The following "Ghost Opera Press Release" has been posted on Kamelot's official website:
After their biggest and most successful releases "The Black Halo" and the critically acclaimed "One Cold Winter's Night" metal pioneers Kamelot return with another studio masterpiece; "Ghost Opera" which will hit stores on these dates:
Germany: June 1
Europe: June 4
USA: June 5
"Ghost Opera" will be Kamelot 's third release via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
"Ghost Opera" was recorded and mixed at Gate Studios and Pathway Studios in Wolfsburg , Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Artwork was handled by Mattias Norén with contributions by Alexandra V. Bach, Liliana Sanchez and Derek Gores. A limited-edition digipack version of the CD will include the bonus cut "The Pendulous Fall" along with a bonus DVD containing the video for the album's title track, "Ghost Opera", shot by director Ivan Colic of Serbia's ICode Team as well as the making of the "Ghost Opera" video. The Limited Edition will contain a special extended booklet as well.
After just completing a North American tour, which the band found to be quite successful, Leaves' Eyes will be heading the same way in August/September this year. Joining Leaves' Eyes for the tour will be Power Metal band Kamelot.
Here are the dates for the tour:
17.08.2007 - USA - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
18.08.2007 - USA - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theatre
19.08.2007 - USA - New York, NY @ B.B. Kings Blues Club
20.08.2007 - USA - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre*
21.08.2007 - USA - Bedford, NH @ Mark's Place*
22.08.2007 - Canada - Montreal, QU @ Medley
23.08.2007 - Canada - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
24.08.2007 - Canada - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
25.08.2007 - USA - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Last month, Thomas Youngblood from Kamelot posted a message on their official website telling that he's dying to reveal the ideas and titles of the new songs but he's "sworn to secrecy". They are working on the art with several artists "including one amazing new one from France", he says. Casey has finished recording the drums at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg. Thomas also says: "We are aiming for a release of Spring 2007, followed by the first leg of Europe tour, then to Japan and another run in North America in August."
There's a live video online "When the Lights are Down", taken from the Kamelot's DVD "One Cold Winter's Night". Watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn-nxMKiT8I
Due to "production issues," the North American release date for Kamelot's first-ever DVD and double live CD, entitled "One Cold Winter's Night", has been moved from October 24 to November 21.
"One Cold Winter's Night" was recorded on February 11, 2006 at the historic Rockefeller Musichall in Oslo, Norway. Kamelot enlisted renowned film and video director Patric Ullaeus to chronicle the night's events. Bringing with him from Gothenberg, Sweden, Patric had a large crew of professionals and equipment, including 18 cameras, that would be used in and around the concert grounds.
Bassist Glenn Barry from Power Metal band Kamelot will be absent from some shows on the band's North American tour. Barry and his wife Kristin will be expecting their second child around the time of the tour, so for that reason he will be away. Royal Anguish bassist Sean Tibbets will be filling in for Barry on the select shows of the first leg of the tour.
In other Kamelot news, two more supports for the band's North American tour have been announced. Aghora and Wolff Pack will join Cryptic Vision, Ben Jackson and Jon Drenning and Dana Burnell from Crimson Glory as supports for Kamelot.
Kamelot's first DVD entitled 'One Cold Winter's Night' will be released via Steamhammer/SPV on October 30. It will be available as a double DVD , double CD or a 2DVD/2CD doublepack with poster. The track listing is as follows:
01. Intro: Un Assasino Molto Silenzioso
02. The Black Halo
03. Soul Society
04. The Edge of Paradise
05. Center of the Universe
06. Nights of Arabia
09. Keyboard Solo
10. The Haunting
12. When The Lights Are Down
13. Elizabeth (Part I, II & III)
14. March of Mephisto
16. Drum Solo
18. Curtain call/Outro
* Behind the Scenes
* Band interviews
* Making of "The Haunting"
Power Metallers Kamelot have said that they will be cancelling their appearance at the upcoming Ragnarock Festival, in Norway. The band cancelled their August 18th and 19th appearances because they haven't received any kind of contract. The band says that it's an unfortunate thing to happen, but out of their control. However Kamelot will be planning for an early 2007 tour that will include Norway.
Here is a statement by KMI Entertainment's Tim Norwood: "We have yet to receive a contract or deposits for this festival. It is unfortunate for the fans since the band was very excited about coming to Norway again, it is simple out of our hands at this point. It also means that we have to reschedule the Helsinki show that was booked in connection with Ragnarock. We are in the middle of planning the European tour for Spring 2007 and we are planning a full run through Norway and Finland".
According to the official Epica website, vocalist Simone Simons would join Kamelot on stage for 'The Haunting' (Somewhere In Time)' when the band hits the Plato venue in Helmond, Holland on Sunday, July 2nd. Simons performed the original guest vocals on the song for Kamelot's last album, The Black Halo, and performed the song with the band every night during their last European tour together
As previously reported Epica will support Kamelot on their North American tour, which kicks off in September. Dates are as follows:
19 - Jaxx Nightclub in Springfield, VA
20 - B.B. King's in New York, NY
22 - The Chance Theater in Poughkeepsie, NY
23 - The Penny Arcade in Rochester, NY
Power Metallers Kamelot have a new album on the way. The band has been busy writing songs in Norway and have so far completed nine of them. They will be travelling to Wolfsburg, Germany in a month or so to do all the recordings, etc.
Here is a statement by guitarist Thomas Youngblood on the band's official website: "I am just returning from Norway and we were more productive than ever on this writing session. I am more pleased than ever with the progress of the new songs".
The album is set for an early 2007 release.
In other Kamelot news the band has announced some North American tour dates with special guest Epica. Here are the confirmed tour dates, as posted on their website:
Kamelot is pleased to announce their first Live DVD filming this February 11th, 2006 at Rockefeller Music Hall, in Oslo, Norway. The shoot will be handled by acclaimed director Patric Ullaeus and promises to be full of surprises for all the fans. "This has been in the works now for more than 2 years and we are very pleased to have all the gears in motion now. This will be a very, very special event for us and all the fans of the band" - states guitarist Thomas Youngblood. According to lead singer Roy Khan the crew is already in full swing preparing for the show in Oslo, most certainly destined to be another milestone in the career of the band.
More details are expected for this much anticipated DVD, including track listings, bonus footage and special guest appearances. Release date is scheduled for Summer/Fall 2006 via SPV Records.
The band release the following message on their official website:
"KMI Entertainment and Kamelot are please to announce the addition of keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai as the new and permanent member of the band Kamelot. "We have been very fortunate to work with great keyboardists from around the world. After the first Black Halo tour earlier this year, we added Oliver to the fold. We feel that his attitude, ability and personality fits the Kamelot family perfectly" - states guitarist/founder Thomas Youngblood."
You can visit Palotai's website at http://www.palotai.de for more info about him.
The videos of "The Hunting" and "March of Mephisto" (both from the latest "The Black Halo") have been added to the Real Music Guide. Go here to check the videos:
KAMELOT have set a February 28, 2005 release date through SPV Records for their new album, "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Simone Simmons (Epica) and others. Songtitles expected to appear on the album include "March of Mephisto", "When The Lights Are Down", "Moonlight Falling", "The Black Halo", "Abandoned", "Master of the Game", "Soul Society", "Pride", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade".
Hello all "Black Haloholics"! We are nearly finished with the album, after many, many weeks and days and hours it is almost complete. The Epica saga will meet destiny and the story will unfold for us all.
This week we are heading to Morrisound Studios in Tampa to finish some vocals and special effects. Mari will appear again as Helena, I will help engineer the sessions along with old Kamelot producers Jim Morris.
I will have the digital camera and video for the sessions.
Khan is still in Germany finishing lead vocals and choirs. He has been in Germany so long the people there think he has relocated to live there.
I am getting ever so excited about touring again!!! ProgPower was just a teaser for us, we will have a new stage, backdrops and more for the new expedition across this planet. We have two exciting bands planned as support and opener. Diverse and very good live bands!
According to a posting on KAMELOT's web site, guitarist Thomas Youngblood and singer Roy Khan will soon be heading back to Germany to put the finishing touches on the follow-up to last year's "Epica", tentatively due before the end of the year through SPV Records. Vocal sessions and guitar sessions will be done as well as the recording of several guest appearances. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "March of Mephisto", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". A Japanese tour will likely take place in December, to be followed by a European trek beginning in January 2005.