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The Shadow Theory is the twelfth studio album by the American power metal band Kamelot. The album is produced by Sascha Paeth and was released on April 6, 2018. Guests on the album include Lauren Hart (Once Human) and Jennifer Haben (Beyond the Black).[8]

The Shadow Theory
The Shadow Theory, Kamelot Album 2018.jpg
Studio album by Kamelot
Released April 6, 2018
Genre
Length 52:13
Label Napalm
Producer Sascha Paeth, Kamelot
Kamelot chronology
Haven
(2015)Haven2015
The Shadow Theory
(2018)
Singles from The Shadow Theory
  1. "RavenLight"
    Released: March 3, 2018[1]
  2. "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)"
    Released: March 29, 2018[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Dangerdog 5/5[3]
Exclaim! 6/10[4]
Metal Hammer 6/7[5]
Sea of Tranquility 5/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[7]

It is the first studio album to feature Johan Nunez, replacing longtime member Casey Grillo on drums, who had departed from the band on February 5, 2018, to pursue other musical and touring opportunities and to focus on his drumhead company.[9]

Contents

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Oliver Palotai, Sascha Paeth, Thomas Youngblood & Tommy Karevik, except "The Last Day of Sunlight" by Palotai, Paeth, Youngblood, Karevik and Bob Katsionis.

No. Title Length
1. "The Mission" 1:30
2. "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)" 4:05
3. "RavenLight" 3:38
4. "Amnesiac" 3:40
5. "Burns to Embrace" 5:53
6. "In Twilight Hours" 4:15
7. "Kevlar Skin" 4:05
8. "Static" 3:58
9. "MindFall Remedy" 3:22
10. "Stories Unheard" 4:24
11. "Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)" 3:58
12. "The Proud and the Broken" 6:24
13. "Ministrium (Shadow Key)" 3:02
Total length: 52:13

PersonnelEdit

Band membersEdit

Guest membersEdit

  • Lauren Hart (Once Human) – guest vocals and growls on "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)", growls on "MindFall Remedy"
  • Jennifer Haben (Beyond the Black) – guest vocals on "In Twilight Hours"

CrewEdit

  • Sascha Paeth – production, mixing, engineering, additional guitars and keys, and growls on "The Proud and the Broken"
  • Jacob Hansen – mastering
  • Stefan Heilemann – artwork, layout
  • Choir: Oliver Hartmann, Herbie Langhans, Cloudy Yang, Annie Berens, Nadine Ruch, Evelyn Mank, Thomas Dalton Youngblood

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 60
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[13] 60
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[14] 24
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 13
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[16] 27
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[17] 74
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 55
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 13
US Billboard 200[20] 141
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[21] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[22] 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kamelot Premiere New Song "RavenLight" From Upcoming New Album "Shadow Theory"". Metal Underground. March 3, 2018. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Video Premiere: KAMELOT's 'Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)'". Blabbermouth.net. March 29, 2018. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  3. ^ Craig Hartranft. "Album Review: Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". Dangerdog. Retrieved March 29, 2018. 
  4. ^ Max Morin. "Kamelot – The Shadow Theory (Album Review)". Exclaim!. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ Lisa Gratzke. "Kamelot THE SHADOW THEORY". metal-hammer.de. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  6. ^ Pete Pardo. "Album Review: Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved March 25, 2018. 
  7. ^ Christopher Geriak. "Album Review: Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  8. ^ "KAMELOT: 'The Shadow Theory' Cover Artwork, Release Date Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. January 25, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  9. ^ "KAMELOT Parts Ways With Drummer CASEY GRILLO, Announces Replacement". Blabbermouth.net. February 5, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kamelot: The Shadow Theory" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  16. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 15. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  17. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kamelot – The Shadow Theory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Kamelot Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  21. ^ "Kamelot Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "Kamelot Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved April 17, 2018.