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KAMELOT - Karma - CD - Noise Records

review by: Jez Andrews

Ah, Kamelot. As power metal bands go, you could do a lot worse. Right from the opening blast of 'Forever', this one is both catchy and well executed. The musicianship and production (courtesy of Rhapsody producers Sascha Paeth and Miro) are damn near flawless. That said, there is something about Karma that just fails to hit the spot. Despite some nice heavy riffing, Kamelot somehow don't pack the kind of punch found in the music of Rhapsody, Iced Earth, or Nightwish. This, I suspect, has a lot to do with the sickly romantic overtones throughout the album. Vocalist Khan should honestly have left the likes of "Don't You Cry" and "Temples of Gold" for serenading his lady love. But it's the French translation of 'Don't You Cry' on track 13 that just takes the fucking biscuit. I feel my stomach turn just thinking about it.

Karma still has its charms though. "Wings of Despair" and the title track provide the album with some of its stronger moments, and the song arrangements throughout can't really be faulted. It's a mixed bag with its heart in the right place, but fiery, punchy power metal it certainly ain't.

 

 

 

ISSUE 6
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-D)  (D-I)  (I-L)  (L-R)  (R-T)  (V-W)

ANDROMEDA
Extension of th

APHEX TWIN
Drukgs

BENEDICTION
Organized Chaos

CHAOS AS SHELTE...
Midnight Prayer

DARK FORTRESS
Tales from Eter

DARK FUNERAL
Diabolis Interi

DARKTHRONE
Plague Wielder

DEATH
Live in L.A.

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