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Darker than previous endeavors, the 11-track GHOST OPERA finds the American power metal quintet Kamelot trudging through the bleaker side of the metallic genre a la Nevermore and Queensryche on cuts like "The Human Stain". Adding in some Eastern instrumentation to accentuate the collection's overall moodiness, this well-balanced mix demonstrates each player's strengths sans the genre's customary hot-dog solos or pompous flash on songs like "Up Through The Ashes" and "Rule The World". By keeping the vocals at a low register, the keyboards leading and symphonic, and the guitars tasteful yet effective, Kamelot provides an interesting interpretation of rousing yet decisively murkier progressive power metal that would fit alongside Katatonia as well as it would Iced Earth or Fates Warning.
- Mike SOS