KAMELOT – Silverthorn

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An important album for Kamelot as with the departure of the band’s previous vocalist Khan, his replacement would have big shoes to fill. Luckily the band have chosen wisely in Tommy Karevik, formerly of Seventh Wonder. ‘Silverthorn’ is also possibly the band’s most instant and commercial release to date which can only add to the band’s already large fanbase.

The album tells the story of a sister who dies at the hands of her two brothers and this secret she takes with her to the grave and beyond. The music is suitably bombastic and gothic as you’d expect, none more so than on the epic ‘Prodigal Son’ which allows Tommy Karevik to show his vocals off. There are heavier moments in the mix including ‘Sacrimony’ which features some growl vocals.

‘Song For Jolie’ is the sort of emotional ballad the previous vocalist Khan really came into his own and I am pleased to report so does Tommy Karevik. The music and vocals swoop nicely into each other. ‘Veritas’ has a slight Celtic air to it, something a little different for the band. The important role of Sascha Paeth mustn’t be overlooked either, as he is involved in the writing, producing and plays guitars throughout the album.

Kamelot needed to come out with a strong album after the departure of Khan and they have done that. I’d be very surprised if this album didn’t end up on  many people’s ‘best of’ lists for 2012. Melodic and symphonic metal at its best.

****1/2

Jason Ritchie


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