20 Songs, 1 Hour 24 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Symphonic metal troupe Kamelot have always had a flair for high drama, and this fantastical concept album is no exception. “The Mission” opens The Shadow Theory with a sweeping orchestral intro before segueing into the theatrical passion play of “Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire).” “RavenLight” boasts flurries of harmonic squeals and a space-age synth-guitar solo as vocalist Tommy Karevik delivers a lofty, operatic performance. Later, Beyond the Black chanteuse Jennifer Haben joins Karevik for an elegant duet on the piano-driven ballad “In Twilight Hours.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Symphonic metal troupe Kamelot have always had a flair for high drama, and this fantastical concept album is no exception. “The Mission” opens The Shadow Theory with a sweeping orchestral intro before segueing into the theatrical passion play of “Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire).” “RavenLight” boasts flurries of harmonic squeals and a space-age synth-guitar solo as vocalist Tommy Karevik delivers a lofty, operatic performance. Later, Beyond the Black chanteuse Jennifer Haben joins Karevik for an elegant duet on the piano-driven ballad “In Twilight Hours.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Valia Corsi ,

Finally!

After the departure of Roy Khan, all fans of Kamelot were shaken to their cores. Normally when a band loses a vocalist that is so essential to their sound their later albums will never be nearly as good. Tommy has some serious skill, but following Silverthorn and Haven it was apparent he wasn't fully in tuned with the band and its sound, nor was the band itself in tuned with Tommy's distinct melodic sound. Don't get me wrong, Silverthorn and Haven were good but not great or phenomenal. But The Shadow Theory is a whole new dimension to explore. This album, Tommy SHINES in, this was the album that finally reached equilibrium. Each and every song is unique and amazing, Kevlar skin is dark and focuses on the amazing guitar riffs where as Mindfall The Proud and The Broken focuses on those wonderful sounds from Oliver's keyboard. In Twilight Hours brings back memories of Abandoned and is so well done that it's on par with it's The Black Halo counterpart! The Phantom Divine and Burns to Embrace sound futuristic and mystifying you would want to hear it again and again! Honestly, RavenLight is their worst song on this album and it's still good, and I am not kidding. This album is something else! Finally, Tommy has found his place in Kamelot! Well done!

Codee-Odee ,

Good, but not great

If this album had been the follow-up to Silverthorn, it would’ve been excellent. As a follow-up to Haven, though, it doesn’t feel as strong. None of it is bad, the entire album is enjoyable to listen to, but none of the songs stand out and catch attention the way several songs on Haven did. Many of the songs were a little too similar to one another. Again, it’s absolutely a good album and 100% worth buying, but it doesn’t hold up as powerfully as Haven did.

Semibulletproof ,

The Album that Made Me a Fan

I’ve known about Kamelot for a long time, and I’ve always known they were good, but for whatever reason I never really got into their music. I saw this album and decided to give the whole thing a listen, and I’m hooked. This band now makes my top 3 list for favorite Power Metal bands, right alongside Blind Guardian and Powerwolf.

Every single song is excellent, but if I had to pick my favorites, it would have to be RavenLight and MindFall Remedy. I’ll be seeing these guys live in September with Battle Beast, and words can not express how hyped I am.

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