The Human Stain is an exploration of the disconnect between what people know is important and what people treat as important. It asserts that this is a direct result of human nature, being too swept up in our own lives to give our time to the world’s larger problems.
Blücher was a Nazi warship that was sunk during the invasion of Norway on April 9th, 1940 with heavy casualties. Through lyrics and background VO, this song tells the story of a soldier on the Blücher as it is going down, remembering a woman he loved and wondering if she even remembers him.
Love You To Death.Loosely based on a Japanese legend, this song tells the story of a young couple. The girl is sick and dying, and after she passes, the boy lives his life without her and is unable to heal. Amanda Somerville joins Roy Khan on vocals to tell the story.
Up Through The Ashes.This song is sung from the perspective of Pontius Pilate, who in the Bible sentences Jesus to death at the insistence of an uncontrollable crowd. According to the New Testament, he wants to release Jesus but the crowd pressures him into releasing Barabbas, a murderer, instead.
Silence Of The Darkness. It shows lyricist Roy Khan’s experience of writing the lyrics for this song while sleep deprived, creatively tapped, and under pressure to finish.
Anthem.This song is written for vocalist Roy Khan’s son, Gabriel, a few weeks before he was born. It is one of the softest ballads Kamelot has ever done, and expresses the magnitude and uncertainty of becoming a parent for the first time.
Season's End.This is the second limited edition bonus track on the album. It is sung from the perspective of an old man who remembers someone from long ago who is now dying. While it is implied that the person he remembers is an old flame, the song never explicitly states that it was a romantic relationship and could also be a platonic friendship or a sibling. In any case, he has regrets about never reconnecting with the person and is somewhat in denial of the whole thing.
The pendulous fall.While Kamelot has touched on the topic of suicide before, especially with Wander, Helena’s Theme and Across the Highlands, this is by and far the rawest portrayal of it. We see two depressed people, one on the verge of committing suicide, and one who has chosen to endure the pain trying to talk the other out of suicide.The story is very true to life and the arguments are consistent with what you should do if someone is suicidal.