Genre: Power Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Napalm Records
Year: 2015

Maybe the only band based on the other side of the Atlantic that was able to look in the eyes the European symphonic and euro-power metal bands and managed to extend enormously its growth with a European vocalist, a gifted talent that unfortunately after an enviable career in the genre, he chose to follow the path of God. When he took this decision everybody was shocked, let alone Youngblood who was building up the tracks upon him. In life it’s better to learn to leave the past behind and look at what lies ahead. It is pointless attaching yourself to the past, if someone has taken his decision. He won’t go back to what he used to belive or set aside his decision. Those who cannot live without Khan, the best thing to do is to go and find him where he preaches His word. I don’t know if he’ll sing to you. It took me about an album («Silverthorn») to digest that he left us. Musically speaking I didn’t enjoy the previous album, plus the fact that Karevik fell into the trap of sounding like his predecessor, so I decided to keep a distance, waiting for their new work.

Fortunately in «Haven» Youngblood found his form synthetically and made his magic tricks again. Certainly, I’d say that the grey clouds dissolved and the new record will convince even the most skeptical person about whether if the album or Karevik are worth another shot. If «Silverthorn» was the transition between the old and the new era, «Haven» comes to confirm triumphantly the returning of Kamelot to the top and clear each challenging trail. All the elements that made Kamelot famous are in this album. Symphonic power metal with dark melancholy, velvet melodies, aggressive and ballad-like songs with bombastic epic emotion exuded, reaches at a point to groovy mood and in a couple of tracks they added industrial elements. Karevik seems to be very comfortable and offers some significant and unique renditions, and equally significant is the participation of the awesome Charlotte Wessels (Delain), as well as Alissa’s White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Troy Donockley (Nightwish) respectively. Production once again by the hands of Sascha Paeth. I think there’s no need for further words for what you are about to hear.

I will classify it easily as one of the band’s best albums, since almost all the songs are top to very good. It is difficult to choose any of the tracks, but the leading are «Beautiful Apocalypse» and «Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy) ». Following «Insomnia», «Fallen Star», «Veil Of Elysium» with the catchy choruses, while the rest «Under Grey Skies», «Revolution» (with industrial influences), «End Of Innocence», «My Therapy» don’t get drugged behind. A candidate to occupy the top.

5/6