REVIEWS

"Silverthorn" leaves you in awe from the very first listen, yet details will only be revealed after several spins. Cinematic and orchestral, heavy guitars and vocal brilliance... this can only be the next Kamelot era! - RockTribune (Belgium)

Without doubt "Silverthorn" is a flawless album on all levels, with emphasis on production and orchestration, plenty of great ideas and a singer picked up from the top shelf that can leave no friend of the sound untouched with his performance - Rocking.gr (Greece)

Kamelot certify they are still part of the big division in the area, one of the Champions League contenders. No withdrawals, no games of fate, nothing can harm them. As long as they create the fantastic music they do, they’ve got nothing to fear - Noyzi (Greece)

Kamelot sound symphonic, monumental and bombastic like ever. But they manage to increase this with great arranged orchestra parts... this album will shoot them to the symphonic-theatrical Olympus!!! - Orkus Magazine (Germany)

"Silverthorn" is the hottest candidate for the best (Melodic) Metal album of the year! - Stormbringer (Austria)

I tried very hard to find even a small disadvantage in this album but I failed. This album does not have any weak parts at all. This band still kick asses! "Silverthorn" totally worths the anticipation! – Burst (Greece)

The lush sounding album impresses alongside mature symphonic elements and choral passages especially through the effective cooperation between hard guitar riffs, driving drumbeats and outstanding keyboard elements. For the listener the result is a very emotionally charged metal symphony which takes the listener into a phantasy world, but also into the pulsating center of the melodic metal-olymp. 14/15 – Bizarre-Radio.de (Germany)

Silverthorn is simply excellent, a slice of mammoth metal majesty that should serve to satisfy the choir and convert the skeptics. 10/10 – Outburn Magazine (USA)

If you want to be inspired by a new powerfull wave of nonchalant melodies, Silverthorn is the right address. 9.5/10 – Time for Metal (Germany)

They have produced one of the most exciting albums of the year. – Sea of Tranquility (USA)

Kamelot fans should not miss this album, because it's one of their strongest efforts in their career. Above that every symphonic metal fan should get it too, because you can call Silverthorn easily a highlight in this genre. 6.5/7 – Hard Harder Heavy (Germany)

Silverthorn is the hottest candidate for the beset (Melodic) Metal album of the year! 5/5 – Stormbringer (Austria)

Kamelot unleashes another epic, compelling and entertaining album of melodic progressive power metal in Silverthorn. Strongly recommended. 5/5 – Dangerdog (USA)

Bombast Metal with progressive streaks and light power metal interludes from the past bring the album close to the achievements of their hit albums "Epica" and "The Black Halo". 9.5/10 – Crossfire Metal (Germany)

With "Silverthorn", Kamelot has created a masterpiece that will propel them to the next level in the world of metal. Well done gentlemen, very well done! 9.5/10 – The Metal Pit (Canada)

Probably one of the best, if not the best Kamelot album ever! Tommy, you have an epic voice. Buy it, listen to it, love it! 9.5/10 – Metalglory (Germany)

With the new-found energy of their clearly dedicated, passionate frontman, there is no doubt in my mind that Kamelot will continue to release quality heavy metal for years to come. Recommended! 4.5/5 – Powerline (USA)

Bottom line, "Silverthorn" might as well be Kamelot's finest record to date and you couldn't ask more from Tommy Karevik debut, which we all hope will remain in the band for many and long years. 10/10 – Metal Global (Portugal)

Every member of the band – first of all new singer Karevik – delivers the maximum of passion on their parts, which raises this monumental work into an exceptional position. 10/10 – Rock It! (Germany)

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BIOGRAPHY

Kamelot have held their very own, very special position in the world of rock and heavy music: their elaborate melodic metal has always opened itself in a remarkably clever way to like-minded styles, integrating progressive elements as well as cross-references to doom/gothic metal and classical music, which have allowed their songs to define their own genre. Two of their most successful releases in particular, namely the albums Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005), are prime examples of Kamelot’s multi-layered approach, intensity and outstanding musicality. Their latest offering, Silverthorn, sees the band raise this demanding standard even higher, because Silverthorn is a real masterpiece of grand gestures, gritty melodies and haunting atmospheres. In addition, the album confidently and proudly focuses on the band’s new singer: with his debut, new addition Tommy Karevik from Sweden has proved that he suits Kamelot perfectly in every respect. So should we be talking of a new era or even a new age in view of this new situation? No, we should simply announce that Silverthorn has Kamelot open a new exciting chapter in their long career, with Karevik as their strongest trump card. What a fanfare!

Silverthorn is one of the best Kamelot albums ever, not only thanks to their Swedish vocalist’s brilliant performance, but also thanks to the artistic development of all parties involved. “For an ambitious band like us, the only target can be to get better with every album and go for new horizons,” comments main composer Thomas Youngblood, adding: Youngblood is referring to producer Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Edguy, Rhapsody), who highlights Tommy Karevik’s voice perfectly (Paeth: “Tommy is one of the best singers I’ve ever worked with”) while flawlessly capturing the band’s sonic cosmos.

The close compositional collaboration between Youngblood and keyboardist Oliver Palotai, which spawned the majority of new material, has contributed to an album which sees one important element mesh with the other, from the first note of the intro, ‘Manus Dei,’ to the last song, ‘Continuum.’ In between, Kamelot deliver an extravaganza of exciting ideas, mix prog and power metal on the driving ‘Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife)’ and the subsequent ‘Ashes To Ashes,’ deliver anthemnic choruses on ‘Torn’ and ‘Falling Like The Fahrenheit’ and rely on the perfect interplay between Karevik and Palotai on the ballad ‘Song For Jolee’. The band was supported at the studio by guest musicians Elize Ryd, Eklipse, Alissa White-Gluz (The Agonist) and Amanda Somerville, among others.

And last but by no means least, there’s the album’s compelling lyrical concept. Youngblood: “It’s the story of a young girl who dies in the arms of her two twin brothers, taking the three siblings’ big secret to her grave. The songs on Silverthorn talk about despair, a sense of guilt and the pursuit of truth. In this context, the silver thorn in the album title has a mysterious meaning, but it’s up to the listener to unveil this secret”.

So there’s a lot to be discovered, musically as well as lyrically. You have to listen to this album, whether you’re a Kamelot fan or generally a devotee of intelligent melodic metal, because the multi-layered songs and the album’s lyrical concept have entered a haunting liaison on Silverthorn.

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ALBUM FACTS

Recorded at: Gate Studios/Wolfsburg, Morrisound Studios/Tampa,FL.,
Palosphere Studios/ Stuttgart, JohanArt/Sweden
Produced by: Sascha Paeth and Miro
Co-Produced by Kamelot
Engineers: Sascha Paeth, Miro, Olaf Reitmeier, Simon Oberender,
Jim Morris, Michelle Holtkamp, Johan Larsson
Mixed by: Sascha Paeth
Mastered by: Simon Oberender

The band:
Thomas Youngblood- Guitars
Casey Grillo – Drums/Precussion
Oliver Palotai – Keyboards/Orchestrations
Sean Tibbetts – Bass
Tommy Karevik – Vocals

Special Guests:
Elize Ryd – Female Vocals on Sacrimony, Veritas and Fahrenheit
Alissa White – Gluz – heavy vocals on Sacrimony and vocals on Prodigal Son Pt 3
Sascha Paeth – additional guitars throughout and heavy vocals on Ashes to Ashes
Miro – Keyboards and Orchestrations on tracks 2*,3,4, 9
and 10. Connection between Manus Dei to Sacrimony
*with Oliver Palotai

Annelise Youngblood – nursery rhymes
Silverthorn Children's Choir - Emilie Paeth, Noa Rizzo and Annelise Youngblood
Silverthorn Choir- Amanda Somerville, Elize Ryd, Robert Hunneke Rizzo,
Thomas Rettke, Simon Oberender, Cinzia Rizzo (also solo on Contiuum)
Luca Turilli – Latin consultant
István Tamás – Accordion of Veritas
Eklipse - "Strings on Sacrimony, Fahrenheit and My Confession - www.e-k-l-i-p-s-e.com;
produced and recorded by Kai Schumacher & B-Ray at LeFink StudiosDuisburg."

 

 

 
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