These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Base Breaker - Poetry for the Poisoned, which traded out Kamelot's usual power/prog style for a heavier goth sound. Many fans were unhappy with the change, including vocalist Roy Khan, who left the band shortly thereafter. Their first two albums are also a source of contention, between those who don't like Vanderbilt's vocals and those who are fine with them.
Averted with Tommy Karevik becoming the new lead singer. Most of the fans are quite happy with Tommy. This is especially surprising considering how much Khan was adored by the fans.
It's probably because Karevik's singing sounds very similar to Khan's.
Europeans Love Kamelot - Though founded in Florida, they only have a strong underground following in North America while they're among the most popular power metal bands in Europe along side giants like Helloween or Nightwish.
FanonDiscontinuity - Some of the fandom like to pretend Dominion and Eternity, and at times even Siege Perilous don't exist.
However, this is Subverted for the most part. The majority of the fans consider them mediocre at best and boring at worst, but they'll usually acknowledge their existence.
Magnum Opus: The Black Halo. Some fans will say Karma or Epica, but most agree that The Black Halo is Kamelot's highest point yet.
In the storyline of The Black Halo, the title track and "Memento Mori", where Ariel calls out Mephisto and resolves to be a good person even though he knows it's too late to save his soul. Knowing the storyline manages to make the already incredible songs even better.
Narm: Mark Vanderbilt's vocals provide very generous amounts of Narm to Eternity and Dominion. Gloriously averted on everything else they've done since.
The entirety of the video for "The Great Pandemonium". Highlights include: the tentacle thing in the background, the woman with the robotic claws growing out of her knee and slicing her thigh repeatedly, and Khan's baglady nails.
Most of the lyrics from the "Elizabeth" songs are quite disturbing.
Older Than They Think - Only rising to prominence around the turn of the century when power metal came back to life on mainland Europe, many will no doubt be surprised to learn the band is over 20 years old.
So Bad, It's Good - Once you're over the shock, Mark Vanderbilt's tortured caterwauling on the first two albums can be a source of guilty entertainment. Challenge yourself to listen to, for example, Eternity followed by the almightily wailed Black Tower, without cracking a smile at any point.
Replacement Scrappy - Inverted with original vocalist Mark Vanderbilt, who is now despised by a large portion of the fandom.
Averted with Tommy Karevik, who has been welcomed with open arms by the majority of the fanbase. While Roy Khan is missed, Silverthorn proved Tommy is no slouch in the lungs department either.
"Don't You Cry," an acoustic ballad about Thomas Youngblood's father, who died before he was born, and "Hunter's Season" which is dedicated to Thomas's mother.
"Love You To Death", a song about a pair of young lovers. The girl is terminally ill.
"Wander" is told from the viewpoint of a drug-addicted man who has come to the realization that his relentless quest for the meaning of life has caused him to lose what was most important to him: his family and his lover. By the end of the song, the poor guy's downright suicidal, leading into "Descent of the Archangel," Epica's Villain Song.
"Abandoned", a ballad told from a man who is crying out to God to be forgiven for his sins, but does not expect to hear him.
The Woobie: The narrator of "Across the Highlands" is immortal, and has become unable to feel sympathy for others because of witnessing so much destruction and warfare. He is wandering to "finalize his history", but sounds unsure if he will succeed.