The following message, regarding the departure of vocalist Melissa Ferlaak and guitarist Wolfgang Koch, was posted on the official website of Symphonic Metallers Visions Of Atlantis:
"Yes, you read right, Melissa, as well as her boyfriend Wolfgang are not in Visions of Atlantis anymore. We were as much shocked about that as you must be, but it is the sad truth. Some people just don't know what the word commitment means...
We (the remaining rest of VoA) want to appologize to all fans out there who believed in us and supported us, we hope you stay loyal with VoA. Of course we are trying to find a substitute for Melissa, we already have one for Wolfgang (to be announced soon). The show must go on... "
"After the release of their great new album "Ghost Opera", Kamelot will hit the road again and will do shows in main areas of Europe. The album entered a lot of charts in different countries. For example: Norway #25, Sweden #29, Finland #35, USA #48 Indie, Netherlands #51, Germany #61, France #83, Switzerland #83, Greece #23, Japan #13, UK #24 Indie.
With the success of the "Ghost Opera" album fans are demanding more, more, more! Melodic metal masters Kamelot return to select Europe cities for a once in a lifetime tour and stage show. Bringing with them as special guests the Greek heavyweights Firewind and the Austrian/American female fronted group Visions Of Atlantis, this package will be one of the highlights of the year.
As previously reported (here), SPV records will release a strictly limited single CD of "Ghost Opera" cover] to be handed out to fans attending the European Tour in March, April and May 2007. The first batch of singles were given out for free at the Dutch show on March 29th.
You can listen to the song "Ghost Opera" at YouTube, here.
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: