ALBUM: Kamelot – “Haven”
LABEL: Napalm Records
GENRE: Progressive/Melodic Power Metal
RATING: 8.5 / 10
Kamelot is one of approximately four power metal bands that I have kept my interest in during the last ten years (Kamelot, Falconer, Vanishing Point, Dream Evil). With the last album they changed the face and voice of the band, and Swede Tommy Karevik did a great job at taking over the mic. Maybe because he almost sounded exactly like his predecessor or maybe because the songs themselves were so good that there was no use complaining at all.
Anyway, now these Americans/Germans/Swedes are back again, and the formula hasn’t changed much. The lineup is the same, Sascha Paeth is still behind the mixing table (without Miro this time though), the artwork is again done by Stefan Heilemann. One new name this time around is Jacob Hansen, who has done the mastering. Of course, he’s only new to Kamelot; the list of bands he has been part of and/or produced is really impressive.
The gang has a real knack for writing catchy power/heavy metal songs, but historically there are some snores on every album, and “Haven” is not an exception. However, the songs that are good are great, and if you like their previous releases there’s no doubt you will like “Haven” too.
Review by: MJ