"Necropolis", a new video from US power metallers Kamelot can now be seen below. The song comes off the group's latest album Poetry For The Poisoned, which was released in September last year.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "With this video, we gave Owe (director) free reign to create something unique and visually stunning. Him and his team did a fantastic job! Here you have Necropolis!"
Despite Kamelot themselves not announcing it, Roy Khan has issued a statement on his Myspace confirming the rumors of him leaving the band:
"Dear fans & friends,
There have been a lot of speculations around why I am not touring with Kamelot and I want to make a statement although it may not prevent further guessing as to what's actually going on. It is a fact however that I told the guys in the band already last fall (well after my burnout) that I was leaving the band. Naturally enough they were shocked (as was the label and everyone else working with Kamelot). In addition to risk of dropping ticket sales they wanted to give me time to think things over, and so I did. My decision still stands; It is finished.
Kamelot has confirmed their long-awaited North American Tour in support on the band's newest release, Poetry for the Poisoned. Support will come from Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist.
Due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Poetry for the Poisoned.
Khan states: "I am here in Norway still recovering from what seems to have been a severe burnout syndrome. I am getting better but still under medical care. My priorities at the moment are my health & family. My future endeavors in Kamelot and music in general are being evaluated, however at this time my focus is on getting back on my feet and spending time with family and friends. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes!"
Kamelot are pleased to announce that Swedish female vocalist Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) will be joining the band again, this time on their European and South American tour dates.
Elize joins the band on this very special and unique tour that includes some special guests singers like Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), Simone Simons (Epica) and many more.
Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood adds: "I am very pleased to hear that Elize will be touring with us again, she toured with us for the entire year of 2010 and was amazing at every show!". When contacted by phone Elize stated: "I am very exited about going on tour with Kamelot, I had so much fun during the 2010 performances on all the great stages with this awesome band in front of all their amazing fans! It's a real honor to be able to do that once again!".
As reported earlier this week, Kamelot's Pandemonium Over Europe 2011 is building, adding Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates) to the already announced tour schedule, with more dates to come.
As part of the ongoing Kamelot campaign, the band has now announced 2 shows as part of what will be a full US tour:
Aug 30 - Grammercy Theater in New York City, NY - USA
Sept 2 - Club Soda in Montreal, Québec - Canada
Unfortunately, we have been informed that, due to continuing medical and personal issues, Roy Khan will not be able to finish the remaining touring in support of Kamelot's album, Poetry for the Poisoned...
However, we are pleased to announce that metal icon Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine, ex-Labyrinth) will be joining the tour and handling the lead vocal duties. There will also be guest vocal appearances throughout the tour by Simone Simons (Epica), Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), and many more surprise guests throughout this very special and rare tour.
Kamelot are pleased to announce that the special guests on the upcoming Pandemonium Over Europe Tour during next year 2011, will be Evergrey, Amaranthe and Sons Of Seasons (on selected dates only).
As reported earlier, in keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".
Kamelot has announced their highly anticipated return to Europe on the heels of their new album release Poetry for the Poisoned. The 2011 European leg of The Pandemonium Tour, will begin on April 22nd at Paris' famous Elysée Montmartre venue, taking their spectacular show to 18 top venues and a host of new cities in Europe.
In keeping with Kamelot's flair for the theatrical, as well as their innovative and creative spirit, the second leg of the tour promises to push the limits of the live concert experience, bringing fans a spectacle even more eye-popping than what they experienced during the thrilling first leg of The Pandemonium Over Europe Part 1. "It's still called the Pandemonium Tour, but it's more theatrical and visual than before", Thomas Youngblood said in a October interview. "It has a dark theme, a new stage design and more surprises for the Kamelot fans!".
"Hunter's Season", the new live video from Kamelot's latest release Poetry For The Poisoned bonus DVD, which features on the deluxe edition of the album, can now be watched below. The album saw an early September release through earMUSIC/Edel.
"The band and crew are all here in Tampa rehearsing for the tour. Visas have been cleared and the guys are in good spirits and ready to party with all of you. However, during rehearsals, Roy Khantatat became severely ill. Due to this, as yet undiagnosed, illness, Roy reluctantly has been forced to head back home to Norway. He is currently under his physician's care, but unfortunately these circumstances will prevent him from joining us on the North American concert tour. Of course, we want Roy to take care of his health as priority one for now and for the future.
After much consideration on how to proceed, all of us in Kamelot feel strongly about keeping our commitment to our fans, promoters, and support bands on this tour! We are all ready and excited about playing these shows, we have flown in people from around the world to be apart of it and it has been in the works over a year! Therefore, we are working diligently with a fantastic singer willing to step in at the eleventh hour in order to make this tour a reality - our good friend Michael Eriksen from Circus Maximus has agreed to fill in for Roy! And we are excited to announce a special guest: Swedish vocalist Elize Ryd from Amaranthe will be joining the band on the North American Tour. She will also be part of the VIP meet and greet! Elize toured with us on our Summer Pandemonium Tour and also the European tour earlier this Spring.
"The Great Pandemonium, the new video from US metallers Kamelot, can be viewed at this location. The video was shot in Sweden and directed by Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films.
"The Great Pandemonium" comes off the band's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, which will be released in Europe on September 10 through earMUSIC/Edel. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported here, here and here.
Kamelot have revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. The album will be released next month. Everything you need to know about this album was previously reported over here and over here.
Poetry For The Poisoned will be available in three versions:
Regular CD edition
Digipak CD with bonus DVD
Two-LP gatefold vinyl edition
UPDATED on 25.08.2010 (thanks to Ellrohir)
A short video trailer for for Kamelot's forthcoming album, Poetry For The Poisoned, was posted online and can be viewed at this location.
UPDATE (thanks to *!*)
US metallers Kamelot have posted a medley of songs from their upcoming Poetry For The Poisoned album. Check it out at the band's MySpace page.
Knife Fight Media is proud to announce that Kamelot have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, the premier KMG label release will be the North American debut of Kamelot's highly anticipated 9th studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, on September 14, 2010.
The formation of KMG Recordings seems a natural progression for the group. Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "We are in a very unique and fast changing era for the music world; I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America. We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for Kamelot and our fans."
earMUSIC, the international rock label of the Hamburg-based entertainment group Edel, has announced the signing of American/Norwegian melodic metallers Kamelot. The band's new studio album, Poetry For The Poisoned, will be released in Europe on September 3, 2010. Poetry for the Poisoned was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. The compositions take the listener through many "emotions and dynamics that touch the soul and the mind".
Kamelot Guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: "I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional Kamelot sound and style that we have established over the years. Poetry for the Poisoned is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal. It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."
In an update on their website, Kamelot announced they'll film a video for "The Great Pandemonium", and indirectly revealed the new as-yet-untitled album will be released somewhere in September.
"Kamelot has tapped Village Road Films and Director Owe Lingvall for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The song will appear on Kamelot's upcoming album due in stores September 2010!"
More release details are expected to be revealed soon, so stay tuned. In other news, the band also announced several live dates for South America and Mexico in April next year.
Kamelot keymaster Oliver Palotai states: "We played in Brazil a few years ago and it was amazing. We have heard from fans all over South America and how loud and crazy the fans will be, we know these shows will be killer! In addition to this we have added 2 very exclusive and special concerts in Mexico to this leg."
Kamelot have inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon for the Japanese release of the band's forthcoming album, tentatively due in late Summer 2010. The album features special guest appearances by Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Simone Simons (Epica), Jon Oliva (Jon Oliva's Pain, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and more.
"Marquee/Avalon is happy to have Kamelot - such a great band in our family and we are proud of announcing it. We all hope that Kamelot's fame will be at a higher level with the next album. we trust the band a potential to become so," states Marquee's Naohiro Yamazaki.
Roy Khan adds: "We are very excited about working with Marquee on the new album! We are also planning to return to Japan for some very special concerts with all the amazing fans there."