Advantages They've made some great albums
Disadvantages The finest hours may have gone.
Thomas Youngblood - Guitars (Founding member)
Casey Grillo - Drums (Joined in 1997)
Oliver Palotai - Keyboards (Joined in 2005)
Sean Tibbetts - Bass guitar (Joined in 1991, left the following year and returned in 2009)
Kamelot are a metal band from Florida that was founded in 1991 by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner. Twenty years on the group have released nine studio albums, two live albums and worked with a huge variety of guest musicians. They are a power metal band with influences from Symphonic metal. The atmosphere of their music is very dark with consistently catchy choruses.
To many fans it is still a shock in the system. Roy Khan's voice had become a crucial part of the bands identity and made them more distinctive and had given them critical acclaim. A lot of people have only known Roy's voice as an essential part of Kamelot have already declared the group dead. He may not have been an original member, but he have a great impact on the fans. I honestly can't think of anyone who sounds just like or similar to Roy. His deep voice was smooth, but had a shaky edge. The new vocalist will be stepping in some big shoes. I'm happy to hear that he separated from the group on a high note.The first two albums didn't impress me as much because I found the songs to be generic but Mark's vocals had an eccentric tone which is an acquired taste, but I liked it. I had the impression that they where Iron Maiden clones, but their music was still farily decent. My favourite track from the Vanderbilt era is Black Tower. It's nasally and silly at best, but I thought it was very amusing. A huge contrast to Roy's vocals that are much more easier to take seriously.
What draw me into the group in 2010 was some positive reviews on their latest album, Poetry For The Poisoned, having listened and taking a liking to the album, eventually downloaded the rest of their albums. I liked the gloomy atmosphere they had, and how it didn't sound too cheesy. Another thing I liked was their medieval vibes in their music which had a fantastic effect on their album, The Black Halo, especially on the track Moonlight. I was also pretty impressed with the raw poetic style of the lyrics, which I think is perfect for music like this.
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|How does it compare to the artist's other releases||Outstanding|
|How does it rate alongside the competition||Outstanding|
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