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."
Guitar phenom Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD.
Kamelot guitarist Youngblood comments: "Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"
Gus G. adds: "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."
Kamelot will embark on their first North American tour in two years lates this year. Support will come from Leaves' Eyes and Blackguard.
First announced dates are as follows:
Sep. 08 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
Sep. 10 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower USA XI (Kamelot only)
Sep. 11 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Sep. 14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Sep. 15 - New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
Sep. 17 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sep. 18 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Sep. 19 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Sep. 21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Sep. 22 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Sep. 24 - Chicago, IL @ Logan Square Auditorium
Sep. 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
Sep. 27 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
Kamelot vocalist Roy Khan issued the following short update:
"Things are going great here in Wolfsburg! We will take a break next week for Christmas and then we are back to finishing things up. Lots going on here, new album, new setlist for the tour, new label news and more. Lots of diversity on the new record. We hope to announce more details soon including the cover art etc... stay tuned and get ready for a MONSTER 2010! Kamelot has set a tentative release date for their next album for March 22nd, 2010!"
Adagio are very pleased to announce they will support Kamelot on the upcoming European tour from March 25th to April 9th.
Frontman Stéphan Forté: "We've had the chance to do a couple of shows as special guests for Kamelot on their previous album tour, and it has been a truly awesome experience. Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood and the whole band are some of the nicest persons we've had the chance to work with, and their show and music are absolutely incredible, we are very much looking forward to sharing the stage with them once again!"
Mar 25, 2010 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseum
Mar 26, 2010 Tilburg - NL - O13
Mar 27, 2010 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
Mar 28, 2010 London - UK - Koko
Power metallers Kamelot have issued the following update:
"As Kamelot's concert schedule grows and commitments increase the demand on its members has also increased. Kamelot's guitarist Thomas Youngblood states "Glenn called me a few weeks ago and told me he just couldn't do it anymore, and has to step aside. He is like a brother to us and we've been through a lot of great times, so we wanted him to make this decision."
Bassist Sean Tibbetts has been on tour with Kamelot now for more than 2.5 years, stepping in for Glenn Barry while he took time off for family. We are very pleased to announce Sean Tibbetts as the new Kamelot bassist!"