Kamelot - Eternity (Noise) 1995
1. "Eternity" (5:42)
Searched the web a bit to find some reviews on this disc, and the few I found were all negative. Many were complaining about the vocals. I wil admit that Mark Vanderbilt does some strange things with this voice, and especially with the way he ennunciates certain words, but overall this is a strong power metal CD. There is plenty of emotions, variety and attitude on this disc to keep any heavy metal fan happy. From the sweeping melody of "What About Me" to the all out assault of "Warbird" and "Eternity", Kamelot offers a world of true metal that was all but forgotten in the mid-90's.
Kamelot - Dominion (Noise) 1997
Before there was the wonderful voice of Roy Khan, Kamelot already existed and were already a band to be reckoned with! I found it odd, when I brought up this band on a power metal board that many fans of Kamelot didnt' care for these earlier discs. I will admit that Roy Khan is one hell of a singer, but that doesn't mean that Kamelot did not put out some great power metal before him. "Dominion" prooves they did. The riffs are pretty darn awesome. Check out, the opening to" We Are Not Separate" and see if it doesn't leave your jaw hanging. The keyboards are a bit more technical, and perhaps more pominent in this album than in any other Kamelot album that I have heard, but they are certainly not overbearing, or corny. The lyrics are not the usual dungeons, dragons and wizards, which is actually quite refreshing as I tire of those themes. The vocals are a mixture of something from the Geoff Tate school of singing and Dirk Thurisch, from Angel Dust. The production is outstanding, being oroduced and engineered by Jim Morris at the infamous Morrisound Studios. I honely can't see why anyone into this type of majestic power metal would not like this disc, especially if you are already a fan of Kamelot.
Kamelot-The Fourth Legacy (Noise) 1999
1. "New Allegiance"
Yet another excellent progressive power metal release. Tempo changes, melody changes, double-bass runs, intricate triplets, dueling guitars and keyboards, killer production, great guitar tone and pummelling bass all mix to make 'The Fourth Legacy' one of the finest metal albums ever. Ex-Conception Roy Khan's smooth, verbrato heavy vocals are dowright captivating and really bring the disc to life. Kamelot know how to write catchy song. My problem with some progressive bands is that they tend to write a good riff, only to play it for seconds and never return to it again. While the progressive elements are quite prevalent, Kamelot aren't afraid to repeat a riff, making their style more a mish-mash of progressive metal and power metal.