Kamelot - United States
Kamelot is one of metal's most unique, influential and prestigious acts to come along in decades. The group's reputation among fans and media alike is marked by enthusiasm as well as esteem, each of their seven studio albums to date surpassing its predecessor in terms of songwriting and production. As one of the most difficult-to-categorise artists on the metal scene, Kamelot are poised to assault the planet with their most insightful and ambitious project to date, Ghost Opera . Ready to continue their ascension to the pinnacle of metal royalty, founding guitarist Thomas Youngblood, bassist Glenn Barry, new keyboardist Oliver Palotai and drummer Casey Grillo join lead singer Roy Khan to complete this journey to systematically alter the face of metal. Throughout the recent years, their releases have achieved cult status around the world. Ghost Opera will once again raise the bar for others to follow.
“With the worldwide success of The Black Halo, we knew the follow-up had to be special”, Youngblood confesses. “With Ghost Opera, we wanted to try some new things and also work with new people. I enjoyed the camaraderie very much and it has refuelled my love for this band. It gave me some perspective.” Musically, Kamelot combine different styles which they blend into their own homogenous, distinctive trademark. “We have fans in many musical camps,” Youngblood characterises the band's unique standing. “We play power metal as much as progressive metal and gothic metal.” All these elements come to bear on Ghost Opera. “Our music is pure versatility - double bass rhythms, progressive arrangements, but also ballads and straightforward mid-tempo numbers. We don't care what you want to call this mix. To us, the most important criterion is our own style which can't be compared to any other band”. “Our goal is always to top ourselves” states Khan.
Youngblood and Khan can rely on longstanding comrades-in-arms in Casey Grillo and Glenn Barry, while Oliver Palotai is a new addition to the Kamelot fold. In 2006, Kamelot added the German keyboardist as a permanent member. Fans of the bands Doro and Blaze know Oliver's skills very well, and he proved to be a force live, on Kamelot's Black Halo World Tour. “We have been using guest keyboardists for several years now, but Oliver was different and special. We had to ask him to join us as a permanent member and would not take no for an answer,” adds Youngblood.
The production team: Sascha Paeth and Miro with Olaf Reitmeier engineering has repeatedly proved its worth. “Sascha and Miro understand us on a musical and on a personal level,” Khan and Youngblood praise the producers from Wolfsburg. “They always succeed in getting the best out of us without taking away our typical trademarks. As a result, our earlier albums still sound contemporary and fresh.”
In the first video, 'Ghost Opera' the band goes over the top visually with actors, choirs, orchestral members and incredible graphics seldom seen in the genre. Kamelot tell the (fictitious) story of a young-and-hopeful opera singer who is attacked, raped and injured on her way to her great debut, she could never recover from this traumatic event and every day and night she wonders what that night would have been like on her debut. This somewhat sinister story is underlined by the dark, melancholy basic mood of the song. The song features astonishing riffs and soaring melodies that surely will make it another Kamelot metal classic. “The new tracks are heavier and more complex than many of our earlier compositions,” says Youngblood. “We aimed at a tougher sound in connection with lugubrious melodies that are still extremely catchy.” Listening deliberately to Ghost Opera , you will discover a total of ten monolithic-sounding, self-contained numbers. “Some lyrics are very personal whilst others are interpretations of historical events & myths as well as comments on the world we live in. They all have a spiritual dimension to them, but these are ten songs that tell ten very different stories.” says Khan.
Now they can't wait to present their new offering live on stage to convince their fans of its qualities. The band begin their world tour in Europe in June and return to the States for a headlining run in August/September.
Equipment ConfigurationReference Series
22x20 bass drum x 2
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x5 snare drum
13x6.5 snar drum
10x5 steel Firecracker snare drum
CH1000 cymbal holder x 10
S2000 snare stand
P2000C pedal x 2
P2002C double pedal
H2000 hi-hat stand
TH2000 tom holder x 3