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Kamelot
Haven
May 2015
Released: 2015, Napalm Records
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Carla (Guest reviewer Denmark/Romania)

I think 2015 is the ‘back to basics’ year. First we had Ensiferum’s ‘One Man Army’ with a more blackish rather than a folk sound; and with ‘Manala’, Korpiklaani takes us into a mystical world, showing a clear influence of Jonne’s mantra.



Now we have the brand new Kamelot album, HAVEN and it is truly a delight. I don’t know why, but lately when I hear someone talking about Kamelot, I immediately think of GHOST OPERA. Why? I don’t know, maybe because it was something different, or because they were among the few that managed to detached themselves from their previous style, not sounding like complete idiots while trying a dress much more smaller than their size.



For those who aren’t up to date with the new Kamelot line-up, Roy Khan (vocals) was replaced in 2011 by Tommy Karevik due to some anxiety/depression issues. Without further ado, the new album is a return to THE BLACK HALO era, a powerful yet lean masterpiece, where Karevik is following the footsteps of its predecessor. The entire album has a ‘feeling-good’ vibe, energetic solos and an uplifting voice.



“Fallen Star” – a perfect preview of what is ahead. Few keyboard notes accompanied by Karevik’s soft voice, followed by an uplifting crescendo. “Insomnia” – the track that recently has a video. I bet most of you listened to it already, but for those who didn’t I have 2 words to describe it – amazing chorus. “Veil of Elysium” is my personal favorite. It has a strong opening, a classic fast paced Kamelot song alongside soaring vocals (yes, I will say this this a lot, I am in love with Karevik’s voice and with the entire album composition). The 5th song is a superb ballad with Chalotte Wessels from Delain, “Under Grey Skies”. The lyrics are a combination of sadness, passion, and empathy, worship, misery, hope... one word: masterpiece. An interesting track is “Liar, Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)” that features Alissa White-Gluz. It perfectly alternates a slow rhythm with a fast-paced guitar, and hard-hitting drums.



To sum it up, HAVEN is a masterpiece, a must have for any Kamelot fan, or any progressive/ symphonic power metal fan. Tommy Karevik, you have my admiration, Kamelot never sounded better, your deep voice adds fuel to an already ignited barrel, and this composition is just brilliantly magnificent. HAVEN will definitely keep fans more than satisfied.
Track Listing

Fallen Star
Insomnia
Citizen Zero
Veil of Elysium
Under Grey Skies
My Therapy
Ecclesia
End of Innocence
Beautiful Apocalypse
Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)
Here's To The Fall
Revolution
Haven

EXCLUSIVE BONUS CD Track List:
Available only with the LTD Mediabook and Deluxe Earbook!

End Of Innocence Piano Version
Veil of Elysium Acoustic Version
Fallen Star Orchestral Version
Here's To The Fall Orchestral Version
My Therapy Orchestral Version
Fallen Star Instrumental
Insomnia Instrumental
Citizen Zero Instrumental
Veil of Elysium Instrumental
Under Grey Skies Instrumental
My Therapy Instrumental
End of Innocence Instrumental
Beautiful Apocalypse Instrumental
Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) Instrumental
Revolution Instrumental

Lineup

Oliver Palotai Keyboards
Casey Grillo Drums
Thomas Youngblood Guitars
Sean Tibbetts Bass
Tommy Karevik Vocals


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