Kamelot - Karma
America's leading power metal virtuosos Kamelot seem to be one of the rare bands out there who continually bring us metal lovers a new album every year. But that doesn't at all affect the quality 'cause Karma is even better than their previous release Fourth Legacy. The Norwegian vocalist Khan has fully grown into the sound of the band and the tracks are both of rapid and a bit slower character including two ballads. The Arabic influences that were present on Fourth Legacy also appear on Karma and are nicely orchestrated.
The production by Sascha Paeth and Miro (who also play keyboards and additional guitars) gets the highest of all marks and is as perfect as it can get. However, I don't really approve of the fact that there are not one but two ballads on the album.
One had been more than enough and as you have noticed by now the presence of these non-metal degenerated music arrangements usually put me in bad mood when it comes to chalice distribution. There are of course some real killer songs that I like on the album as well. The ones I especially love are Forever, Wings of Despair, the title track itself, Across the Highlands and the final part of the trilogy Elizabeth, that is, Fall from Grace.
So it's about time to wrap up this review with some catchy final words. I really like it when a band makes a song that's based on some true story, ancient legend or something like that. The final track, Elizabeth, is based on some very cruel and bloody acts performed by a Dutch countess back in the middle of the sixteenth century and this fact kind of makes up for the two ballads. But not so much that the grade shoots through the roof.
With a more true metal release next time Kamelot will
begin to climb on my personal list but until then they have to settle
for a bit lower mark.