KAMELOT and DRAGONFORCE were caught up in the civil unrest in Baltimore on Monday evening (April 27) as they were getting ready to hit the stage for the first show of their joint North American tour.
The Soundstage in Baltimore where the two bands were meant to be playing was two blocks away from the rioting, but the violence was getting ever closer.
DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li said;" We thought it was a little weird that all the local shops were closed. In fact, the only place open was the venue with a massive queue of fans still trying to get in. As we were warming up, ready to go onstage, we heard a state of emergency was declared and the show immediately postponed due to the safety of the fans."
The KAMELOT/DRAGONFORCE show has been rescheduled for today (Thursday, April 30), with doors opening early at 6 p.m. and the end of the show being 10 p.m. due to the citywide curfew imposed by the authorities for the entire week.
All tickets purchased for the original show are valid.
KAMELOT's new album, "Haven", will be made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world (excluding Asia) via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band's Kamelot Music LLC.
Produced by Sascha Paeth and mastered by Jacob Hansen, "Haven" is a massive album that is sure to please critics and fans alike. Guest musicians on the CD include Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The breathtaking cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.
DRAGONFORCE will release its debut DVD, "In The Line Of Fire", on July 10. Shot in high definition during the band's show at 2014’s Loud Park festival at the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan, the DVD was filmed using nine camera angles to capture the raw energy of DRAGONFORCE's show and instrumental dexterity for which they are rightly celebrated worldwide.
The track listing for "In The Line Of Fire" contains a mixture of new songs from DRAGONFORCE's latest album, "Maximum Overload", and foot-stomping anthems and lightning-fast shred-fests from previous releases.
DRAGONFORCE is in the middle of the "Maximum Overload" world tour, which commenced in September 2014 and is due to conclude in 2016.
"Maximum Overload" was released in August 2014 in North America via Metal Blade and in Europe through earMUSIC, the Hamburg, Germany-based international rock label which is part of Edel Group. The CD was recorded at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren, who has previously worked with OPETH, THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, AMON AMARTH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK and SYMPHONY X, to name a few. It marks the band's first-ever album involving an outside producer, having historically opted to record themselves in association with Karl Groom.