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Kamelot will enter the studio this June 2009 to record the follow-up to the blockbust CD "Ghost Opera," which spawned 4 high incredible videos, 100+ concerts in more than 22 countries and many sold out shows. Once again enlisting producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, the band plans to use studios in Germany, Norway and the USA for this next massive production. Kamelot's final concerts of 2009 will take place this Summer, including an appearance at the Sonisphere Festival with Metallica in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Kamelot's video producers ICode have uploaded the HD versions of the videos "Ghost Opera," "The Human Stain" and "Rule the World." Click here for access.
Upcoming Kamelot shows:
May 22 Trondheim, NO - Trondheim Rock Fæst
May 23 Elverum, NO - Norsk Skogmuseum
Jun. 05 Sölvesborg, SE - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 07 Tampere, FI - Sauna Open Air Metal Festival
Jun. 18 Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
Jun. 19 Bochum, DE - Zeche
Jun. 20 Nijmegen, NL - Sonisphere Festival
Mar. 26, 2010 Tilburg, NL - 013
Kamelot has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We are back from the amazing European Tour and what great times it has been. Starting with the amazing Tilburg show, sold out many weeks in advance and now nearing another sold status for 2010. The fans were amazing and we cant wait to return with an even bigger show for you. Cologne was also nearly sold out and the crowd was so loud at the Essigfabrik. The afterparty at Cologne's Hard Rock Cafe was a lot of fun and we got to meet so many great people from Germany and surrounding countries. Our first UK tour was a big success, SOLD OUT shows in Glasgow and London was a great bonus.
"Thanks to all the fans in UK for your support!! Following the UK we went to one of Europe's best concert venues, Z7 in Pratteln Switzerland. The place was packed and it was a Tuesday and in my opinion the best Z7 show the band has done. Then we made it to our first appearance in Toulouse, thanks to all the fans that came out. We had a blast! Next up SPAIN!! What can I say? All the shows in Spain were amazing for us, Barcelona was soooo loud. At the SOLD OUT Madrid show the soundman couldn't hear the PA over the crowd singing. Alicante was a perfect final night with a big stage and new fans to see us. All in all the tour was another step for Kamelot and the Kamelot Nation!!
"I want to say many thanks to the Kamelot Crew: Jeroen, Raymond, Rich, Ingo, Holger, Roger and Linda. Thanks as well to the driver on this tour Bjorn (Il Divo), Anne-Catrin, Pako, Rocky, Thomas at ICS, Rudolph and Gabriel at Gold and Bold, Red Car Coaches all local promoters, Sarah at Artworx, the bands DELAIN, SERENITY, AMBERIAN DAWN, DREAM EVIL and local bands that played on this tour. And MEGA Thanks to all the fans that came out!!!
"See you all this Summer!!"
Here are the upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...
After Kamelot's sold-out Tilburg show on March 20th, the band is pleased to announce their return to The Netherlands on March 27th, 2010 at Tilburg 013 in support of their next CD release due early 2010. Tickets go on sale this Friday March 27, 2009 through Ticketmaster.nl.
Upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...
Power metal band Kamelot has issued the following statement about their upcoming European tour:
"Well its less than one week from the European Tour kickoff at the SOLD OUT Tilburg Netherland show on March 20th. I can honestly say I have never been so excited about a tour as I am with this one. Once we arrive in Europe early next week we will finish preparations for the tour and will lay a smack down each and every night. New cities and venues include Tilburg, Netherlands, Cologne Germany, Dublin Ireland, Glasgow Scotland, Leeds GB, Tolouse France and Alicante Spain. We return to some tried and true cities like London, Pratteln and the country we played our first headliner shows, Spain! ¡Te Extraño Mucho!
"Regardless of the country, Kamelot fans have a unique and special soul. What else is happening in the KamelotNation, well we will release the Double LP Vinyl versions of Ghost Opera and The Black Halo. I have received the first versions of these LPs and I could not be happier with them."
American power metal band Kamelot has issued the following update about writing new material:
"To the Kamelot Nation United !!
"Greetings from Elverum, Norway, its the final day of the Ottertepp Sessions, the first of 4 writing sessions for Kamelot's next full length album. Well we can now reveal the location of the cabin here in Norway, it belongs to Lord Teksnes and is located in Sørskogbygda Norway.
"The cabin has been the perfect place for our first taste of the new songs and direction for the songwriting. We would like to thank Lord Teksnes for the cabin and also all the Norwegian Press that visited us while working up here.
"We would also like to thank Tommi, Sami and all at Nokia for their support with the Royal Artist Club. This is just the beginning of many exciting blogs we hope to bring you guys in the coming months. See you all at the live shows coming up in the coming days!"
Kamelot's performance at the Cathouse in Glasgow, Scotland has been moved from Thursday, March 26th to Friday, March 27th.
On another note, Kamelot has been added to the Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place in Solvesborg, Sweden on Saturday, June 6th. The festival also features Heaven & Hell, In Flames, ZZ Top, Dream Theater, Amon Amarth and many more. For more information, visit www.swedenrock.com.
Here is a list of the upcoming Kamelot tour dates: More...
American power/progressive metal band Kamelot has just announced that they will be joining the Royal Artist Club, an endeavor powered by Nokia which allows international artists to "give fans a glimpse of their everyday lives" from their mobile phones. You can go to their RAC page here.
" 'We are extremely happy join up with Nokia and the Royal Artists Club. We look forward to many great moments on the road, in the studio, and behind the scenes and all our friends will be able to follow along,' states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood"
On their RAC page, they've made it known that they're in a lodge somewhere in Norway and have begun recording their next album. They will reveal more details about their current location as time passes, probably with each RAC post.
Sanders Gommans of After Forever has given further news on his new project which, up 'til this point, we've had nothing to judge it on since no material was present at the time. Now, a video made by D'Images (famous for working with After Forever, Stream of Passion, Ayreon, and Nemesea) has been released with audio samples of HDK's forthcoming debut, "System Overload." You can view the video below.
In addition, Amanda Somerville, who has worked with Ayreon, Epica, and Kamelot, has been participating in the project.
System Overload will be released on February 23rd.
American power/progressive metal band Kamelot has just announced the following spring tour dates.
"The concerts for this spring are selling fast! Make sure you get your tickets early. Here is the concert listing for dates in 2009: More...
Power/Progressive metal band Kamelot has just been confirmed for Norway's Classic Rock Festival in Sandnes, which starts on May 20th, and ends on the 23rd. Their set in particular is on the 21st. For more information, please visit Classic Rock Festival's website or Scanticket's order page for the event.
Florida power metal band Kamelot has issued the following update about their 2009 plans:
"As 2008 is winding down we look back at this incredible year with so many fantastic memories! From the amazing headliner shows in Europe, North America and Japan to the festivals in Europe including the 70,000 screaming fans at Wacken Open Air. Its been a banner year for us, and thanks to all the fans we have achieved new milestones in our journey.
Now that 2009 looms near, we look forward to what is ahead for you and Kamelot. Another European Headliner tour is set for Spring 2009, including a longer UK leg. We will visit some new cities and venues on this anticipated trip.
We also start one of several songwriting sessions in January 2009. Thomas will join me here in the mountains of Norway to begin work on the next Kamelot album. We will take some photos of the sessions and keep you all in touch with our progress. We want to thank all of you for this amazing year and wish all of you a Happy New Year! 2009 will definitely rock!"
New Jersey symphonic metal band, Operatika have moved the release date of their new album, "The Calling," to a sooner date of October 24, 2008 through Scarlet Records. Below is the list of all tracks from the album. You can now listen to song "Dark Horizon" on their Myspace page.
The tracklisting for "The Calling" is as follows:
3. Tears Of The Sun
4. Dark Horizon
5. Ice Queen
6. Life Saving Flame
7. No. 3/23 In A Minor
8. Mask In The Mirror
9. Secrets Of The Past
10. The Storm
11. The Calling
12. Last Quest More...
Mastermind and multi-talent Oliver Palotai signs to Napalm Records with his band SONS OF SEASONS. Oliver, who also plays guitars in Doro and keyboards in Kamelot, promises that the debut album will deliver a symphonic metal masterpiece.
Oliver Palotai comments: "We are very happy to announce that with Napalm Records, we found the right partner with which to bring our music from the cradle to the ears of metal and rock fans all around the world. Since the beginning in 2007, Sons Of Seasons turned out to be the melting pot of all our creative energies and we are impatient to finally get into the studio and go on tour. In early 2009, we will introduce the first chapter of Sons of Seasons by releasing our debut album 'Gods of Vermin'."
Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot has checked in from Finland with the following update:
"Thomas here from Helsinki. We stayed a few days later to enjoy this great city and meet some friends. Annkarock was a ton of fun and it was great to see some familiar faces in the audience. After the show we all headed over to Henry's Pub for the infamous Sunday Jam. Casey [Grillo, drums] and our buddy Lauri Porra sat in on a few songs, it was great! Anyway, we will see some of you in a few weeks in Lillehammer and Assen!"
Photos from the band's recent appearance at Wacken Open Air festival can be found on the Kamelot MySpace.
Royal Anguish has sent in an update on their recording progress and more:
"First and foremost, the recording process for our upcoming CD The Grand Deception is moving forward full steam. As many of your know, the original production of this CD saw recording start last summer. Unfortunately the recordings were not coming along as anticipated, so we made the decision to blow the whole thing up and start from scratch once we had resolved the issues that had hindered the original sessions.
"After reassessing our processes and songwriting, we "restarted" the process in December of 2007 with a new outlook, and we are happy to report that we have a large portion of the process complete. We are deep into the guitar and keyboard tracking and hope to have a few advance / rough versions up on the web for all to hear in the not too distant future. We are much happier with the path the CD has taken and we are very eager to get new tracks out to the masses so that we can officially start the newest chapter of RA’s existence."
The CD currently is slated to have 11 songs (plus an opening). The song titles are as follows:
DAWN OF THE NEW AGE (intro)
ONLY THE WEAK SURVIVE
PLEASE EDUCATE ME
INTO THE WILDERNESS
THY PALE EXISTENCE
SULLEN EYES REVISITED
BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS
DIRT AT YOUR FEET
THE GRAND DECEPTION
"We also are proud to announce that MORPHIA’s frontman Jasper Pietersen will make a guest appearance on the title track of our CD. Jasper’s a great guy and we couldn’t be any happier finding a way to include him on this project. We have multiple other guest appearances lined up, but we’ll wait until we have the tracking done and in hand before making those official announcements.
"Lastly we'd like to give a shout out to our bassist Sean Tibbetts who once again will be out on the road with KAMELOT during the upcoming European tour. I think everyone (in both bands) is keeping their fingers crossed that Sean returns back without any injuries this time (last KAMELOT tour he blew his knee out during the first bar of the first song of the first show... yeeeouch!). Please check the KAMELOT website for tour dates and make sure to come out and show support!"
"Rule the World", the new video from American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT, can be viewed here.
KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood recently stated about the clip, "We were all floored by the final outcome. It was great to get back to Belgrade to shoot and hang out with the creative team there. The video will certainly be one if not the best video we have ever done. The graphics and visuals are amazing and it was fun to see my character on the screen this time as a bad guy."
KAMELOT has just reissued its classic "Ghost Opera" album under the title of "Ghost Opera - The Second Coming", enhanced with lots of interesting features. The album was released as a double CD limited-edition slipcase design. This sophisticated and comprehensive package includes the CD featuring all the songs from the regular album, plus ten additional live tracks recorded live in Belgrade Serbia during the band's 2007 world tour, the bonus tracks "Seasons End", "Pendulous Fall", "Epilogue" and the remix of "Rule The World". The two videos for "Human Stain" and "Memento Mori" (live) are included, and on top of that, the package features new artwork and a comprehensive booklet. More...
German melodic metallers EDGUY will play three headlining shows as exclusive warm-up dates prior to their tour with KAMELOT. These dates will feature EDGUY alongside local acts and will serve as their only three headline dates this year.
The details are as follows:
Oct. 10 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Oct. 11 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Oct. 12 - Montreal, QUE @ Club Soda
American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT will embark on a U.S. headlining tour in the fall. "Special guests" on most of the shows will be German metallers EDGUY.
Tickets will go on sale today exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 11, at which point they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
KAMELOT U.S. dates are as follows:
Oct. 10 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Oct. 14 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East *
Oct. 15 - New York City, NY @ BB Kings *
Oct. 16 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx *
Oct. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's *
Oct. 18 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room *
Oct. 20 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4 *
Oct. 23 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *
Oct. 24 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater *
Oct. 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's *
Oct. 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club *
Oct. 27 - Mexicali, MX @ El Jardin Silencio *
Oct. 29 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Oct. 31 - San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov. 01 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Nov. 02 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
* With EDGUY
It is expected that one more show will be added for KAMELOT in Atlanta. There will also be some yet-to-be-announced EDGUY headline dates prior to the start of the KAMELOT tour.
Mercenary, Cynic and Machine Men have recently been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air Festival, which takes place July 31 to August 2 in Wacken, Germany.
Other bands set to perform at the festival:
3 Inches lf Blood
As I Lay Dying
At the Gates
Axel Rudi Pell
Before the Dawn
Children of Bodom
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Greek melodic metal sensation FIREWIND will release its successor to 2006’s Allegiance album on March 24th, 2008.
Guitarist Gus G. checks in with details on the programmatically entitled The Premonition:
“The Premonition is a strong title and our drummer Mark came up with the idea. A premonition means feeling something is about to happen. We’ve worked hard the past two years and we just have a premonition that 2008 is going to be a very fun and exciting year for us as we plan to visit again many places and countries and hope to play for our fans as well as make new ones!
Of course, you can interpret the album title in any way you want. Some people might read our lyrics and see that at times they’re about the course of mankind and the so-called “end of days”. So maybe this could be taken also as a warning or omen, because it’s definitely something that has been on our minds lately.
I feel that the new Firewind album is yet another step up in our career – musically speaking. Once again we aimed for a highly variable effort as I really don’t like those albums where you’ve listened to the first song and it’s like you heard them all! This doesn’t happen on a Firewind album and certainly not on the new one!
Regarding touring, we’ll start off in Europe right after the album’s release and we’ll spend about five weeks on the road with KAMELOT (we recently toured Japan with them and it was just fantastic!). We plan to return to the US right after that, but no dates are confirmed yet. Of course, a Japan and Pan-Asian tour is being planned currently as well as several appearances at summer festivals."
The artwork for The Premonition (pictured) was created by Brazilian artist Gustavo Sazes (www.abstrata.net).