Florida-based power metallers KAMELOT are putting the finishing touches on their new album, tentatively titled "The Black Halo". The follow-up to last year's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate Studio in Germany and features guest appearances by Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simone Simmons (EPICA) and others. Songtitles set to appear on the album include "March of Mephisto", "When The Lights are Down", "Moonlight Falling", "The Black Halo", "Abandoned", "Master of the Game", "Soul Society", "Pride", "Nothing Ever Dies" and "Serenade". An early 2005 release is expected, to be followed by the Black Halo Over Europe Tour 2005 beginning in March/April.
In other news, KAMELOT's webmaster has posted the following report from the group's appearance at this year's ProgPower V festival in Atlantia, where the band were joined onstage by former members of the legendary melodic metallers CRIMSON GLORY:
"CRIMSON GLORY singer Midnight and Ben Jackson joined melodic metal sensations KAMELOT on stage at the ProgPower V Festival in Atlanta during the band's hour-and-half set. Singer Khan announced the song 'Call of the Sea' from KAMELOT's first album 'Eternity', Ben Jackson appeared stage left with his guitar and started the opening riff. The crowd was stunned when Midnight walked out for the chorus and fan sing along. The appearance with KAMELOT was a rare occasion since Midnight has not appeared live in years and has sparked many rumors of a CRIMSON GLORY reunion." Photos from the festival can be viewed at this location.