Kamelot – Where I Reign (Symphonic/Prog Metal album review)

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Kamelot – Where I Reign – The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003

Noise/BMG Records has released Kamelot’s “Where I Reign” The Very Best Of The Noise Years 1995-2003, which showcases the band’s evolution from their very first album “Eternity” to 2003’s finest release “Epica”, and it’s an awesome trip back in time.

This compilation of some of Kamelot’s best songs are featured here, and shows just how diverse this band was during its formative years. Especially with their second singer Roy Khan, who gave the band a more vocally and lyrically diverse edge. Khan’s soaring vocal passages definitely brought out the best in Kamelot’s symphonic arrangements.

Musically, guitarist and one of the founding members Thomas Youngblood kept the band’s music very accessible to fans of progressive metal and heavy metal. It’s not hard to hear the growth in the band’s overall musicianship, but

Thomas Youngblood‘s guitar playing progressed by leaps and bounds; all the while the synth arrangements and the tight rhythm section just kept on getting better with each release.

Memorable tracks like “The Edge Of Paradise”, “Rise Again”, “Karma” and “The Fourth Legacy” are truly show stoppers. These songs feature everything a fan of progressive heavy metal would love about Kamelot’s unique style and bold direction taken on their albums from this time period.

This Kamelot Best Of CD is highly recommended with its informative liner notes, artwork of albums represented, and a color band photo from that time make this a very good release.

Don’t be surprised if you start to sing-a-long to all of the songs here, as they’re very contagious… Simply put: very awesome.   Noise/BMG   Sarjoo Devani

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