KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood is featured in a Q&A on the band's official Facebook page. An excerpt is available below:
Q: The new album's been announced to recall albums like Karma or The Black Halo. Can we talk about a return to Kamelot roots or will you keep something of the dark atmosphere of Poetry For the Poisoned?
Thomas: "The dark mood will be there but I feel we missed some melodic aspects in the music over the last few releases. The theme of the album is quite dark and the storyline is a bit dark, so to speak. The music came out really beautiful, lush, melodic and really special. Working with Oliver, Sascha and our new vocalist proved to be an amazing experience."
Q: Have you heard anymore from (ex-vocalist) Roy Khan?
Thomas: "Before making the final choice on the new singer, we did correspond via email. I know he's in good health, working in Norway. When he quit Kamelot he also chose to quit the music business and seems to be very happy. A page is turned, it's a new era for Kamelot! It's very exciting and I can already tell you it's gonna be great."
Q: Looking forward to introducing the new singer to your fans?
Thomas. "First I have to say the fans will love the new singer, we love what we hear and that was the biggest test. Of course there will be fans that hold onto the past and I understand that, but things change and you can either move forward or live in the past. I was humbled by the amount of singers that applied for the spot, some totally unknown and others are names that every metal fan would know. In the end we chose the guy that fits Kamelot in terms of sound, writing and image."
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The title of Kamelot’s forthcoming release will be announced at the end of June, together with the name of their new vocalist. However, according to guitarist and composer Thomas Youngblood , one thing is certain: “Our fans can really look forward to our new record, because it represents Kamelot in every way!”
Youngblood on the style and content of the concept album: “The new songs sound more symphonic and melodic than our last two studio recordings. The material brings to mind albums such as Karma (2001) and The Black Halo (2005). In addition, this will be the best production that Kamelot have ever delivered. Because while other acts tend to opt for low-budget productions due to the difficult market situation, we have gone the opposite way: the new album will be a real statement, in terms of our compositions as well as in terms of our sound.”
The eagerly awaited album has been scheduled for release on September 24th (Germany: September 21st; North America: September 25th), and Kamelot are set to play a number of festivals (among them Wacken Open Air and Bang Your Head) as early as July and August before embarking on a US tour alongside NIGHTWISH in September/October and a major headliner tour of Europe in November 2012. The band will headline four very special shows in the US in September and October, as well as a co-headlining show with SYMPHONY X in Mexico City on September 8th
Kamelot's complete live itinerary can be found at this location