Kamelot – The Shadow Theory (2018)
Kamelot – The Shadow Theory is the twelfth studio album by the American power metal band Kamelot. The album is produced by Sascha Paeth and was released on April 6, 2018. Guests on the album include Lauren Hart (Once Human) and Jennifer Haben (Beyond the Black). It is the first studio album to feature Johan Nunez, replacing longtime member Casey Grillo on drums, who had departed from the band on February 5, 2018, to pursue other musical and touring opportunities and to focus on his drumhead company.
Kamelot is back with a new full-length, entitled “The Shadow Theory”. This is a concept that cites Jung and aims to represent a sort of psychological journey in the complexity of the human mind: a rather ambitious intent, with themes that are difficult to accompany musically, which therefore represents a remarkable compositional effort. Moreover, it must be said that the band was back from an album like “Haven” a bit ‘fluctuating and in this regard, in part, the writer distances himself personally from the enthusiastic review published in his time on these pages and that did not represent one of the peaks of his discography as inspiration, although there were certainly included some excellent songs.
The Shadow Theory’s sound continues to incorporate symphonic and gothic elements with guest vocalists Lauren Hart and Jennifer Haben having quite a presence across the 13 tracks here. Along with an award-winning production team in Sascha Paeth (Avantasia) and Jacob Hansen, “The Shadow Theory” continues Kamelot’s superior standard in writing highly classy material exemplifying the elite standards of founder guitarist Thomas Youngblood! Opening in classic form comes the bombastic ‘Phantom Divine’ with its double bass drumming and wailing twin vocals from Tommy Karevik and Lauren Hart, naturally resplendent with instantly catchy melodies and a flowing orchestral.
All in all, The Shadow Theory is business as usual for Kamelot, as this is an epic new release of killer melodic power metal brilliance. Kamelot is a band with incredible talent, feeling, and emotion. This album is no different and will definitely end up getting extreme amounts of play-time on my system. The artwork included, and everything you get with it does not skimp on quality as the most typical mainstream releases do.
The bonus disc contains an instrumental version of 6 tracks, and then includes the bonus vocal track “The Last Day Of Sunlight.” Every single Kamelot release has always featured incredibly detailed and beautiful artwork, graphic design and photography, and The Shadow Theory is no exception. The beautifully packaged CDs come in a triple gatefold digipak with a 24-page lyric booklet. This also comes in media book edition with hardcover, same as they did with Haven and then the limited larger 44 pages, beautifully illustrated 2 CD earbook.
Album: The Shadow Theory
Released: April 6, 2018
Label: Napalm Records
Producer: Sascha Paeth, Kamelot
Genre: Progressive, Symphonic, Power Metal
Website: Official Website
Discs: 2 discs
Reviewed by: Carl Collins
Our Rating: 3.6 /5
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