After tours around the globe, KAMELOT will return to North America in April/May 2018 to support their upcoming album on Napalm Records. The new offering will be released in early 2018 and the first tour behind the disc will see the band performing in the United States and Canada, bringing their biggest production and package in the group's history. The tour will venture north and into Canada before extending through the Midwest, ultimately reaching the West Coast before circling back to the South, capping it off with a huge Orlando and Fort Lauderdale finale.
Joining KAMELOT and bringing their unique brand of symphonic metal to the tour are very special guests DELAIN from The Netherlands. Rounding off the package for a metallic triple punch are Finland's own BATTLE BEAST.
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 16 - Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
Apr. 17 - Charlotte, NC @ Filmore Underground
Apr. 18 - Silver Springs, MD @ The Filmore
Apr. 20 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Apr. 22 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Apr. 23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Apr. 25 - Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
Apr. 26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Music Hall
Apr. 27 - Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Apr. 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Cabooze
Apr. 29 - Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
May 01 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater
May 02 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Complex
May 04 - San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
May 05 - Anaheim, CA @ Grove Anaheim
May 06 - Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
May 08 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
May 09 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
May 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 12 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
May 13 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood recently spoke to the band's German fan club about the progress of the writing sessions for the follow-up to 2015's "Haven" album. He said: "I just returned from a second round of songwriting with Oliver [Palotai, keyboards], and we have around fifteen solid song ideas. We will now start working on the details and decide which ones are the best for the album. So far the demos are really sounding heavy and melodic. I spoke to [producer] Sascha Paeth last week regarding the recordings, co-songwriting, production and possible special guests. It's still an exciting process for me, even after many years of doing this."
Asked if he already has ideas about a lyrical theme for the new album, Thomas said: "We are discussing this now: will the new album be a concept or not? Not sure yet… Once we discuss song topics, ideas, direction, we will know for sure. I think many of our albums have some thread throughout, whether it's a long story or series of stories that convey a feeling or topic. On 'Haven', we had a dystopia vision and the songs all worked into this direction. I feel the new material has some of the 'Haven' vibe, but with new ideas and elements. As a writer, I need to feel growth and evolution."
"Haven" sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in May 2015 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" featured guest appearances by Alissa White-Gluz (ARCH ENEMY, ex-THE AGONIST), Troy Donockley (NIGHTWISH) and Charlotte Wessels (DELAIN). The g cover and artwork was created by Stefan Heilemann and additional art/layout was done by Gustavo Sazes.