Sometimes you have to know when to stop giving bands a chance. Kamelot is a band that has very skilled musicians and really should be a band that I like a lot. For those reasons, I overlooked my relative disappointment with their last release “Silverthorn” and picked up “Haven.”
“Silverthorn” was the debut of new singer Tommy Karevik of Seventh Wonder. He replaced long time singer Roy Khan who I had just started to like. On “Silverthorn,” Karevik sang remarkably like Khan. I suppose he was told to. Unfortunately, he did a shitty impersonation. On “Haven,” the impersonation remains but not quite as obvious.
Musically, “Haven” has no mind-blowing moments. It’s really more of the same symphonic power metal that Kamelot have been playing for years. I really thought “Poetry for the Poisoned” was a step in the right direction. It was darker and moodier. “Haven” really isn’t.
The other problem I have is that Kamelot rely a lot on guest musicians. That is a really annoying habit of many bands. I don’t mind a guest now and then but this band have guests that are basically IN the band. Alissa White-Gluz is one of them and she is the flavor of the month in metal. She has an average voice at best and really doesn’t add anything to the songs she is on.
Power metal is the toughest metal genre in some ways. You walk the finest of lines between being excellent or sounding totally cheesy. The music is good from time to time but the lyrics and vocals leave much to be desired. Kamelot have veered off that line into a cheese covered ditch. Fans of over the top crap will enjoy “Haven.” If you prefer an album to have some substance and less stupidity look elsewhere.
Kamelot, I think we’re done.
1. Fallen Star
3. Citizen Zero
4. Veil of Elysium
5. Under Grey Skies
6. My Therapy
8. End of Innocence
9. Beautiful Apocalypse
10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)
11. Here’s To The Fall
Label: Napalm Records