Ok, but not as good as later releases
Richard S. Davis | Wake Forest, NC United States | 04/02/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Musically and melodicaly not as sophisticated as the last three studio albums, but a decent listen nonetheless. Origional singer reminds me a bit of Crimson Glory's, though not as shrill, sometimes he sings a little off key. Music & production not up to latest standards, more like early 80's."
Like Queensyrche's "Rage for Order"? You'll like this...
Lincoln 6 Echo | Harrisburg, IL USA | 05/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree completely with Paul N. below. I had the exact same feelings when listening to this album. And like him, I have just gotten into Kamelot's music, and this was the first album I listened to. So as to not contamimate my ears to the newer works yet.
I was totally impressed. Very, very good album. Very guitar heavy melodies, with Mark Vanderbilt's vocals coming across like early Geoff Tate of the "Rage for Order"/"Operation Mindcrime" era. In fact at times, like Paul said, listening to this album can confuse the listener into thinking it was a long lost Queensryche album.
One of my favorite songs on this is "Call of the Sea". Very erie guitar hook during the chorus. Sounds like something off of "Rage for Order" for sure.
Kamelot's follow-up "Dominion" is quite good too, but not quite as guitar heavy as this one, although still quite powerful. It's obvious that the band started to evolve a bit by then. But there's no denying that Mark Vanderbilt sounds like a Geoff Tate of old.
Good stuff...highly recommended. Be sure to get the reissue, as it may be remastered as well, although it doesn't say so. It sounds too good not to be."