After the canceled North American tour, there has been much theorizing, but little hard facts surrounding the last minute decision by Roy Khan to return to Norway for “medical treatment.” In an interview last week with the Norwegian daily newspaper, Østlendingen, the KAMELOT singer opened up about his condition, a hasty English translation follows:
Broke down right before the tour started…
The vocalist of famous metal band Kamelot, Roy Sætre Khantatat from Elverum, is reported sick after a breakdown just before the start of the North American tour, and has decided to postpone the tour that would have started on Wednesday. “I am burned out, pure and simple. A breakdown a couple of weeks ago gave me a serious indication that something was wrong. Now I’m just glad and relieved that I got to the doctor,” says an honest Roy Sætre Khantatat to Østlendingen. Khan, as he’s also known, says that he’s been going completely “offline” lately. “I haven’t had the energy to check either my cell phone or my mail. It’s been difficult to keep up with my own and other people’s expectations of me,” he explains.
There has been a lot back and forth lately regarding Kamelot’s planned North American tour after the band’s frontman and vocalist, Roy Sætre Khantatat, became ill. First the plan was to continue the tour with the help of CIRCUS MAXIMUS vocalist Michael Eriksen. But on Tuesday this week came reports that the band had changed their minds. “No. Now, I haven’t talked much about that either, except supporting myself on my family. This whole thing is feeling very real. I need this break.”
Resting in Elverum…
The future is something Khan hasn’t thought very much about. “Most things has really been about getting back on my feet again, but I want to get back to Kamelot,” he says. The metal singer says he wants to spend time around his hometown as part of the restoration process. “I want to be around my family, my home region and the mountains,” says Khan.
Kamelot’s new album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA), Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND), Björn “Speed” Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA’S PAIN).
The album is available in three versions – Regular CD edition, Digipak CD with bonus DVD and 2LP gatefold vinyl edition.
DVD bonus material:
– Kamelot video ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Exclusive and in depth Interviews with each Kamelot member
– Kamelot “Pick and Play” for the song ‘The Great Pandemonium’
– Poetry For The Poisoned background Images
– Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock Festival 2010
– Bonus song ‘House On A Hill’ (uncut version)
Marquee/Avalon Records will release the album in Japan (date TBC).
Poetry For The Poisoned tracklisting:
‘The Great Pandemonium
‘If Tomorrow Came
‘House On A Hill
‘My Train Of Thoughts
‘Seal Of Woven Years
‘Poetry For The Poisoned':
– Pt. I – ‘Incubus’
– Pt. II – ‘So Long’
– Pt. III – ‘All Is Over’
– Pt. IV – ‘Dissection’
‘Once Upon A Time’