the lesser songs on here. It’s still good, but nothing really shines. Nothing Ever Dies is kind of likewise. I sort of enjoy what they do with it, but something about it that I can’t quite describe puts me off. Memento Mori is a big song with a lot of cool parts. It’s not as outright engaging as some other songs, but is very good. Interlude III: Midnight – Twelve Tolls For A New Day is interesting and relates to the overall story which I didn’t really pay attention to too much. Serenade is kind of in the same vein as the last few songs, solid but not fantastic.

The last two tracks are radio edits, which I think are terrible bonus tracks. Radio edits just annoy me, especially in songs like Mephisto where it pretty much cuts out what was really interesting about the song. I won’t count it against the album though. Thia album is pretty fantastic, it just took me a while to get into. I wouldn’t think of it immediately when I think of great albums, but it is just very solid all around.

Final Rating: 8.5/10