After working hard in the studio since the middle of 2014, Kamelot has finally hinted at a springtime release for their newest album and follow-up to 2012's Silverthorn, which was unleashed on October 30th that year and sold roughly 5,400 units in it's first week.
The band has also made licensing arrangements with Napalm Records through the band's LLC, which will allow them to take advantage of "a growing and hungry independent label like Napalm with the power of major distribution that we will get with Universal and ADA Warner," according to Thomas Youngblood, founding member and guitarist for the power ensemble.
The VP of Napalm Records, Thomas Caser, had this to say of the new addition to their already impressive roster of bands (including Arkona, Alestorm, Delain, Ex Deo, Edenbridge, Draconian and Devildriver to name a few):
Being a fan since the band's 'Epica' release, it has always been a dream for me to work with Kamelot! Finally this dream has come true, and we at Napalm Records are delighted and honored to announce this signing. I foresee a bright future and we will spare no effort to bring the band to where they deserve to be — the top!
Watch out for the band's monumental new album this spring and witness Kamelot and Napalm Records conquering the world in 2015!
The band will be embarking on their biggest North American tour to date this spring before hopping the pond back to Europe again in the fall. Upcoming tour dates for our area can be found here.
The forthcoming release will be frontman Tommy Karevik's second album with Kamelot after the mysterious departure of my most beloved male vocalist of all time, Roy Khan (Roy Sætre Khantatat).
Very little information was ever given about his leaving, but I'm going to venture a guess that it had something to do with a possible tiff between him and Thomas Youngblood... considering that shortly after his departure, I was blocked from commenting on their Facebook page upon mentioning how much I still loved them and their new music but missed Khan immensely. It's hardly proof of anything, and perhaps they just wanted to keep the vocalist switch on the down-low, but it left me a little suspicious towards Youngblood and gave the impression that he might be a little power-crazy. That's nothing more than speculation for my part, however. Take that information how you will.
At any rate, rumor has it that dear old Roy went on to become a wedding singer. Just to put this out there, should Khan ever come across this article... I'll be getting married in April this year, and would die of excitement and joy if he somehow sang at my wedding. Ah.. how awesome would that be? A girl can dream.
Granted, the new frontman is a good replacement and an accomplished vocalist, just as he was in his days of fronting the band Seventh Wonder (although he is still a part of that band, just not the lead vocalist). They still make incredible metal together with all things considered. Not intending to slight them in any way; they are amazing metallers through and through and I highly recommend this band to anyone who loves purely passionate power/prog. I can't deny though that what happened after my innocent and well-meant comment on their page has left a funny taste in my mouth when it comes to them.
Still... I wish them all the success in the world and hope they have a fruitful partnership with Napalm and a successful release later this year.
More details on the new album will be posted as soon as we get it.
If you've never heard them before, I highly suggest starting out with Khan-era albums, such as Epica, Black Halo, Poetry for the Poisoned or Ghost Opera. Black Halo is my all-time enduring favorite, and there really isn't a single song on that album that isn't f*cking phenomenal.
Pretty exciting stuff happening for these guys! Can't wait to hear what they've been working on.
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