French neo-classical metallers ADAGIO have recruited Swedish vocalist Mats Levén (KRUX, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, TREAT) for their upcoming European tour as the support act for KAMELOT.Commented ADAGIO guitarist Stéphan Forté: "Mats [pictured below] is an incredible singer and performer, with a tremendous technique. His unique tone, both aggressive and melodic, fits ADAGIO's music wonderfully. So, we're very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys next month on the tour with KAMELOT... We're fuckin' impatient to share a dark musical moment with you!!" ADAGIO recently parted ways with Finnish singer Christian Palin, a decision the band said it "needed to take as soon as possible for the best of ADAGIO." ADAGIO is scheduled to support KAMELOT on a number of European dates beginning on March 25 in Charleroi, Belgium. "Archangels In Black", the latest album from ADAGIO, was released in February 2009 via Listenable Records. The cover artwork was created by Guilherme Sevens and the CD was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden with Björn Engelmann (RAMMSTEIN, MESHUGGAH).
According to a press release, "without being a concept album, 'Archangels In Black' evokes the band's convictions about a certain Nightside philosophy and a very personal approach of life and death." Forté says, "Darkness is a concept with many branches, often misunderstood from outside, but elemental for some kind." "Archangels In Black" was the first — and last — CD to feature Palin. Palin was previously a member of the Swedish/Finnish bands ESSENCE OF SORROW and RANDOM EYES. ADAGIO's video for the song "Fear Circus" (taken from "Archangels In Black") can be viewed below.