ARTIST:

KAMELOT

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE SHADOW THEORY

(2018)
LABEL:

NAPALM RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC METAL

TAGS:
Concept-album, Epic, Intimist, Melancholic
""The Shadow Theory" is a brilliant record. Kamelot manages to renew himself while keeping his personality intact."
NOISE (11.04.2018)  
5/5
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Kamelot's new life is a complete success. Thomas Youngblood's band was able to make Roy Khan forget him and even managed to gain popularity, especially in his country with successful tours. Tommy Karevik's contribution was fundamental and one feels that "Heaven" was only a step towards something even stronger.

For "The Shadow Theory", Kamelot proposes a concept around the shadow theory. It speaks of what the human being represses in his unconscious for fear of rejection by the community. In doing so, the band takes up a theme that is dear to their heart: human destiny, giving it a little dark and gothic side that has been present since 'Karma'. The Kamelot style can be found in all its splendour but this time the band has taken care to offer some evolutions and has some strong singles, something that was missing on 'Heaven'. 

Thanks to the short and direct formats carried by Tommy's perfect voice, 'Kevlar Sin', 'Vespertine' and 'Stories Unheard' are successes with a mix of melody, power and soli, and the heavy touches are confirmed on 'Mindfall Remedy' and 'Phantom Divine', which Lauren Hart accompanies with her growls. It works perfectly, Tommy is always in the spotlight but Thomas's guitar takes pride of place on many occasions. All this is of course linked to an always perfect melodic sense and very neat choruses.

There's also a touch of electro on 'RavenLight' and 'Amnesiac'. The first one also features some thorough and progressive solos, while the second one confirms that Kamelot likes dynamic tracks. 'Burns To Embrace' reveals folksy and symphonic aspects and ends with an angelic child's voice that counterbalances the darker side. 'The Proud And The Broken', a complex track, is the centrepiece. Between symphonic, heavy and piano break, it gathers all the musical qualities of Kamelot. Finally the ballad is there and the duet between Tommy and Jennifer Haben is a success full of emotion.

"The Shadow Theory" is a brilliant record. Kamelot manages to renew himself while keeping his personality intact. It's a perfect summary of the best he can offer and confirms all the hopes that were placed in him.


More informations on http://www.kamelot.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. The Mission
02. Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)
03. RavenLight
04. Amnesiac
05. Burns To Embrace
06. In Twilight Hours
07. Kevlar Skin
08. Static
09. MindFall Remedy
10. Stories Unheard
11. Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)
12. The Proud and The Broken
13. Ministrium (Shadow Key)

LINEUP:
Johan Nunez: Batterie
Oliver Palotai: Claviers
Sean Tibbetts: Basse
Thomas Youngblood: Guitares
Tommy Karevik: Chant
   
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