Kamelot – Where I Reign: The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003

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Reviewed: September 2016
Released: 2016, Noise/BMG
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Robert Williams

BMG purchased Noise Records holding company Sanctuary Records from Universal Music in 2013 and plans to re-launch Noise Records in 2016. The label has planned a full-scale campaign featuring “Best-Ofs” of select Noise bands, along with reissuing classic titles from Celtic Frost, Coroner, Helloween, Kreator, Running Wild, Tankard, Voivod, and more, featuring expanded liner notes, rare bonus material, and a fresh mastering job.

On the Kamelot best of WHERE I REIGN The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003 we get such early classics as “The Gleeman” and the title track from the band’s debut offering “Eternity” plus “Rise Again” from “Dominion” “Rhydin” and “Where I Reign” taken from the “Siége Perilous” record, “Until Kingdom Come” and the title track of “The Fourth Legacy” “Wings Of Despair” and the title track of “Karma” right up to “The Edge Of Paradise” and “III Ways To Epica” from the “Epica” album.

There is a deluxe sixteen page booklet chock full of classic band photos and lengthy liner notes courtesy of Kylie Olson. Though this compilation only covers the first eight years of the band’s existence (and five full length releases follow where this best of leaves off) this is the band’s first proper “best of” release (Perhaps SPV or Napalm should release a best of that covers the later years?) and should serve as an excellent introduction to Kamelot’s unique sound. I would recommend this release to all power metal fans and collectors.


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Track Listing:
1. Eternity
2. The Gleeman
3. Rise Again
4. Where I Reign
5. Rhydin
6. The Fourth Legacy
7. Until Kingdom Come
8. We Are Not Separate
9. Wings Of Despair
10. Karma
11. The Edge Of Paradise
12. III Ways To Epica

Thomas Youngblood – Guitar
Roy Khan – Vocals
Mark Vanderbilt – Vocals
Glenn Barry – Bass
David Pavlicko – Keyboards
Mats Olausson – Keyboards
Richard Warner – Drums
Casey Grillo – Drums