Kamelot Signs With Steamhammer/SPV, Working On New Album
Kamelot has returned to the Steamhammer/SPV fold for a worldwide deal (excluding Japan). The group, surrounding guitarist and composer Thomas Youngblood, is currently working on the drum recordings with renowned sound engineer Jim Morris at the Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida, before work on the album is due to be completed at Wolfsburg's Gate studios under the direction of producer Sascha Paeth (Edguy, Avantasia, Rhapsody).
The title of Kamelot's current release will be announced at the end of June, together with the name of the band's new vocalist. However, according to Youngblood, one thing is certain: "Our fans can really look forward to our new record, because it represents Kamelot in every way!"
Youngblood commented on the style and content of the album: "The new songs sound more symphonic and melodic than our last two studio recordings. The material brings to mind albums such as Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005). In addition, this will be the best production that Kamelot have ever delivered. Because while other acts tend to opt for low-budget productions due to the difficult market situation, we have gone the opposite way: the new album will be a real statement, in terms of our compositions as well as in terms of our sound."
The album has been scheduled for release on September 24th, 2012 in Europe, September 21st in Germany, and September 25th in North America. Kamelot is set to play a number of festivals (among them Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head) as early as July and August before embarking on a U.S. tour alongside Nightwish in September/October and a major headliner tour of Europe in November 2012.
"We are more than proud to welcome back one of the best metal bands around here at SPV. From 2005 to 2009 we had already had the pleasure of working very successfully with Thomas Youngblood & Co, which we will continue and increase with the new masterpiece coming in September 2012," says Olly Hahn (A&R SPV/Steamhammer).
Thomas Youngblood is obviously happy with the resumption of this extremely successful cooperation: "Our new album marks another step and a new chapter for Kamelot and our amazing fans! We are very pleased to be working again with the entire SPV team on this very exciting release."
Andreas Rennmann of Brinkmann & Partner adds: "I´m absolutely proud to welcome Kamelot back to SPV. We all believe in the fantastic history of Kamelot and are absolutely sure that this upcoming release will be one of the most successful albums!"
7/12: CZ-Vizovice - Masters Of Rock Festival
7/13: D-Balingen - Bang Your Head Festival
7/15: BG-Kavarna - Kavarna Rock Festival
8/3: D-Wacken - Wacken Open Air
9/8: MEX-Mexico City - Circo Volador (together with Symphony X)
Kaemlot as special guest on the Nightwish USA-Tour
9/10: St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre (Headliner Show)
9/12: Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
9/13: Atlanta, GA - Center Stag
9/14: West Springfield, VA - Empire (Headliner Show)
9/15: New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
9/16: Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/17: Worcester, MA - The Palladium
9/19: Montreal, QC - Cepsum University Of Montreal
9/20: Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
9/21: Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
9/22: Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar (Headliner Show)
9/23: Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
9/24: Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
9/25: Sauget, IL - Pop`s
9/27: Kansas City, Mo - The Beaumont Club
9/28: Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
9/29: Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
10/1: Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
10/2: Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10/3: San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
10/4: Ventura, CA - Ventura Theater (Headliner Show)
10/5: Anaheim, CA - The Grove
10/6: San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
10/7: Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
10/9: Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
10/10: Austin, TX - Emo`s
10/11: New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
10/13: Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
10/14: Lake Buena Vista, FL - House Of Blues
Headliner Europe Tour
11/2: NL-Eindhoven - Effenaar
11/13: CH-Pratteln - Z7
11/4: F-Paris - Le Bataclan
11/5: D-Stuttgart - LKA/Longhorn
11/6: B-Antwerp - Trix
11/7: GB-London - HMV Forum
11/9: E-Barakaldo - Rockstar Live
11/10: E-Madrid - Sala Arena
11/11: E-Barcelona - Razzmatazz 2
11/13: I-Bologna - Estragon
11/14: A-Vienna - Szene
11/16: D-Berlin - C-Club
11/17: D-Geiselwind - Musichall
11/18: D-Cologne - Essigfabrik
11/20: D-Hamburg - Markthalle
11/21: DK-Copenhagen - Vega
11/22: SE-Stockholm - Göta Källare
11/23: SE-Gothenburg - Trädgarn
11/24: NO-Oslo - Sentrum Scene
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