Official press release

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."

Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S. The album features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Firewind), Björn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.

Frontman Roy Khan assures that Poetry for the Poisoned will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of Kamelot to a whole range of new fans. "Poetry for the Poisoned is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.

Max Vaccaro, director of the earMUSIC label, commented: "If there is one thing that is absolutely clear with Kamelot, it's that the band has a unique vision of metal and they consider anything they do as the 'next step' to something bigger and better, constantly adamant to reach new ambitious artistic targets. We're happy about the fact that they have chosen earMUSIC as the partner to expand their audience with this new wonderful album."

Poetry For The Poisoned will also be available as a limited edition hard-cover digipak CD with a bonus DVD, LP and limited collector's edition featuring a bonus 45" vinyl with two rare songs only available on this strictly limited format, personally signed by the band.

Kamelot recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium". The track, which was performed on the band's recently completed European tour, will appear on Poetry For The Poisoned. Other song titles set to appear on the effort include "House On A Hill" and "Hunters Season", the latter of which was also performed on the band's recently completed European headlining tour. The band recently inked a deal with Marquee/Avalon Records for the Japanese release of its next album. The plans for the North American release will be announced in the near future.

Band profile: Kamelot
Posted: 26.06.2010 by BudDa


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The Shape 1973 - 26.06.2010 at 13:26  
Crikey, a band not signed to Nuclear Blast.

The guests sound good apart from Speed, don't like his voice.
His Eminence - 30.06.2010 at 02:59  
Eh...Bjorn has an all right voice in my opinion. And an appearance for Simone Simons was almost a given.
ImNotMetal - 01.07.2010 at 08:59  
Never heard this label
The Shape 1973 - 01.07.2010 at 21:15  
Written by ImNotMetal on 01.07.2010 at 08:59

Never heard this label

Think Stratovarius are on it too.

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