According to a posting on their official web site, American/Norwegian power metallers KAMELOT will collaborate on new book with German fantasy author Harald Evers.
Commented Evers: "After the success with my 'Caveworld-Saga', I was looking for an inspiration to create a new fantasy trilogy. At that time I love to listen to KAMELOT's music and sometimes I sang along with it. After a visit at the KAMELOT homepage I discovered that I always misunderstood one text line from the KAMELOT song 'The Spell'. But this line never got out of my brain. Inspired by the thrilling characters and the great fantasy-atmosphere of the KAMELOT songs an idea formed in my head and I created a fantasy story around it, named (just the way I misunderstood that text line): 'The 7th Book of Shadows'. After my publishing house signed the contract with me for my new, trilogy, I had finally the idea to contact KAMELOT themselves. And here we are — the band likes the idea to work together, and we are going to create a real *rock-n-roll*-fantasy-saga — that means, that the members of the band will appear in the story (and more!). Let's see, what we make of it. :-) "
Added KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood: "Harald contacted me about the 'Book of Shadows' line in our song 'The Spell' from the album 'Karma'. I was very intrigued at the idea of him writing a book based around this line, this first idea evolved into also creating characters within the book that mirror in some way the band. We have talked about some of the ideas and they sound great and also inspiring. Harald has some fantastic and imaginative ideas for this nexus. I am looking forward to seeing this story unfold!"
As previously reported, KAMELOT recently finished shooting a video for the song "March of Mephisto" off their upcoming album "The Black Halo" with Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (DIMMU BORGIR, LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES) of Revolver Films has. The clip, the group's second off the new CD, features a special appearance by Shagrath from DIMMU BORGIR.
KAMELOT had previously shot a video for the track "The Haunting" with Ullaeus. The clip, which was shot in Sweden, also includes an appearance by EPICA singer Simone Simons. Mari also appears as Helena from the storyline of the "The Black Halo".
"The Black Halo", is scheduled for release on March 15 through SPV Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Epica" was produced by Sascha Paeth and Miro at Gate and Pathway studios in Germany and features guest appearances by Shagrath (DIMMU BORGIR), Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS), Simons, Mari (MASQUERAID), as well as the KAMELOT choir, featuring Herbie Langhans (SEVENTH AVENUE), Amanda Somerville-Scharf, Miro, Gerit Göbel, Thomas Rettke (HEAVEN'S GATE) and Elisabeth Kjaernes, among others.