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Released: 2012, Steamhammer Records
Kamelot fans were shocked when extraordinary vocalist Roy Khan suddenly left the band followed the release of 2010’s lukewarmly received POETRY FOR THE POISONED (I thought it was a great, if sombre, album). Khan’s distinct vocals had been a focal point in the band’s music for 12 years, so it was difficult to imagine another singer stepping into his shoes. After taking time away to lick their wounds a bit, mastermind Thom Youngblood found a hungry new frontman in Swedish-born Tommy Karevik. However, Khan’s vocals were not the problem that fans had with the band’s previous album; it was the song writing which had drifted quite far from the band’s power metal roots…enter new album, SILVERTHORN.
From the second he opens his mouth to sing on “Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)”, it’s clear that Karevik fits Kamelot like a glove. To the untrained ear, you can barely tell the difference from Roy Khan…I honestly didn’t think it would be possible, but the band found a guy that is every bit the vocalist Khan was and, having seen the band live this year, I can attest to his vocal strength and charisma. So, the first, and biggest, hurdle in the band’s return is easily cleared. But what about the music?
Well, one listen to advance single “Sacrimony” proves, to me anyway, that the band is invigorated and refreshed. There is a drive and energy to the song that was not present in either POETRY or GHOST OPERA. I’ve been playing it just about daily since I bought the album. Other songs continue down the chugging, mid-paced path of the last couple of albums, but fans who enjoy Kamelot’s fast music will find much to enjoy in tracks like “Solitaire” and “My Confession”. All told, this is the most complete and enjoyable Kamelot album, and easily in their top 3 releases ever. No question, SILVERTHORN will be in my Top 10 of 2012.
1. Manus Dei
2. Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)
3. Ashes to Ashes
5. Song for Jolee
7. My Confession
9. Falling Like the Fahrenheit
11. Prodigal Son
Tommy Karevik: Vocals
Thomas Youngblood: Guitar
Oliver Palotai: Keyboards
Sean Tibbetts: Bass
Casey Grillo: Drums
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