Genuine talent is beyond criticism, whatever it is. Kamelot is one of those cases, simply because there is Roy Khan in it. Full stop. Once you´ll hear his vocals, you won´t have any doubts left. The capacity and ability of this man´s vocal expression is beyond all the English adjectives I know. It´s sentimental and extremely powerful at the same time, heavy progressive and gently caressing, and sung with so much passion and feeling, so that the content is not even so significant after all.
Since “The Black Halo” was near to perfection, it is hard to make comparisons now with the “Ghost Opera”, which technically is less diverse and colorful. The band has obviously fallen for the trend of symphonic elements (especially violin in their case) in metal music, although lyrics-wise you will recognize Kamelot at once, luckily no changes here. Especially “The Human Stain” sticks out, in my opinion is the strongest piece of the entire album, surprisingly, because even the title song “Ghost Opera” is not as moving. The band has also chosen “The Human Stain” as the new song they highlighted on their tour, therefore pay good attention to it.
Otherwise a new album, 11 brand new tracks from a band that deserves to be a classic by now, there is no reason why you should not not buy this CD, so hurry up for your limited edition version (with bonus DVD!).
Marina Sidyakina, transl: K. Weber
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