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Below is our complete Kamelot news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Kamelot's "March of Mephisto" video, featuring Dimmu Borgir's Shagrath, has been added to iFilm. Check it out at www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2671746.
Kamelot has just confirmed that they will be performing in São Paulo, Brazil on December 3rd at Via Funchal. For more information, visit www.viafunchal.com.br.
Kamelot's video for the track 'The Haunting' has been posted online at the band's official website. You can watch it online here.
According to Kamelot's official website, Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (Dimmu Borgir, Lacuna Coil, In Flames) of Revolver Films has completed filming a second video from the band's forthcoming album, "The Black Halo". The video for "March Of Mephisto" will feature a special appearance by Dimmu Borgir vocalist Shagrath.
The first video done with Ullaeus, "The Haunting", was shot in Göthenburg, Sweden, earlier this month. The video includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Check out the photos from the shoot here.
Kamelot's new album, "The Black Halo", is scheduled to be released on March 15 through SPV Records.
Kamelot's new album, "The Black Halo", will be released in Japan on February 16 and will include two bonus tracks ("Epilogue" and "Soul Society" radio edit), according to the group's management. The European version, which is scheduled to it stores on March 14, will be a limited-edition digipak with two additional bonus cuts ("The Haunting" radio edit and "March of Mephisto" radio edit). The CD is scheduled for release in North America on March 15 via SPV Records.
"The Black Halo", which was recently named Album of the Month by the writers of Burrn! (Japan's biggest and most respected metal magazine), was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate and Pathway studios in Germany. Guest musicians on the album include Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir), Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Simone Simons (Epica), Mari (Masqueraid), as well as the Kamelot choir, featuring Herbie Langhans (Seventh Avenue), Amanda Somerville-Scharf, Miro, Gerit Göbel, Thomas Rettke (Heaven's Gate) and Elisabeth Kjaernes, among others.
Kamelot is heading to Sweden to film the following 2 videos: "March Of Mephisto" and "The Haunting." Both songs are from their upcoming album "The Black Halo." The director is Patric Ullaeus.
Dimmu Borgir frontman Shagrath sings on the Kamelot track "March Of Mephisto." There has been no word as to whether or not he will actually appear in the video.
Tour dates for the upcoming European tour for "The Black Halo" with Kotipelto and Epica are as follows: More...
Kamelot's brand new album, "The Black Halo," is scheduled to be released on February 28, 2005 through SPV. Song titles expected to appear on the album include "March Of Mephisto", "When The Lights Are Down", "The Black Halo", "Moonlight Falling", "Abandoned", "Pride", "Master Of The Game", "Soul Society", "Serenade", and "Nothing Ever Dies".
Jens Johansson will appear as special guest soloist on two new songs for "The Black Halo". Jens' unique style fits perfectly into Kamelot's musical approach. The band once again thanks Jens for stepping in and doing great job on the solos!
According to Kamelot's official website:
Stratovarius keyboardist Jens Johansson will appear as a guest soloist on two songs for their new album, "The Black Halo." According to the band, "Jens' unique style fits perfectly into Kamelot's musical approach."
As previously reported, Epica singer Simone Simons will also be making a guest appearance on the album. "The Black Halo" will be released in early 2005 through SPV, with a European tour slated to begin in March. Details will be announced soon.
Official photos from this year's ProgPower USA V festival held in Atlanta, Georgia on September 17-18 have been posted online here.
The photos were taken by Todd Brown, the festival's official photographer.
Kamelot have posted this update on their official website:
Kamelot is in the finishing stages of their newest follow up to the successful album, "Epica." The new release working title "The Black Halo" is due out in early 2005 on Steamhammer/SPV Records. Songs include "March Of Mephisto," "When The Lights Are Down," "Moonlight Falling," "The Black Halo," "Abandoned," "Master Of The Game" and more. Produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro and recorded at Gate Studio/Germany. Special guests include Jens Johansson(keyboards/Stratovarius) and Simone Simons (vocals/Epica). The band will follow the release with Black Halo Over Europe Tour 2005 in March/April.
In addition, new Kamelot avatars are available for download on their website here.
Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted this update on the band's official website:
OK, we are taking a week break while the band Epica is working on guitars and vocals. We need a break! Khan will be back in Germany soon from the choir sessions. After that, we will record the strings for the album. We have assembled the best players for this "Kamelot Orchestra." The drums are now finished, I will see if Casey can post some more tidbits on the final sessions.
Check out some more studio photos from the recording process here and click on "Studio Journal 2004."
Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted this studio update at the band's official website:
We are nearing the end of our visit to Germany and we are very, very pleased with the sessions. Khan has once again surpassed himself and the vocals are killer! Guitars are quite killer if I do say so myself ;) We are planning some very special appearances on the album but I cannot reveal anymore details yet. We also had a great meeting with SPV Records in Hannover and the plans for the release and World Tour are right on schedule. Some more titles for ya; 'Pride', and a beautiful piano ballad titled 'Abandoned'. We are planning the orchestral players for this one now.
Back soon! Thomas
Ben Jackson and Midnight of Crimson Glory fame have been confirmed as special guests at ProgPower USA V on Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18 Earthlink Live in Atlanta. The duo made their last appearance together in June at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles’ "Six Pack" festival in June, where they performed a rare acoustic set together. Jackson and Midnight will join previously announced special guest Timo Kotipelto (Kotipelto, Stratovarius) and vocalist Rob Rock.
ProgPower USA V will be headlined by current and former members of Savatage, uniting for one night only, along with Edguy, Kamelot, Pain of Salvation, Wuthering Heights, Dreamscape, Adagio, Brainstorm, Tad Morose, and Into Eternity.
The show officially sold out in early May, making it the third consecutive year ProgPower has sold out more than four months in advance.
For more information on the event, go to www.progpowerusa.com.
According to a posting on Kamelot's web site, guitarist Thomas Youngblood and singer Roy Khan will soon be heading back to Germany to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to last year's "Epica," tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. Vocal sessions and guitar sessions will be done as well as the recording of several guest appearances. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "March of Mephisto," "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade." A Japanese tour will likely take place in December, to be followed by a European trek beginning in January 2005.
Florida-based power metallers Kamelot have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. The following is the latest studio report from drummer Casey Grillo:
"Hey everyone, WOW, it’s been a crazy week! Lots of grueling work recording drums….. My day goes so quick. First thing I do after waking up is call [guitarist] Thom [Youngblood] and talk about the next song I will be recording that day. Also to see what he thinks about the last song I recorded. If everything is fine with the last song. I go out in to my studio, turn all the equipment on and check to make sure everything is working. So many things to keep up with when recording drums (about 12 to 14 microphones!) My job as a drummer is to also tune the drums, change drumheads and put tape around my blisters. Also funny how my job as a 'Recording Engineer' is to make sure the drummer has tuned his drums, changed the drum heads and to put tape around his poor little blisters so he doesn’t complain about them later.
So far the drum recording has been going great! All the song are sounding extremely heavy. I’ve recorded a few songs now and I can tell you this Kamelot album is gonna be bad-ass."
Kamelot drummer Casey Grillo has entered the studio this week, kicking off the recording for the next album, according to the band's official website.
In addition, guitarist Thomas Youngblood posted this message:
Sorry I have not been around to post anything lately, we have been very, very busy with the new album. Its going great and better than I expected. I am usually very critical at this point but the songs, the artwork, the story, everything is falling into place just right. Tomorrow I will go to see Casey in the studio in Tampa, a few miles from my home in Florida. We will go over the drums parts and take some photos for the site. As some of you know Casey is also a great engineer, he has his own studio and this makes things much easier for us. The sound is very fat and heavy. I will return to Germany in a few weeks for the final guitars, vocals and choir parts. Overall the production has a heavier sound along with the darker subject matter of the lyrics. I am loving it TBH. OK, keep up the good Karma amongst all of us. We need it in these troubled times!
Cheers - Thomas"
Current and former members of Savatage will unite for one night only to headline ProgPower V this September in Atlanta.
The festival, which will be held September 17 and 18 at Earthlink Live, will feature Jon Oliva, Zak Stevens, Chris Caffery, and Steve "Dr. Kill Drums" Wacholz performing a set from Savatage's entire discography in an exclusive performance. In addition to the full set, fans can expect a sneak preview of Jon Oliva's "Tage Mahal."
"I'm really excited about this show," said Stevens. "The last time I did a full show with these guys was at the PopComm Festival in Germany 1999. I've been waiting for the right time for us to get together. That time has come and where better than the ProgPower festival?" More...
KAMELOT's previously announced dates in Monterrey and Guadalajara have been cancelled by their Mexican promoter, Ekosysmusik. No reason was given for the cancellation. The group's EpicaFest date in Mexico City will go ahead as planned on February 14, with five support bands also on the bill, including Californian metallers CAGE.
As previously reported, KAMELOT are currently writing material for the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due this summer through SPV Records. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "March of Mephisto", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade".
Upcoming KAMELOT shows:
Feb. 14 - Mexico City, MEX @ TBA
Feb. 28 - Granada, SPA @ Piorno Rock Festival