• 7.5/10
    KAMELOT - Haven - 7.5/10


Napalm Records
Release date: May 8, 2015

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One of the leading forces in Symphonic Metal returns with their eleventh album, which is also the second one with vocalist Tommy Karevik, who followed Roy Khan in 2012.

With a reputation to lose, Kamelot does not take too many risks on Haven, but offers their usual trademarks to their fans. In contrast to their greatest efforts, the new album does show a certain lack of memorable hooklines upon the first spins, but given time it will grow on the listener. Still, with the symphonic aspect brought more prominently into the light, it is opulent, but lacks a Metal punch at times.

Returns to their greatness are the more dynamic and longer songs like “Citizen Zero” and “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)”. These moments make Haven enjoyable while not standing eye to eye with their best efforts during the first half of the past decade.


  • Frank Jaeger

    Frank was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio, based out of Bavaria, Germany. He has worked in the games industry for more than 20 years, now on the manufacturing side, before on the publishing end. Before this, he edited and handled the layout for a city mag in northern Germany ... maybe that is why he love being part of anything published. Frank got hooked on Metal at the age of 14 when a friend introduced him to AC/DC. They were listening to The Beatles, Madness, and The Police, and he decided they should move on. Well, they did, Back in Black became Frank's first Metal album, and since Germany is reasonably close to England, they had some small New Waves Of British Heavy Metal washing up on their shores: Tygers Of Pan Tang, Samson, Gillan, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Sweet Savage, Diamond Head, etc. If he had to pick his favorite styles, Prog and Power Metal would be at the top of the list.

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