Silverthorn (album)

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Silverthorn
Cover art by Stefan Heilemann
Studio album by Kamelot
Released 24 October 2012 (Japan)
26 October 2012 (Germany)
29 October 2012 (rest of Europe)
30 October 2012 (North America)
Recorded Morrisound Recording, Tampa, Florida, USA, Gate Studios, Wolfsburg, Germany, Palosphere Studios, Stuttgart, Germany, and JohanArt, Sweden, March–June 2012
Genre Progressive metal, symphonic metal, power metal
Length 56:20
Label SPV/Steamhammer (Europe and North America)
King (Japan)
Producer Sascha Paeth, Miro and Kamelot
Kamelot chronology
Poetry for the Poisoned
(2010)
Silverthorn
(2012)
TBA
Alternate cover
Silverthorn vinyl and 2-CD Box Set cover (2012)
Promo cover
Silverthorn promo cover (2012)
Singles from Silverthorn
  1. "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)"
    Released: 5 September 2012
  2. "Falling Like the Fahrenheit"
    Released: 25 February 2013
  3. "My Confession"
    Released: 10 July 2013

Silverthorn is the tenth studio album by the American power metal band Kamelot. The album was released on the Steamhammer label, a division of SPV,[1] on 26 October 2012 in Germany, three days later in the rest of Europe and one day after that in North America.[2] It is the first album to feature Tommy Karevik as the lead singer and their third concept album, after Epica (2003) and The Black Halo (2005).[3] The concept and story are original, and features a 19th century little girl named Jolee, who dies in a tragic accident witnessed by her twin brothers. The story deals with how the girl's affluent family handles the tragic event, leading to cover-ups, secrets, and betrayal. The cover by Stefan Heilemann shows Jolee, the main character and angel of afterlife, as an adult.[4]

Music Video[edit]

A music video was released for the promotional single "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)". The video focuses on the story, mainly on the death of the main character, Jolee. The first part of the video takes place in 1863, with Jolee's two brothers flying a kite on the roof of their house, Jolee joins them and shortly after, a strong wind causes one of the brothers to step back, accidentally pushing Jolee off of the roof and into the river next to the house. The father then confronts the mother about the incident, and roughly shoves her backwards before roughly beating one of the boys while the other sits, crying and frustrated about the incident. Twenty-five years later in 1888, the two brothers, one still being frustrated, are sitting with each other while their father comes in with the intention of harming them. One stands up to his father and throws him on the ground. The father suffers a heart attack and dies. At the end of the video, one of the brothers hallucinates seeing Jolee while imprisoned and hugs her, only to reveal he is hugging nothing but empty air. Elize Ryd & Alissa White-Gluz were both featured in the video.

Another video for the single "My Confession" was posted on 10 July 2013 featuring the string quartet group, Eklipse.

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blabbermouth 8.5/10 stars[5]
Metal Storm 8/10 stars[6]
Metal Underground 4.5/5 stars[7]
Pop Matters 8/10 stars[8]
El Lado Oscuro de la Luna 7.5/10 stars[9]
Goetia Media 4.5/5 stars[10]
Sea of Tranquility 4.5/5 stars[11]

The album received mainly positive views, with critics applauding Tommy Karevik's performance as the new lead singer.

Metal Underground praised the album with a four and a half stars out of five stating "'Silverthorn' may appear to be a return of sorts to the uptempo styles of pre-“Poetry,” but in reality it is just a continuation of the greatness from one of the finest power/progressive bands in the business. Personal gripe on Simone’s absence aside, the album stands as one of the finest albums released this year. Expectations were fully met."[7] Blabbermouth also gave the album a positive review saying "For now, Kamelot continues to storm through their glory ride on the surge of a still-hefty fan base no doubt breathing easy that the unexpected departure of Roy Khan didn't lay this unit on the wayside. Instead, the equally animated Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder) steps into Khan's place, wielding his own arsenal of gusty altos and elevating passaggios to keep Kamelot humming on their tenth studio album, Silverthorn."[5]

Tracklisting[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thomas Youngblood, Sascha Paeth, Oliver Palotai and Tommy Karevik, except "Falling Like the Fahrenheit" by Youngblood, Paeth, Palotai, Karevik and Bob Katsionis

No. Title Length
1. "Manus Dei"   2:12
2. "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)" (feat. Elize Ryd & Alissa White-Gluz) 4:39
3. "Ashes to Ashes"   3:58
4. "Torn"   3:51
5. "Song for Jolee"   4:33
6. "Veritas" (feat. Elize Ryd) 4:35
7. "My Confession"   4:34
8. "Silverthorn"   4:52
9. "Falling Like the Fahrenheit" (feat. Elize Ryd) 5:05
10. "Solitaire"   4:56
11. "Prodigal Son"
  • "Part I: Funerale"
  • "Part II: Burden of Shame (The Branding)"
  • "Part III: The Journey" (feat. Alissa White-Gluz)
8:52
12. "Continuum" (silence at 1:53, cello solo at 2:49) 4:17

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Special guests[edit]

  • Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) – clean female vocals on "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)", "Veritas", and "Falling Like the Fahrenheit"
  • Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy) – guttural vocals on "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)" and clean female vocals on "Prodigal Son Part III: The Journey"
  • Cinzia Rizzo - vocals on "Continuum"
  • Sascha Paeth – additional guitars throughout and heavy vocals on "Ashes to Ashes"
  • Miro – keyboards and orchestrations on tracks 2 (with Oliver Palotai), 3, 4, 9, and 10, connection between "Manus Dei" and "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)"
  • Annelise Youngblood – nursery rhymes
  • Silverthorn Children's Choir - Emilie Paeth, Noa Rizzo and Annelise Youngblood
  • Silverthorn Choir - Amanda Somerville, Elize Ryd, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo, Thomas Rettke, Simon Oberender, Cinzia Rizzo
  • Luca Turilli – Latin consultant
  • István Tamás – accordion on "Veritas"
  • Eklipse - strings on "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)", "Falling Like the Fahrenheit" and "My Confession"; produced and recorded by Kai Schumacher & B-Ray at LeFink Studios, Duisburg.[12]
  • Apollo Papathanasio - vocals on "Grace"
  • Niclas Engelin - guitar on "Grace"

Production[edit]

  • Sascha Paeth - producer, engineer, mixing
  • Miro - producer, engineer
  • Simon Oberender - engineer, mastering
  • Olaf Reitmeier, Jim Morris, Michelle Holtkamp, Johan Larsson - engineers

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums Chart[13] 17
Swedish Albums Chart[14] 20
Finnish Albums Chart[15] 28
German Albums Chart[16] 36
GfK Dutch Charts[17] 54
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 55
Oricon Japanese Albums Chart[19] 65
Oricon Japanese International Albums Chart[19] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[20] 70
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 86
Canadian Top Hard Music[21] 7
Spanish Albums Chart[22] 89
French Albums Chart[23] 121
Belgian Ultratop (Flanders)[24] 116
Belgian Ultratop (Wallonia)[25] 133
UK Albums Chart[21] 168
UK (Rock & Metal Charts)[21] 17
UK (Indie Charts)[21] 36
US Billboard Top 200[26] 79
US Billboard Hard Rock Albums[21] 9
US Billboard Top Internet[21] 11
US Billboard Indie Charts[21] 14

References[edit]

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