Review by Krys on July 12, 2001.
I have to be honest with you… not being the biggest fan of power metal, when I opened the package and saw another power metal release I said “God, why me? Are there any bands out there playing a different style of music?” So imagine how enthusiastically I put this CD into my player. And... that’s the only negative thing I have to say about this masterpiece.
I’ll say even more, this album hasn’t left my player for at least two weeks now and with a couple more CDs like Kamelot’s “Karma”, I might become one of the biggest fans of this genre. What’s so special? Everything. If you thought “The Fourth Legacy” was good, this is like comparing your garage band (not that your band sucks) to Morbid Angel. I don’t even know where to start... this perfect balance between melody and power, breathtaking arrangements, flawless use of instruments and a great selection of lyrical topics makes “Karma” easily one of the best power releases of this year.
Twelve songs, which range from fast opener 'Forever', 'Wings Of Despair' or closing 'Fall From Grace' are perfectly balanced with mid tempo tracks and slow ballads like 'Don’t You Cry' or 'Temples of God'. If title track 'Karma' won’t make your jaw drop to the ground, I don’t know what will. Forget about all those bands singing about and sounding like knights sitting around the round table, Kamelot will amaze you with mysticism and atmosphere using Khan’s outstanding voice and fantastic instrument use. As if all that is not enough, they throw in absolutely stunning trilogy that ends the record, “Elizabeth”, which is just a showcase of their musical talent and ability to compose top class melodic power metal.
Bottom Line: If you want to widen your musical horizon this is the CD you start with, for everyone else... I can’t believe you are still reading this review.
Rating: 9.5 out of 10