Black Halo [Bonus Tracks]

Black Halo [Bonus Tracks]

by Kamelot
     
 

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Much to their credit, American progressive metal stalwarts Kamelot have consistently tread a very distinctive and personal path throughout their career, paying little mind to popular trends or passing fashions, and, as a result, gaining a fan following more dedicated than most. These fans won't be disappointed with the band's seventh studioSee more details below

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Much to their credit, American progressive metal stalwarts Kamelot have consistently tread a very distinctive and personal path throughout their career, paying little mind to popular trends or passing fashions, and, as a result, gaining a fan following more dedicated than most. These fans won't be disappointed with the band's seventh studio album, 2005's typically accomplished and eclectic Black Halo, which immediately bucks ordinary metallic expectations when it chooses the majestic, slow-building "March of Mephisto" as an opener ahead of second track "When the Lights Go Down"'s opening of the power metal floodgates. Of course that's because, despite often running in similar performing and recording circles (this album, in fact, having been cut in Germany) as Europe's power metal elite, Kamelot easily transcend most subgenre limitations by looking both backwards and forwards, to classic heavy metal and progressive metal horizons, respectively. Enter the band's ongoing study of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's poetic dramatization of Faust, a project carried over from their previous album, 2003's Epica, and interwoven into much of the band's own concepts here. Much like a three-act play, these 14 cuts appear to be clustered in accordance with a vague overall plot, and come partitioned by three interludes, the second of which is particularly interesting and original for featuring visitor Cinzia Rizzo singing in Italian. In fact, guest appearances abound throughout Black Halo, with, among others, Dimmu Borgir throat Shagrath and Epica">Epica">Epica">{|Epica siren Simone Simons both lending their voices and characters to a song or two, and {|Stratovarius keyboardist {|Jens Johansson">Epica siren Simone Simons both lending their voices and characters to a song or two, and {|Stratovarius">Epica">Epica">{|Epica siren Simone Simons both lending their voices and characters to a song or two, and {|Stratovarius keyboardist {|Jens Johansson adding his remarkable talents to a couple of tunes as well. But, no matter how many luminaries drop in, it's ever the members of Kamelot themselves holding down the fort on masterful examples of regal, often symphonically-enhanced heavy metal like "The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)," the title track, and the stunning, eight-minute album centerpiece "Memento Mori." And in vocalist Roy Khan -- quite simply one of the most versatile and expressive in any rock field -- Kamelot have a truly unique talent (see his tour de force in the glorious ballad "Abandoned"), and one which, for all his formidable lung capacity, never threatens to overwhelm the efforts of his equally talented bandmates. Sure enough, by the time it finally finishes unfolding in such unpredictable and personal fashion almost an hour later (via the surging "Serenade"), Black Halo have staked a claim for best-ever Kamelot album -- and therefore a highly recommended album by any standards. [This version of the album includes bonus material.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/31/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
8809046083297
catalogNumber:
800649

Tracks

  1. March of Mephisto  -  Kamelot
  2. When the Lights Are Down  -  Kamelot
  3. Haunting  -  Kamelot
  4. Soul Society  -  Kamelot
  5. Interlude I Dei Gratia  -  Kamelot
  6. Abandoned  -  Kamelot
  7. This Pain  -  Kamelot
  8. Moonlight  -  Kamelot
  9. Interlude II un Assasino Molto Silenzioso  -  Kamelot
  10. Black Halo  -  Kamelot
  11. Nothing Ever Dies  -  Kamelot
  12. Memento Mori  -  Kamelot
  13. Interlude III Midnight: Twelve Tells for a New Day  -  Kamelot
  14. Serenade  -  Kamelot
  15. Epilogue  -  Kamelot
  16. Soul Society  -  Kamelot

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Kamelot   Primary Artist

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