Metal. When you listen to the word metal, what comes to your mind?
Mindless screaming? Heavy beats? Demoralizing?
Because of your stereotyping you have feared what you do not know.
True, there are metal bands like SOAD or Avenged Sevenfold (famous ones) who screams mindlessly in their songs, and captivated a lot of hardcore music lovers. People often give me a stern look when I say I am into metal. Lemme share a secret with you:
My heart is soft. :P
And I enjoy songs which would have real musical values and deep meaning in it.
Now moving on, I would like to introduce the #1 metal band I love - Kamelot.
Different from your normal stereotypical metal band, Kamelot is a band where the beauty of music and opera are appreciated. None of the death-screaming-chorus shit is there, although it has quite the beats.
Silverthorn; what surprised me from their previous two albums, Ghost Opera and Poetry Of The Poisoned, actually poses a style familiar to their older fans, back in the days of Karma and Epica.
Even though Roy Khan left the band (which devastated most of the fans if not all), Tommy Karevik did a splendid job. You will hear almost no difference of their songs, as Kamelot continues to live on and yet to meet their Mordred.
Here is the listing of songs in Silverthorn:
01. Manus Dei
02. Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife)
03. Ashes To Ashes
05. Song For Jolee
07. My Confession
09. Falling Like The Fahrenheit
11. Prodigal Son
Part I: Funerale
Part II: Burden Of Shame
Part III: The Journey
Silverthorn is Kamelot's third 'concept' album, in which it portrays a story of a young girl Jolee who died in the hands of her own twin brother. The whole album was about the tragedy, until the part where everyone moves on.
My favourite tracks are Sacrimony, Song For Jolee, Veritas, My Confession, Solitaire, Prodigal Son. These tracks are just so amazing and very Kamelot-like. While other tracks are also good, but these are the tracks I would replay and replay in a single loop.
Especially for Prodigal Son, which has three parts: which reminds me of their previous part-songs Elizabeth and Poetry of The Poisoned. I mostly favored part II and III.
"How could this happen, oh what have we done?"
If you're totally not into heavy beats, I recommend you to listen to track #5 (Song For Jolee). It is a slow song which takes me off into calm mode whenever I needed a break from repetitive drum strokes.
"One look in the mirror to see, what's real and fake, Jolee."
And my top personal favourite is My Confession (which I believe to be the climax of the album). The verse is beautifully written, the chorus' note is beautifully hit and the fanboi inside me bursted out when this song is played.
"I pray for salvation and peace for ages."
Kamelot has really gone well, even without Roy as their lead vocalist. And I'd give this album a solid 9/10.