One Cold Winter's Night

Release date: November 20th 2006

Target (Denmark)

Power Metal

Rating: 90/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
October 29th 2006

Kamelot is - hands down - one of my absolute favorite power metal bands! They have delivered one outstanding power metal album after another. Albums like "The Fourth Legacy", "Karma", "Epica" and last years' "The Black Halo" are all albums any serious power metal fan should have in their collection! The combination of Thomas Youngblood and Roy Khan is a match made in heaven, and on this their second live album things really crystallizes into a sizzling experience...

'One Cold Winter's Night' (the title of the album is off course based on the "On the Coldest Winter Night" song from 'Epica') was recorded live on February 11th 2006 at Rockefeller Musichall in Oslo, Norway in front a sell-out crowd. It's hard to argue with the songs selected and the running order, the sound is crystal clear, the band is playing their asses off, and Roy Khan is singing brilliantly in front of his home crowd.

This is the live album Kamelot fans have been waiting for all along; 'The Expedition' from 2000 was OK, but not as great as we the fans had hoped for. Every song from the short intro thru classic Kamelot songs like: "Center of the Universe", "Nights of Arabia", "Forever", "March of Mephisto", "Karma" and "Farewell" to the outro are all classic examples of just how great Kamelot is live on stage, and just how many awesome metal songs they have written thru their career.

Highlight on the album is however the 13 minutes epic "Elizabeth (Parts I, II & III)", breathtaking - sheer pleasure! Arguably the 14 best Kamelot songs - the only song, which I wish would have made it onto the record is: "Memento Mori" - a short intro, a long outro, a keyboard solo and a drum solo is what this double album offers us the fans.

In a rather weak year for live albums, this one is heads and shoulders above the competition and I don't think I need to tell you that this album is a mandatory purchase for all power metal fans! And just to make things even more interesting - the whole thing will also be available on DVD! I can't wait to watch the whole show...

No more words are needed - get this double album sooner rather than later...