Kamelot – Haven (2015)


As one of the most anticipated releases of 2015, today we have Kamelot and their 11th full-length release “Haven”. Featuring a more explosive and theatrical sound, the band delivers around 54 minutes of brilliant music that shows a very well integrated Tommy Karevik with the rest of the band, making their music more cohesive and extra melancholic.

In a very lively and dynamic opening, “Fallen Star” sets a very emotional mood for this release. As the first super catchy song of this release appears with “Insomnia”, featuring a great chorus section, it is very evident that Karevik is now perfectly integrated into the dramatic atmospheric keyboards and the playful guitar works of Thomas Youngblood. Moving into more lush and symphonic territories, “Citizen Zero” features a very Symphonic Metal-centric approach with excellent vocal arrangements and modern sounding guitars.

Featuring Charlotte Wessels in the beautiful duet “Under Grey Skies”, the band does a great job in switching things around and showcasing their great range when it comes to composing different styles of songs, a thing that is very clear from the different tempos and moods of tracks like “My Therapy”, “Beautiful Apocalypse” and “Ecclesia”. Things get heavier with the crushing “Liar Liar”, featuring Alissa White-Gluz handling the harsh vocals. This collaboration has worked very well for the band in the past, and this excellent track is not an exception. The drumming gets a bit more hectic and very powerful in this track.

Just before putting the album to bed, Kamelot delivers another heavy track with “Revolution”. While having a very bombastic Nightwish-esque vibe, the band’s signature sound instantly bursts through and makes up for one of the best songs in this release, growls and all. Letting us go with a symphonic closing piece with “Heaven”, the band has successfully managed to exceed our expectations and will surely please all of their demanding fans with this excellent release. Firing in all cylinders, the band manages to deliver one of the most diverse and well-crafted releases of 2015, so don’t forget to pick up your copy of this little gem.

Band: Kamelot Album: Haven

Label: Napalm Records

Release: May 4th, 2015

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Genre: Progressive/Melodic Power Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 92/100

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