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Kamelot – The Black Halo

Label: SPV USA
Format: CD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Kamelot start off on the right foot with a mid tempo number called 'March of Mephisto', anchored by strong guitars and a pounding rhythm section. The track also features some background vocals by Shagrath from Dimmu Borgir who adds a slightly darker atmosphere along with Jen from Stratovarius on keyboards making his mark in the solo. The inclusion of both artists blends perfectly with Kamelot’s graceful approach to their musical arrangements. There is also a video for this track which brings out the power of the song and features Shagrath as well.


Being on SPV seems to be beneficial to Kamelot and it appears the band will be getting the proper push they deserve and need for their homeland in the States.

"The Black Halo" may very well be Kamelot’s strongest album yet. It is really no different than what previous albums have offered, though the band has obviously honed their writing skills into a finely crafted piece of melodic Power Metal. Take 'When the Lights are Down' which keeps the momentum moving along nicely, followed by the haunting delivery to 'The Haunting', with backing female vocals by Simone Simons from Epica.

What is also noticeable this time around is a stronger guitar sound which is evident on the opening track, and sets the tone for most of the album, a positive inclusion to their music. Of course you get a couple more dramatic songs, ballads, featuring what singer Kahns is known for which is his very melodic tone. His voice and graceful approach to delivery of lyrics has always given Kamelot their own sound and makes them very recognizable in the genre.

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