Kamelot - Epica review
02. Center Of The Universe
04. Interlude I (Opiate Soul)
05. The Edge Of Paradise
07. Interlude II (Omen)
08. Descent Of The Archangel
09. Interlude III (At The Banquet)
10. A Feast For The Vain
11. On The Coldest Winter Night
12. Lost & Damned
13. Helena's Theme
14. Interlude IV (Dawn)
15. The Mourning After
16. III Ways To Epica
17. Like The Shadows [Japanese bonus]
18. Snow [Limited Enhanced Digipack bonus]
Like the title suggests, the new Kamelot album is very epic - probably more than any other album I've heard, more orchestrated, more dramatic. And it totally destroys the entire Kamelot catalogue, taken together! I'm dead serious here - the previous Kamelot albums were great, but hardly any match for the glowing brilliance of Epica. It's a conceptual album with 10 songs and 6 interludes, which help to create the atmosphere [and definitely succeed in it!]. These interludes are also the only chance for you to catch your breath, because ALL 10 songs on Epica are absolute mindblowing masterpieces with no single flaw. NEVER I've heard an album with all songs so equally brilliant and powerful, which capture you and don't let go until the end.
The lyrical concept of the album is quite complicated and loosely based on Faust by J.W. Von Goethe. The story revolves around three main characters - Ariel, who sets out on a journey to find the ultimate truth, Helena, his beloved, and Mephisto, devil disguised as a beautiful woman who tries to seduce Ariel.
The limited edition of Epica also contains a bonus track, Snow, which is just as perfect as any other song on the album, but doesn't quite fit the concept, which explains why it was left out.
It's always nice to hear an album with so much quality in it - I would've give it 11 of 10 if I could, and I never even was a big Kamelot fan. THE perfect album.
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