This list is meant to highlight NEW TALENT. For our purposes, that is defined as a singer who made their professional recording debut in the past 10 years (from 2005-2015). This means the singer was not on any recorded label releases prior to 2005. Keeping that in mind, we focus on some of the younger/newer talent that is out there.
We asked our staff to give us their top 5 selections and some thoughts on them. Check out the results below.
Symphonic Metal Masters KAMELOT return after 2 years of touring the globe and 12 months of intense writing and recording. In mid 2014 the band entered the studio to begin recording their follow-up to the highly acclaimed chart topping album Silverthorn. The new album titled HAVEN will make KAMELOT history as it will be released worldwide (excl. Asia ) on Napalm Records /Universal and Napalm Records/ADA-Warner as an exclusive licensing deal through the band’s KAMELOT MUSIC LLC in early May 2015 and will showcase KAMELOT at their finest!
Today the breathtaking artwork, track listing and album configurations have been unveiled. HAVEN will be available to pre-order in multiple bundle packages at the Napalm Records Webstore – starting Thursday, February 26th 2015.
KAMELOT NORTH AMERICA 2015 w special guests DragonForce
We are pleased to announce we are returning to North America in 2015, in support of the new KAMELOT album due for release in March 2015! The band is busy in the studio now and cannot wait to return to the USA and Canada for their biggest North American stage setup ever.
Special guests on this tour will be Dragonforce from the UK. This is will be a Symphonic Power Metal Extravaganza!
Limited VIP Tickets will be offered for all shows:
VIP Packages Include:
Ticket to the show
An exclusive Meet & Greet with all the band members
Have your picture taken with the band
Early entrance to the venue
A personally signed poster
An original VIP-pass
See you in April/May 2015!!!
Article and pictures by Arto Lehtinen,
Marko Syrjala, and Patrick Clement
Hell yeah! It’s time to enter the mighty Swedenrock Festival. A fantastic and the most enjoyable rock and metal festival on earth. It has to be pointed out that Metal Rules has covered Sweden Rock since 2001! Therefore, it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2014 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Approximately 80 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past decade as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t an exception as the fest was sold out despite a lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article on several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The weather was both rainy and sunny during these four days. The Metal-Rules.com team was there to witness the bands, not for some kinda beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!
Trough Overtures’ Facebook and Youtube pages, lead singer Michele Guaitoli – frontman of the Italian heavy/power-metal band – has published the recording sent to Kamelot two years ago as audition to substitute Roy Kahn.
“Something like two years ago Roy Kahn announced his split from Kamelot. As for the most of their fans, I was absolutely shocked and I felt really sad about it: Roy Kahn was (and still is) one of the most important influences for my musical growing. He is one of those singers who, release after release, always gave me strong emotions, without making me care or even think about any technical questions: he simply arrives. Beyond the obvious opportunity, those were the reasons that made me decide to try to submit my audition. I am actually extremely happy that their choice went on Tommy Karevic, an amazing vocalist that I was already following in Seventh Wonder, and I am still a huge fan of Kamelot. Today, in response to some requests I had by mail from some Overtures’ followers, I decided to publish the clip I loaded on Youtube 2 years ago: this link was meant for Kamelot and for a few friends, but seen the situation, I made it public, but I want to say it clear: I look at Kamelot with HUGE respect and admiration, and I absolutely don’t mean anything with this clip: watch it just like you watch any other cover on Youtube!”
Overtures just finished the recordings for their third album “Entering the maze”: more news about it will be released soon.
TY: “Yes. We are discussing touring East Europe, Greece, Finland and many more places. Also we want to return to Asia in 2013 and North American Headliner tour is now 99% confirmed, news coming soon!”
Q: You mentioned a DVD shoot, any news on that?
TY: “Not yet, but we are discussing locations and the time for this. Once we have some news all the Kamelot fans will be provided with info so that they can attend, including special hotel rates and more. It will be a big event for sure!”
Q: Any more videos for Silverthorn and expected release date for the next one?
TY: “Yes, We are working on a new one at the moment and it will come out in the beginning of 2013. We plan at least four videos for this album.”
Much like fellow symphonic metallers Nightwish, Xandria have faced front-woman dramas in recent years, the product of which is latest album Neverworld’s End and a switch to a more operatic style, which is hard to miss!
KAMELOT new album, Silverthorn, is due out on October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.
‘Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)’
‘Ashes to Ashes’
‘Song for Jolee’
‘Falling Like the Fahrenheit’
The video clip for the song ‘Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife)’ will debut soon and features guest appearances by Elize Ryd (AMARANTHE) and Alissa White-Gluz (THE AGONIST).
The Silverthorn LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.
The American symphonic metal band KAMELOT will be releasing their new album Silverthorn October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.
Today KAMELOT has unveiled the breathtaking album artwork for Silverthorn. The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork. The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook. The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster. The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood says of the artwork:
“Artist Stefan Heilemann captured the true essence of the story and the main character. The booklet and 44 page book is packed with amazing images!”
It was recently announced that Swede Tommy Karevik has been selected as the new singer for KAMELOT.
In conjunction with the album’s release, KAMELOT will be embarking on a massive World Tour that will bring the band to nearly every continent on the planet.
Co-Headlining Dates With Symphony X:
9/6: San Jose, Costa Rica @ Club Peppers
9/8: Mexico City, Mexico @ Circo Volador
KAMELOT North American Tour Supporting Nightwish:
9/10: St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre (Headliner Show)
9/12: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
9/13: Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
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
KAMELOT European Headline Tour
11/2: Eindhoven (NL) @ Effenaar
11/3: Pratteln (CH) @ Z7
11/4: Paris (F) @ Le Bataclan
11/5: Stuttgart (D) @ LKA/Longhorn
11/6: Antwerp (B) @ Trix
11/7: London (GB) @ HMV Forum
11/9: Barakaldo (E) @ Rockstar Live
11/10: Madrid (E) @ Sala Arena
11/11: Barcelona (E) @ Razzmatazz 2
11/13: Bologna (I) @ Estragon
11/14: Vienna (A) @ Szene
11/15: Prague (CZ) @ KC Vltavska
11/16: Berlin (D) @ C-Club
11/17: Geiselwind (D) @ Musichall
11/18: Cologne (D) @ Essigfabrik
11/20: Hamburg (D) @ Markthalle
11/21: Copenhagen (DK) @ Vega
11/22: Stockholm (SE) @ Göta Källare
11/23: Gothenburg (SE) @ Trädgarn
11/24: Oslo (NO) @ Sentrum Scene
The American/German symphonic metal band KAMELOT is proud to announce another key piece leading to the release of their new studio album.
A question foremost in every KAMELOT fan’s mind has been: Who is the group’s new lead singer?
Band mastermind and guitarist Thomas Youngblood has now revealed: “The new man is Scandinavian Tommy Karevik!”.
The general public may not be overly familiar with the 30 year old Swede, Karevik, but people in the industry know him as the immensely talented frontman of the Swedish band, Seventh Wonder. Youngblood states: “We had around 800 candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really renowned musicians, and having to reject them really wasn’t easy. We want to thank all the applicants, thank you for your understanding and we wish you all lots of success in the future!”.
The search for Tommy Karevik…
In their search for a new singer, Thomas Youngblood found YouTube to be an amazing tool: “I listened to a clip of a studio production featuring Tommy and have to confess that his performance really amazed me. His approach to melodies and themes suits KAMELOT perfectly, and during our European shows we had plenty of opportunity to find out what a great guy he is.”
Tommy first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT‘s very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour. Tommy states: “The tour was a lot of fun and I met a lot of nice people and got some good experience. The guys were super nice and we had a great time together! By then I was really into the band’s music and had fallen in love with the amazingly loyal and dedicated fans at every show.”
Karevik is thrilled about his new position: “I am so honored to now be a part of this family and I can`t wait to move into the new era of the band together with the guys. I fully understand that this comes with great responsibility and that it will be a big challenge for me as a singer as well as a person, but you can rest assured I will give it my all. From this day, a new journey has begun and I am really eager to meet you all along the way to share my passion for this music!”.
KAMELOT‘s new album is planned for a September 2012 release, which coincides with the beginning a massive World Tour that will bring the band to nearly every continent on the planet. See Tour Section for already scheduled concert dates!
Symphonic metallers KAMELOT have returned to the Steamhammer/SPV fold for a worldwide deal, excluding Japan (the band recently signed with King Records for 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 their 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 on the style and content of the concept 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 eagerly awaited album has been scheduled for release on September 24th (Germany: September 21st; North America: September 25th), and Kamelot are 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 US 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 the pleasure to work 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).
And 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 at SPV. We all believe in the fantastic history of the band and are absolutely sure that this upcoming release will be one of the most successful albums!”
KMI Entertainment and First Row Talent have announced the final dates for Kamelot’s North American Tour 2012. The band will headline four very special shows:
10 – State Theater – St Petersburg, SL
14 – Empire – West Springfield, VA
22 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
4 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA
During these rare shows Kamelot will play a full set and fans can expect some very nice surprises. These dates are part of Kamelot’s unique North American Tour with Finnish metal band NIGHTWISH, taking place this September/October.
Symphonic metallers KAMELOT have inked a deal with King Records for the Japanese release of their next album, tentatively due the fall 2012.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood added: “We are very excited about working again with King on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there.”
Kamelot have added a headline show in Ventura, CA at Ventura Theater on October 4th to their upcoming North American tour supporting NIGHTWISH. Go to this location for ticket information.
As previously reported, Kamelot will kick off the tour with a special headline show at the State Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida on September 10th. For tickets head to this location.
Dates for the tour are as follows:
10 – State Theater – St. Petersburg, FL **
13 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
16 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
17 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
19 – CEPSUM University of Montreal – Montreal QC
20 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
21 – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH
23 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
24 – Congress Theater – Chicago, IL
25 – Pop’s – Sauget, IL
27 – Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
28 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
29 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
1 – Showbox SoDo – Seattle, WA
2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
3 – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA
4 – Ventura Theater – Ventura, CA **
5 – The Grove – Anaheim, CA
6 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
7 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
9 – Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
11 – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
13 – Revolution – Ft Lauderdale, FL
14 – House of Blues Lake Buena Vista – Lake Buena Vista, FL
With support from Kamelot. All dates are onsale now. Vip tickets will be offered for select dates which includes meet and greet and early entry.
12 Atlanta , GA Center Stage
13 Atlanta , GA Center Stage
15 NYC, NY Beacon Theater ( tickets onsale May 5 only on Ticketmaster )
16 Philly, PA Electric Factory VIP tickets onsale
17 Worcester ,MA Palladium VIP tickets onsale
19 Montreal, QC Cepsum VIP tickets onsale
20 Toronto,ON Sound Academy
21 Columbus ,OH Newport Music Hall VIP tickets onsale
23 Royal Oak , MI Royal Oak Music Hall
24 Chicago , IL Congress Theater VIP tickets onsale
25 Sauget , IL Pops VIP tickets onsale
27 Kansas City , MO Beaumont Hall
28 Denver ,CO Ogden Theater
29 SLC ,UT The Complex
1 Seattle,WA Showvox Sodo
2 Portland ,OR Crystal Ballroom
3 SF, CA Warfield Theater VIP tickets onsale
5 Anaheim ,CA The Grove VIP tickets onsale
6 San Diego ,CA HOB
7 Tempe,AZ Marquee Theater
9 Ok City, OK Diamond Ballroom
10 Austin, TX Emos VIP tickets onsale
11 New Orleans , LA HOB VIP tickets onsale
13 Ft Laud . FL Revolution VIP tickets onsale
14 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
The Kamelot concert that was held in Montreal’s Club Soda on Friday September 3ed was long awaited by fans. Indeed we were all febrile to see the new recipe involving Rhapsody of Fire’s singer, Fabio Lione. Naturally, Roy Khan’s undisputed fans were missing. Too bad for them because that new recipe is even much better!