Tonight is the second of
Kamelot’s two UK dates on their extensive Pandemonium Over Europe Tour. Over the
past couple of years Kamelot have quickly gained a reputation for their flawless
live performances. With a loyal fanbase behind them there simply is no stopping
The Great Pandemonium!
Pop/Melodic Metal band Amaranthe are the openers this evening. They have
not one, not two, but THREE vocalists. At times it is questionable as to just
what this adds to their sound and whether three vocalists are really necessary.
Nevertheless, their performance is very sleek and very polished. Their sound
mixes pop with metal, in places sounding reminiscent of Swedish Metal outfit,
Dead By April but with the addition of a female singer. Their songs are
extremely catchy and have a very uplifting vibe. Songs ‘Leave Everything
Behind’, ‘Automatic’ and ‘Call Out My Name’ are infectious and addictive.
Setlist: Leave Everything
Behind, Enter The Maze, 1,000,000 Light Years, Automatic, Call Out My Name, It’s
All About Me (Rain), My Transition, Hunger
Swedish Melodic Metal
band Evergrey are next up with a very dark atmospheric and progressive
styled sound with vocals bearing some resemblance to Symphony-X’s Russell Allen.
Their guitar work and keyboard work are exceptional. Their set is extremely
crowd-pleasing with a majority of their short set encompassing tracks from
Evergrey’s most recent release ‘Glorious Collision’. From soft keyboard melodies
through to the heavy riff of guitars this title sums up their sound down to a T.
Tracks ‘Leave It Behind Us’, ‘Frozen’ and ‘Wrong’ are all “glorious collisions”
of intense dark metal.
Setlist: Leave It Behind Us, Monday Morning
Apocalypse, Wrong, Blinded, The Masterplan, Recreation Day, Frozen, Broken
Wings, A Touch of Blessing
The recent departure of Kamelot
’s long serving and
highly regarded vocalist, Roy Khan, may have rocked a storm and broken the
hearts of hardcore Kamelot fans across the globe, but fear not, as Rhapsody of
Fire Vocalist, Fabio Lione, steps up to the Mic. He may not have the illustrious
floor-length trenchcoats of Khan, but he is a man more than capable to fill the
role on this tour cycle. Tonight Lione is joined by a string of special guests
including Simone Simons from Epica and Tommy Karevik from Seventh
the moment Lione stepped onstage, the audience were swept away by his expansive
vocal range, which delivered song after song note perfectly with ease. From
older Kamelot songs, right through to songs from Kamelot’s 2010 release, ‘Poetry
For The Poisoned’, it was certainly a night to remember.
Opening with the
jaw-dropping and intense ‘Rule The World’, followed by the epic and mysterious
‘Ghost Opera’, it’s clear from the start that Kamelot mean business.
‘Center of the Universe’
is taken care of by Tommy Karevik, who doesn’t put a foot wrong. Whilst, Lione’s
rendition of ‘Nights Of Arabia’ makes it sound like the song was written for
him. His powerful voice really shines through on the chorus. Things are slowed down
with “old school” Kamelot ballad ‘A Sailormans Hymn’, which Fabio Lione
proclaims is his favourite Kamelot song. With guitarist Thomas Youngblood
adopting an acoustic guitar and Amaranthe vocalist Elize Ryd accompanying Lione
on vocals, the mood becomes magical.
solo pieces from Casey Grillo (Drums), Oliver Palotai (Keyboards) and Sean
Tibbets (Bass Guitar) are real treats and showcase the enormous amount of talent
and skill that fuels the instrumental sound of Kamelot. ‘Descent of the
Archangel’ is an unexpected addition to Kamelot’s setlist but a very welcome one
indeed, as Lione’s vocals soar against the sound of exquisite
A further highlight of
the show was when Epica Vocalist, Simone Simons, joined Lione for the epic Metal
Duet, ‘The Haunting (Somewhere In Time)’ from ‘The Black Halo’ album. There are
no words to describe the intensity both singers brought to the song. It was
‘Forever’, opens with
guitarist Thomas Youngblood playing the beautiful melody of Edvard Grieg’s
‘Solveig’s song’, which has the power to send shivers down the spine, as the
crowd get their chance to sing with the melody. The entire song is an incredible
masterpiece taken to new heights with a phenomenal presence and breathtaking
Kamelot’s set draws to
its close with fan-favourite, ‘March of Mephisto’ with its ferocious and
pounding drum beats echoing across the Islington Academy.
The future of Kamelot
may be uncertain, but what’s clear tonight is that with or without Khan, their
live performances are still up there with the best in Heavy
Rule the World,
Ghost Opera, The Great Pandemonium, The Human Stain, Center of the Universe
(with Tommy Karevik), Nights of Arabia, A Sailorman's Hymn, When the Lights are
Down, Soul Society, Keyboard Solo, Descent of the Archangel, EdenEcho,
Necropolis, The Haunting (with Simone Simons), Drum Solo, Forever, Bass Solo,
Karma, March of Mephisto