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Formed: 1991
From: Tampa, FL, United States
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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.

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Kamelot Prepares For European Tour

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."

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Kamelot Writing New Album

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!"

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Kamelot's Glasgow Concert Date Changed

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...

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Kamelot Joins Royal Artist Club, and 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.

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Sanders of After Forever Provides a HDK Sneak Peak

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.

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Kamelot Posts Spring Tour Dates

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...

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Kamelot Confirmed for Classic Rock Festival

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.

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Kamelot Provides 2009 Plans Update

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!"

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Operatika Reveals New Album Details

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:
1. Intro
2. Gladiator
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...

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Sons of Seasons Signs To Napalm Records

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'."

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Kamelot Guitarist Checks in From Finland

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.

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Royal Anguish Update On New Album and More

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
LOVELORN BETRAYAL
DIRT AT YOUR FEET
THE GRAND DECEPTION
DEMON SEED
KINDRED SPIRITS

"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!"

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Kamelot Release "Rule The World" Video

"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...

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Edguy Announce North American Headlining Tour

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

These shows are on sale now exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until April 24, at which point they will be made available through normal ticketing systems. More...

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Kamelot To Team Up With Edguy For U.S. Tour

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.

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Mercenary, Cynic, Machine Men Confirmed For Wacken

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
Autumn
Avantasia
Axel Rudi Pell
Axxis
Before the Dawn
Carcass
Children of Bodom
Corvus Corax
Crematory
Destructor
Dream of an Opium Eater
Enemy of the Sun
Ensiferum
Excremetory Grindfuckers
Exodus
Girugamesh
Gorerotted
Gorgoroth
Grave
Hatebreed
Headhunter
Iron Maiden
Kamelot
Killswitch Engage
Kreator
Krypteria
Lord Belial
Lordi
Nifelheim
Nightwish
Obituary
Opeth
Powerwolf
Primordial
Psycho Punch
Sabaton
Saltatio Mortis
Soilwork
Sonata Arctica
The Bones
Van Canto
Warbringer
Watain

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Firewind Reveal New Album Title

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).
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Kamelot Complete Filming New Videos

American/Norwegian melodic metallers KAMELOT have issued the following update:

"In a fast four days we have come and gone from Belgrade, Serbia for the shooting of our next videos. All we can say is the ride gets wilder! Thanks to Stacca and all the fine people at ICode, all the actors, models, staff, crew and director/visionary Ivan Colic. Also to the very friendly people we met in Belgrade, we are looking forward to the concert in April!"

"Ghost Opera" is KAMELOT's third release for SPV/Steamhammer Records. The CD was recorded and mixed at Gate Studios and Pathway Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Artwork was handled by Mattias Norén with contributions by Alexandra V. Bach, Liliana Sanchez and Derek Gores.

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Before The Dawn Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Finland's BEFORE THE DAWN is the latest act confirmed for next summer's Wacken Open Air Festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany.

The Wacken Open Air Festival will be headlined by IRON MAIDEN (on July 31st). The current line-up includes: AT THE GATES, AUTUMN, AVANTASIA, AXXIS, BEFORE THE DAWN, CARCASS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, CORVUS CORAX, CREMATORY, DESTRUCTOR, DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER, ENEMY OF THE SUN, EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS, EVOCATION, GIRUGÄMESH, GOREROTTED, GORGOROTH, HATEBREED, IRON MAIDEN, KAMELOT, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, KREATOR, KRYPTERIA, LORD BELIAL, LORDI, NIFELHEIM, NIGHTWISH, OBITUARY, AXEL RUDI PELL, POWERWOLF, PRIMORDIAL, SABATON, SALTATIO MORTIS, SONATA ARCTICA, THE BONES, WARBRINGER.

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Nightwish Confirmed For Wacken Open Air 2008

Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH have been been confirmed for next year's installment of the Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

AS I LAY DYING
AT THE GATES
AUTUMN
AVANTASIA
AXXIS
CARCASS
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CREMATORY
DESTRUCTOR
DREAM OF AN OPIUM EATER
EXCREMENTORY GRINDFUCKERS
GOREROTTED
GORGOROTH
HATEBREED
IRON MAIDEN
KAMELOT
KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
KREATOR
KRYPTERIA
LORD BELIAL
NIGHTWISH
OBITUARY
POWERWOLF
PRIMORDIAL
SABATON
SALTATIO MORTIS
SONATA ARCTICA
THE BONES

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