Sound — 9
Kamelot is one of the Top 3 bands in symphonic metal, right up there with Nightwish and Epica. In the middle of the 2000's they turned away from their power metal roots in favour of a more symphonic and modern sound, this album is no exception.
The songs are written in a style quite similar to "The Black Halo" on many tracks and the production is great. The song "My Confession" has more reliance on symphonics and drawing out emotion, and it recalls songs such as "Up Through the Ashes" and "Mourning Star." I've never been a fan of Kamelot's ballads and "Song for Jolee" is probably the worst song on the album. The song "Solitaire" features a melody from "Lord of the Rings" and "Prodigal Son" brings to mind what the "Poetry for the Poisoned" tracks would've given off, if they had been united into one song.
Lyrics — 8
Roy Khan was a great vocalist, but Tommy Karevik is a also a great one. In fact he sounds very similar to Khan, particularly on the songs "Sacrimony," "Veritas," and "Silverthorn." Yet even so, he has his own touch and style that certainly makes him notably different. I can't think of another vocalist who could've been a better fit, he sounds very sincere and delivers a stunningly emotional performance. When it comes to the 2 guest vocalists featured on the album, I think it's pretty ironic that they picked both the best female growler in metal: Alissa White-Gluz, and the best female singer in metal: Elize Ryd, even if Simone Simons voice fits Kamelot better. Both does an outstanding job and it all comes together on "Sacrimony," which features all 3 singers and a truly fantastic chorus. Definitely amongst some of the best songs Kamelot has ever put out. The lyrics are what you would expect, no surprises there.
Overall Impression — 8
"Silverthorn" is truly an impressive album and amongst their best. It's not as good as "The Black Halo" or "Ghost Opera," but it's much better than "Poetry for the Poisoned" and anything before "Karma." It's like they took inspiration from all of their releases and melded them together, the result is an album that doesn't make you miss Roy Khan that much at all. The best songs are "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)," "Ashes to Ashes" and "My Confession."