Ghost Opera

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Ghost Opera
Studio album by Kamelot
Released June 4, 2007
Recorded Gate Studios and Pathway Studios, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2006-2007
Genre Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Length 43:59 (Original Album)
47:59 (Limited Edition)
47:31 (Japanese Release)
58:00 (The Secong Coming disk 2)
Label SPV/Steamhammer
Producer Sascha Paeth and Miro[1]
Kamelot chronology
The Black Halo
(2005)
Ghost Opera
(2007)
Poetry for the Poisoned
(2010)
Reissue cover
The Second Coming reissue cover (2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Metal Circus 9/10 stars[4]
Metal Storm 9/10 stars[5]
Last Rites 8.1/10 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[7]
The Metal Crypt 4.75/5 stars[8]
Amazon.com 4.3/5 stars[9]
Live-Metal 7/10 stars[10]
Metal Zone 8.5/10 stars[11]
Goetia Media 4/5 stars[12]
Sea of Tranquility 5/5 stars[13]
Metal Symphony 8/10 stars[14]

Ghost Opera is the eighth studio album from metal band Kamelot. It was released in 2007 by SPV GmbH/Steamhammer Records, on June 1 in Germany and followed by releases on June 4 in Europe and June 5 in the United States. It is the first studio album by Kamelot to feature keyboardist Oliver Palotai, and the last with former bassist Glenn Barry. The album spawned four music videos for the songs "Ghost Opera", "The Human Stain", "Rule the World" and "Love You to Death".[15]

On Billboard 200, the album peaked at number 18 on Top Heatseekers and number 48 on Independent Albums.[16]

Prior to the release of the album, SPV Records distributed a strictly limited CD single of "Ghost Opera", handed out to fans attending the European Tour in March, April and May 2007.[17] The album was released on vinyl in the spring of 2009, along with The Black Halo.[18][19][20]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Solitaire"   1:00
2. "Rule the World"   3:40
3. "Ghost Opera"   4:06
4. "The Human Stain"   4:01
5. "Blücher"   4:04
6. "Love You to Death"   5:13
7. "Up Through the Ashes"   4:59
8. "Mourning Star"   4:37
9. "Silence of the Darkness"   3:43
10. "Anthem"   4:25
11. "EdenEcho"   4:13
Total length:
43:59

Limited edition CD + DVD and The Second Coming[edit]

In 2008, a reissue of Ghost Opera entitled Ghost Opera: The Second Coming was released on March 28 in Germany, March 31 for the rest of Europe and April 8 in the United States and Canada. The album was released as a double-disc set, with the first disc featuring Ghost Opera as previously released, and the videos for "The Human Stain" and "Memento Mori", filmed in Belgrade, Serbia. The second disc contained 10 live tracks from the same show, as well as three bonus tracks from Ghost Opera and The Black Halo and a remix of "Rule the World".

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Greek International Albums Chart[21] 23
UK (Rock & Metal Charts)[22] 24
Norwegian Albums Chart[23] 25
Swedish Albums Chart[24] 29
Japanese Albums Chart[25] 34
Japanese International Albums Chart[25] 4
Finnish Albums Chart[26] 35
Dutch Albums Chart[27] 51
German Albums Chart[28] 61
French Albums Chart[29] 83
Swiss Albums Chart[30] 88
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[31] 18
US Billboard Indie Charts[31] 48
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Greek Albums Chart[32] 38

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "About.com review". Heavymetal.about.com. 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ "The Metal Circus review". The Metal Circus.com. 
  5. ^ "Metal Storm review". metalstorm.net. 2007-07-01. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Last Rites review". lastrit.es. October 2007. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  7. ^ "Sputnik Music review". sputnikmusic.com. 2011-06-10. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  8. ^ "The Metal Crypt review". metalcrypt.com. 2007-05-16. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Amazon.com review". amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Live-Metal review". live-metal.net. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  11. ^ "METALZONE review". metalzone.biz. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  12. ^ "Goetia Media review". goetiamedia.com. 2007-06-22. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  13. ^ "Sea of Tranquility review". seaoftranquility.org. 2008-06-01. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  14. ^ "Metal Symphony review". metalsymphony.com. 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2013-02-10. 
  15. ^ Kamelot.com From a quick update with Thomas Youngblood, 14th March 2008
  16. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - Kamelot
  17. ^ Silvia Deurwaarder (May 2007). "Interview". Reflections of Darkness. "Roy Khan and Thomas Youngblood" 
  18. ^ "Official site news article". December 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  19. ^ "Blabbermouth.net article dated December 13, 2008". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  20. ^ bravewords.com (December 13, 2008). "Updated: KAMELOT - Ghost Opera And The Black Halo To Be Issued On Vinyl In 2009". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
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  22. ^ "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  23. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
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  27. ^ "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  28. ^ "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". charts.de. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  29. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  30. ^ Steffen Hung. "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 
  31. ^ a b "Kamelot - Ghost Opera". wikipedia.org. 
  32. ^ "Kamelot - Ghost Opera (The Second Coming)". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-04-08.