Sound — 10
I'm the one who reviewed Th Black Halo not long ago and now, well, it's time to review Kamelot's follow up to their best album to date and, to my opinion, the best metal album to date: The Black Halo. This is Ghost Opera, a melodic/gothic/progressive metal album. On this one, Kamelot have continued the dark and gothic path that they have started with The Black Halo and, honestly, they've done a decent job of making it creepy and horrofying. Thomas' guitar work is superb and very technical, and hard to figure out in some songs like Rule The World, Up Through The Ashes and Mourning Star. The biggest aspect of the sound is in fact, the sound, the actual recording of the album is so amazing and just as impressive as The Black Halo. Their producers Sasha Paeth and Miro are just so incredibly talented in the studio department. Excellent work guys, keep up the good work.
Lyrics — 9
What's to say about the lyrics, it's standard Kamelot work. They realy bring out the emotions and frights felt in the songs. Other than that I guess I'd have to type the songs' lyrics. If I'd have to name the songs that seperate themselves from the rest they would be; "Love You To Death", which they added a female voice to really bring out love felt in the songs' "story", and second would be "Anthem" which is a really sad ballad just like the last album's "Abandonned". The most noticable aspect on the lyrical work is the, once again, amazing singing and voice work done by the the best lead singer in the metal scene(that's my opinion), Roy Khan. His singing, once again, is excellent and even thought they've put some artificial voices here and there, he still improves on the way these voices are used and even when there aren't any artificial work, his natural voice just brings the songs to life and puts you in the mood of the songs. Unbelievable.
Overall Impression — 9
When they made The Black halo, they have done such a remarkable job that they've set their standards too high to surpass it, so that may be the reason why this album isn't an improvment over the last one, but it still is a very good album and should not be missed. Fans are sure to not be dissapointed with this one. Songs that are the most impressive on this album would be in first place: the title track, Ghost Opera, very impressive; second is Eden Echo; third, Rule The world; and the rest are all equal. What I liked about this album is that they tryed to do something different from what are used to and really succeded in actualy making it good, unlike other bands. The only problem I had with it is that the songs are kinda short. I would have liked them to be a bit longer. This is defenately an album that I will make sure that I don't lose it, but should it happen some day, I would probably go buy another one and if it gets stolen, I will personaly visit everyone I know, and one by one will tie them up and force them to tell me what happened to my CD.