Kamelot – Haven Album review
The new Kamelot album – Haven – is out in the US now and will be released in the rest of the world on May 8th, 2015. Here is our take on this release.
The edition we are reviewing is the Deluxe Edition which features 13 new songs, a piano version of “End of Innocence”, an acoustic version of “Veil of Elysium” and either orchestral or instrumental versions of all tracks. The iTunes version also has a digital booklet with some nice graphics, lyrics and a “thank you” section.
Haven starts out with “Fallen Star”, which is a prime example of Kamelot combining power-metal elements with haunting melodies and some falsetto vocals from vocalist Tommy Karevik. It is followed by the magnificient “Insomnia” with a catchy chorus and a wicked synthesizer solo.
The wonderful ballad “Under Grey Skies” is a duet between Tommy and Charlotte Wessels from Delain. Complete that with the wind instrument skills of Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and you have a killer, emotional track. Another guest musician is someone we all know to well in the Kamelot family – Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), who contributed vocals to the tracks “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) and “Revolution”.
The album also has two instrumental tracks, the short “Ecclesia”, which serves as an intro to “End of Innocence” and the title track “Haven”.
Track Listing (Deluxe iTunes Edition):
1. Fallen Star
3. Citizen Zero
4. Veil Of Elysium
5. Under Grey Skies
6. My Therapy
8. End Of Innocence
9. Beautiful Apocalypse
10. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)
11. Here’s To The Fall
14. End Of Innocence (Piano Version)
15. Veil Of Elysium (Acoustic Version)
16. Fallen Star” (Orchestral Version)
17. Here’s To The Fall (Orchestral Version)
18. My Therapy (Orchestral Version)
19. Fallen Star (Instrumental Version)
20. Insomnia (Instrumental Version)
21. Citizen Zero (Instrumental Version)
22. Veil Of Elysium (Instrumental Version)
23. Under Grey Skies (Instrumental Version)
24. My Therapy (Instrumental Version)
25. End Of Innocence” (Instrumental Version)
26. Beautiful Apocalypse” (Instrumental Version)
27. Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) (Instrumental Version)
28. Revolution (Instrumental Version)
The instrumental and orchestral versions are all a nice addition and can make for some great Karaoke if you can match Tommy’s vocals, but if not, get drunk and scream along. The piano version of “End of Innocence” and the acoustic version of “Veil of Elysium” are nice treats on top of everything – thank you Kamelot!