The release date of "Silverthorn"
, the new album from American/German/Swedish symphonic metallers KAMELOT
, has been pushed back to October 26 (Germany), October 29 (rest of Europe) and October 30 (North America) via Steamhammer
. The CD will mark the band's first release with new singer Tommy Karevik
, the 30-year-old Swede who previously fronted SEVENTH WONDER
(a group that he is still a member of).
In a brand new interview with RockLiveBG
keyboardist Oliver Palotai
stated about the band's new vocalist, "[Tommy
] was already with us on some tour dates as a guest singer, and he was singing on one or two songs. And in the past year, we were considering which singer to take. I was strongly on Tommy
's side because he made a huge impression on me. Personality. of course. is really important. and he is a little bit introverted and I like this 'Scandinavian feel' about him and he fits KAMELOT
He continued, "The final decision for him was sending in vocals, lyrics and recorded melody on a ballad that I wrote which is on the album. And it was so great and impressive. We all had goosebumps and when we heard that for the first time we knew immediately that was 'it.' He wrote most of the vocal melodies in the album also."
On the topic of the upcoming CD, Palotai
said, "The cover was done by Stephan Heilemann
. He also did covers for EPICA
and my other band, SONS OF SEASONS
. He is one of my best buddies, living in the neighborhood, and in my opinion, he is one of the greatest designers in the whole world. The amount of songs is ... I think 9 or 10 without the interludes. . . It's a concept album and it has a story. In the special edition you will get a little book where the story is described. All the songs will be around the story. It will be something like [2005's] 'The Black Halo'
Regarding how the upcoming CD compares to 2010's "Poetry For The Poisoned"
said, "To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of 'Poetry For The Poisoned'
. For me, 'The Black Halo'
is a bit like a reference also when I produce bands in my studio. So we wanted to go back to 'The Black Halo'
but also include modern elements, which we included since then. You will never hear from a band, Our new record sucks,' but this record is a real killer and brings KAMELOT
back on track. It is exactly what I wanted, and I'm really happy with it. I hope the fans will like it as well."KAMELOT
guitarist Thomas Youngblood
previously stated about Karevik: "We had around 800 candidates for the vacant position, among them a number of really renowned musicians, and having to reject them really wasn't easy."
's search for a new singer, Youngblood
to be an amazing tool. "I listened to a clip of a studio production featuring Tommy
and have to confess that his performance really amazed me," he said. "His approach to melodies and themes suits KAMELOT
perfectly, and during our European shows we had plenty of opportunity to find out what a great guy he is." Tommy
first appeared as one of the guest singers on KAMELOT
's very successful 2011 Pandemonium World Tour
on the style and content of the forthcoming KAMELOT
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."KAMELOT
will support Finnish/Swedish symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH
on a North American tour in September and October. KAMELOT
's recently completed North American, South American and European tours featured guest singer Fabio Lione
of RHAPSODY OF FIRE
following the departure of KAMELOT
's longtime frontman, Roy Khan
Note: Image below is **NOT** the official "Silverthorn"