The older, more Metallic, KAMELOT albums such as “The Fourth Legacy” or "Karma“ are higher on my list than their newer releases, but still I more than just like the latest shiny disc of the American/Norwegian band. Why? I thought their previous effort "The Black Halo" was a bit overloaded, too much bombast, too many ballads, I was missing some more Metal!
Sure, KAMELOT couldn't care less, because it was said album that brought them the breakthrough, but I never really found my way into "The Black Halo", just don't ask me why. It is as much more surprising that "Ghost Opera" really grabs me by the balls. It continues exactly, where their success album had left off, so it stays within the style, but is just better, more exciting and more mature. It is still bombastic, theatrical and gripping, no doubt! It is hard to believe which magical melodies the guys unleash here, the arrangements, the orchestral oarts, the female backing vocals - breathtaking! And they keep this dizzying high level over the course of the whole album.
There are no fillers or ho-hum stuff, everything is top notch material. The production of Sascha Paeth is really big and has this widescreen feeling to it, you have to consider him the sixth band member, because only he really knows absolutely how KAMELOT have to sound. Now the question is, how close to their own perfection KAMELOT are. I don't want to exalt any particular songs, but if you'd like to check out some tracks, take the grandiose "Up Through The Ashes“ and the brilliant "Mourning Star“. Should be enough!
(Online May 12, 2007)