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Siege Perilous

Kamelot - Siege Perilous ©1998 F.A.D.
1. Providence
2. Millennium
3. King's Eyes
4. Expedition
5. Where I Reign
6. Parting Visions
7. Once A Dream
8. Rhydin
9. Irea
10. Siege

Sounding distinctly like Queensryche or Heir Apparent bitten by the current power metal bug, Kamelot is one of those bands who will definitely appeal to anyone into the above groups/genre, but not necesarily appealing to anyone outside of those paradigms. Singer Khan has mastered a strong upper register voice that is often reminiscent of Geoff Tate. His voice is easily the centerpiece of the band's work, which is slick, polished and very grand. At times sounding like a mean, tougher Queensryche, there are also faster moments such as "Millennium" that nod a head to the world of Stratovarius and Blind Guardian. Keyboards are used extensively throughout, but in a way that enhances the music, rather than hindering it. Parts of the album do tend to bog down a bit, though. At the end of the day, fans of any of the reference point bands will find Kamelot to be a nice addition to their collections, but I don't think too many crossover fans from other realms of metal will care for this. I guess that is the hazard of playing the style at hand.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 11/1998

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The Fourth Legacy

Kamelot - The Fourth Legacy ©1999 Noise
1. New Allegiance
2. The Fourth Legacy
3. Silent Goddess
4. Desert Reign
5. Nights Of Arabia
6. The Shadow Of Uther
7. A Sailorman's Hymn
8. Alexandria
9. The Inquisitor
10. Glory
11. Until Kingdom Come
12. Lunar Sanctum

With the release of this CD Kamelot come fully into the cathedral of progressive power metal. This disc fairly kicks the door in and demands admittance. Roy Khan renews his signature vocals that captivated fans of Conception for years. "Lunar Sanctum" sounds much like "Virtual Love Story" from Conception's Flow disc simply due to Khan's singing style. His voice is hailed as one of the best in power metal today, and I quite heartily agree. His influence is all over the place on this disc, with hints of Conception's Flow and In Your Multitude being very present in the songs presented here.

From the opening notes, you know this is going to be a different disc for Kamelot. The neo-classical style may not be new for them, but to be played to the hilt as it is on this CD is certainly breaking new ground. The style is a mish-mash of progressive metal and power metal that works well given the deliverance of Khan's warm voice. At times bombastic and overblown, at times melodic and introspective, the disc is full of variety. Double-bass runs, time changes, melody changes, dueling guitars and keys, the end result is a disc that is an enjoyable listen start to finish. The sound is almost middle-eastern at times, and certainly medieval where they wish to convey that atmosphere. Any fan of Conception needs to buy this disc and any fan of progressive metal or power metal needs to buy this disc.

Review by Matthew Braymiller

Review date: 06/2000

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Kamelot - Karma ©2001 Noise/Sanctuary
1. Regalis Apertura
2. Forever
3. Wings Of Despair
4. The Spell
5. Don't You Cry
6. Karma
7. The Light Shine On You
8. Temples Of Gold
9. Across The Highlands
10. I. Mirror Mirror
11. Ii. Requiem For The Innocent
12. Iii. Fall From Grace

Though it's been awhile since I've checked in a the Kamelot estate, it would seem the band has undergone some changes from their earlier releases, creating a classy sort of epic prog/power hybrid with the main emphasis on slick songwriting. Kamelot is still one of those bands within this subgenre who have the tendency to remind the listener of many other bands at once (ranging from Queensryche to Stratovarius, among others) and while this may alienate those who prefer fresher sounding bands, Kamelot is still able to pull off a decent album without sounding like a clone of anyone else. The songwriting ranges from slower, balladry to speed metal runs with a very classy sheen overcoating all the music. Singer Khan possesses a very smooth, melodic voice and the sense to not upset household pets by singing in ultrasonic tones. That right there is enough to garner bonus points in my book. The music is varied quite well throughout, with enough variation in approaches to create a wide landscape of sound that doesn't tire the listener out by the third track. On a whole, Karma is definitely recommended for hardcore fans of the power/prog world and is good enough that those who are mildly interested in the style might consider checking them out as well.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/2001

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