Album ReviewsReviews

Album Review: KAMELOT – Haven

Kamelot – Haven takes the band’s signature symphonic metal to the next level

Kamelot - Concert PhotosHaven is an epic journey across a vast melodic landscape, and Tampa, Florida’s symphonic power metal veterans Kamelot prove once again that they are more than capable of navigating the complex terrain. After two decades of brilliant songwriting the band shows no signs of slowing down, and with the follow-up to their highly acclaimed album Silverthorn, Kamelot may have raised the bar once again.

Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, Haven has a wide sweeping and emotional sound that could easily be envisioned as the soundtrack to some dark fantasy. The cover artwork was created once again by German photographer and visual artist Stefan Heilemann, who also created the cover artwork for Silverthorn. If you enjoy incredibly kick-ass, dark visual art, check out Stefan’s work online. Additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.

Several guest musicians make appearances on Haven, and Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) and Charlotte Wessels (Delain), expand on an already impressive musical palette, bringing an additional touch of aggression and grace to the intricate compositions on Haven.

Haven is from start to finish a well-crafted album showcasing Kamelot at their best, with many great highlights throughout. The sci-fi inspired “Insomnia,” with its infectious chorus will have you singing along from the first time you hear it. “Citizen Zero” has an epic sound with orchestration and choir vocals during the chorus and bridge sections, creating a cinematic atmosphere suited for the big screen. “Veil of Elysium” picks up the pace out of the gate with a driving double kick drum attack from the start, and a melody that sticks in your head as you find yourself humming along before launching into some incredibly nimble shredding by Thomas Youngblood. “Under Grey Skies” features Charlotte Wessels from Delain performing a beautiful duet with Kamelot frontman Tommy Karevik, with additional instrumentation provided by Troy Donockley of Nightwish. Arch Enemy‘s smoldering vocalist Alissa White-Gluz adds some intense growls and clean vocals on “Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)” and also on what is probably my favorite track on the album, “Revolution,” adding a bit of beautiful brutality that Alissa brings to any performance.

Kamelot fans will not be disappointed in Haven, an album they’ve been waiting three years for as the follow up to Silverthorn. The album will be released in North America on May 5, 2015. The North American tour begins on Monday, April 27, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. [columns] [column size=”1/3″]Kamelot Haven[/column] [column size=”2/3″]

Artist: Kamelot
Album Title: Haven
Release Date: May 5, 2015 (North America)
Playing Time: 00:54:00
Producer: Sascha Paeth
Label: Napalm Records
[list style=”music”] [li]Fallen Star[/li] [li]Insomnia[/li] [li]Citizen Zero[/li] [li]Veil Of Elysium[/li] [li]Under Grey Skies[/li] [li]My Therapy[/li] [li]Ecclesia[/li] [li]End Of Innocence[/li] [li]Beautiful Apocalypse[/li] [li]Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)[/li] [li]Here’s To The Fall[/li] [/list]
[/column] [/columns]

Kamelot – Insomnia (Official Video) | Napalm Records

Kamelot Haven
Haven is available for pre-order now at Napalm Records Webstore in multiple Ltd editions and special bundles. Official Pre-Order Website is and it will be released May 5, 2015 (North America) and May 8, 2015 (Europe and rest of the world)


Tour Dates


/w Special Guest: Dragonforce

27.04.15 US – Baltimore, MD / Soundstage
28.04.15 US – Philadelphia, PA / Trocadero Theater
29.04.15 US – New York, NY / Webster Hall
01.05.15 US – Worcester, MA / The Palladium
02.05.15 CA – Montreal, QC / Metropolis
03.05.15 CA – Toronto, ON / Phoenix Concert Theater
05.05.15 US – Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall
06.05.15 US – Joliet, IL / Mojoes
07.05.15 US – Minneapolis, MN / Mill City Nights
09.05.15 CA – Winnipeg, MB / Garrick Centre
10.05.15 CA – Saskatoon, SK / Louis Pub
11.05.15 CA – Calgary, AL / MacEwan Hall
12.05.15 CA – Edmonton, AB / Union Hall
14.05.15 US – San Francisco, CA / Regency Center
15.05.15 US – Anaheim, CA / City National Grove
16.05.15 US – Tempe, AZ / The Marquee
18.05.15 US – Denver, CO / Ogden Theater
20.05.15 US – Austin, TX / Emo’s
21.05.15 US – New Orleans, LA / New Orleans Civic Theater
22.05.15 US – Birmingham, IL / Iron City Live
23.05.15 US – Orlando, FL / House of Blues


27.06.2015 BG – Kavarna / Kavarna Rock Festival
04.07.2015 RO – Romania / I Am The Rocker Festival
09.07.2015 CZ – Vizovice / Masters Of Rock Festival

More dates to be announced soon!


17.09.2015 FR – Paris / La Cigale
19.09.2015 CH – Pratteln / Z7 Konzertfabrik
25.09.2015 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgår’n
26.09.2015 NO – Oslo / Sentrum Scene
27.09.2015 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Medis
29.09.2015 FI – Jyväskylä / Lutakko
01.10.2015 FI – Joensuu / Kerubi
02.10.2015 FI – Seinäjoki / Rytmikorjaamo
03.10.2015 FI – Helsinki / Circus
05.10.2015 LT – Vilnius / Forum Palace
06.10.2015 PL – Warszawa / Club Progresja
08.10.2015 IT – Milano / Live Music Club
16.10.2015 NL – Tilburg / Poppodium 013

More dates to be announced soon!

[separator style=”line” /][separator style=”space” /]


Thomas Woroniak

Owner/Editor/Photographer/Journalist at AntiHero Magazine -- Thomas is a concert photographer and writer living in the Kansas City, MO area. When he isn't elbowing people in the photo pit, he makes an actual living as a web developer and freelance motion graphics designer. He is also a guitarist and studied music composition at the University of Illinois at Chicago -- Author: Thomas Woroniak

Related Articles

Back to top button