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Kamelot - The Black Halo

8.9 | 1225 votes |
Release date: 14 March 2005
Style: Symphonic power metal


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01. March Of Mephisto [feat. Shagrath]
02. When The Lights Are Down
03. The Haunting (Somewhere In Time) [feat. Simone Simons]
04. Soul Society
05. Interlude I: Dei Gratia
06. Abandoned
07. This Pain
08. Moonlight
09. Interlude II: Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso
10. The Black Halo
11. Nothing Ever Dies
12. Memento Mori
13. Interlude III: Midnight - Twelve Tolls For A New Day
14. Serenade
15. Epilogue [Japanese bonus]
16. Soul Society [radio edit version] [Japanese bonus]
17. The Haunting [radio edit version] [limited edition bonus]
18. March Of Mephisto [radio edit version] [limited edition bonus]

The best Power Metal album of 2005
Top 20 albums of 2005: 6
Top 200 albums of all time: 90

Roy Khan - vocals
Thomas Youngblood - guitars
Glenn Barry - bass guitar
Casey Grillo - drums

Guest musicians
Michael "Miro" Rodenberger - keyboards and orchestral arrangements
Sascha Paeth - Additional guitars
Jens Johansson - Keyboard solos on "March of Mephisto" and "When the Lights Are Down"
Stian Tomt "Shagrath" Thoresen - vocals on "March of Mephisto" and "Memento Mori"
Cinzia Rizzo - vocals "Un Assassinio Molto Silenzioso"
Simone Simons - vocals on "The Haunting"
Geoff Rudd - vocals
Mari Youngblood - vocals on "Memento Mori" and "Abandoned"
Annelise Youngblood - baby sounds on "Soul Society"
Andre Neygenfind - D-bass on "Abandoned"
Wolfgang Dietrich - vocals on "Memento Mori"

Staff review by
A new Kamelot… I know that all the Power Metal fans are awaiting it… After the great "Epica", which is one of the best albums of the style, it was really hard for the Americans to do something amazing like this precedent album, but impossible is definitely not equal to Kamelot. You understand me very well, they did it, Kamelot certainly just produced their best album so far, no doubts for me…

published 07.03.2005 | Comments (1)

Staff review by
To be honest with you, another review of this fine piece of Metal isn't really necessary, since Jeff's review told you exactly how good this album really is.
But that's also the reason why I thought I should write down a few of my thoughts about it and post it as a second opinion review here.

"The Black Halo" will continue the concept of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's opus, which started with "Epica".

published 26.03.2005 | Comments (7)

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10.01.2015 - 20:20
Rating: 10

Definetly one of the best albums ever, if not the best.

Khan is god.
Khan is god
18.03.2016 - 04:05
High Fist Prog
Some great stuff in here. Favourite tracks: "March Of Mephisto", "The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)", "Moonlight", "The Black Halo", and "Nothing Ever Dies".
28.02.2017 - 11:04
Rating: 10

Beautiful piece of music this album is. None of their albums even comes close (sorry, Karma). There's just something about this album that is totally magical. Perfect length, perfect flow, perfect all around.
13.05.2017 - 19:52
Rating: 10

Whilst everyone praises the Black Halo for cementing Kamelot's place in the hall of music greats i think i weirdly prefer Epica, the first half of this double act. However TBH builds on the that beggining to produce some truly powerful moments that have been rarely matched by anyone else, or even themselves, since
06.04.2018 - 22:42
Rating: 10
Pure perfection!!
21.04.2018 - 01:20
Rating: 10

25.07.2020 - 15:59
Rating: 9

I am not a big fan of symphonic power metal or even power metal bcoz i find very cheesy materials with many of the bands. Somehow i find Kamelot little different in their style with epic melodies which are not just first impressions. This album has tracks with more than half of them getting repeated for years but still wanted to listen to.
In the beginning I was made of clay. Then I bit the apple and they changed me to metal 🤘
25.02.2022 - 01:11
Rating: 9
Nocturnal Bro
Wow! This is fantastic! Besides Iced Earth's Burnt Offerings I think this might be the best power metal I've heard (at the moment I like it more than Helloween, Blind Guardian, Stratovarius and Wintersun)! Perfect vocals, great heavy riffs; not cheesy, but legitimately beautiful music!
I'll have to listen to more power metal, but those are my impressions at the moment

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