We are pleased to reveal an exciting music video for the new fan favorite album single “Eventide”. The video showcases the band playing puppet masters inside a castle far beyond imagination, setting a scene of gothic darkess amid love lost.
KAMELOT founder and guitarist Thomas Youngblood states: “Melissa Bonny joined us on this new album and massive tour, and she has been amazing to say the least. We are really excited to have her in this new video and also on the upcoming tour in North America!”
North American Headline Tour, featuring support from special guests Battle Beast and labelmates Xandria, begins August 17! CLICK HERE for dates and tickets links.
Modern heavy symphonic metal leaders KAMELOT recently released their most introspective, uplifting, vital release to date – their first full-length in five years, The Awakening. The album, which debuted at #2 on the US Current Hard Music Albums chart and #27 on the Current Album Sales chart, connected with fans and critics alike – touted by many as the best late-era KAMELOT release to date!
Now, following the album’s release and their recent European headline tour, the band is thrilled to finally announce their 2023 “Awaken The World” North American headline tour, featuring special guests Battle Beast and additional support from labelmates Xandria! The tour kicks off in Silver Spring, MD on August 17, visiting several major cities in the US and Canada before coming to an end on September 9 in Orlando, FL.
Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning on Wednesday, April 26 at 10:00 AM ET, with general on sale starting on Friday, April 28 at 10:00 AM ET.
KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood offers: “We are beyond excited to return to North America for the Awaken The World Tour! We just returned from four weeks in Europe to packed houses, so we cannot wait to play new songs and the new set to the KAMELOT Nation US and Canada. Joining us on the journey will be our good friends and live legends Battle Beast from Finland, as well as our friends Xandria, who are returning to our shores to round off an amazing lineup. See you all at the shows!”
AWAKEN THE WORLD NORTH AMERICAN TOUR 2023
with special guests Battle Beast + additional support from Xandria
August 17th – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
August 18th – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
August 19th – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
August 21st – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
August 22nd – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
August 24th – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theater
August 25th – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
August 26th – Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
August 27th – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
August 30th – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
September 1st – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
September 2nd – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
September 3rd – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
September 5th – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
September 6th – Dallas, TX @ The Echo Lounge & Music Hall
September 8th – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage (ProgPower USA XXII) – SOLD OUT! – *Kamelot only
September 9th – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
After much anticipation, modern heavy symphonic titans KAMELOT announced the upcoming release of their most introspective, uplifting, vital release to date – their first full-length in five years, The Awakening, out March 17, 2023 via Napalm Records. The Awakening enters the KAMELOT legacy as their most massive and diverse offering yet – mixing symphonic, gothic, melodic,
progressive and power metal styles while yielding some of the heaviest tracks in the band’s history.
Following the release of the album’s widely-lauded debut single, One More Flag in the Ground – which fans can already hear on rock radio stations across the United States – today, the band have released their operatic second single, Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem), featuring Grammy nominated, soundtrack-featured cellist Tina Guo. Presented with a new lyric video, the track is an exciting thematic continuation of a story born on 2007’s Ghost Opera album, celebrating the healing impact music has on the human heart and mind.
KAMELOT vocalist Tommy Karevik offers: “The music of KAMELOT has always carried the message of hope, light and a feeling of resolution. This story is a prime example of that. “Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem)” honors the traditional dark and melodic sound of the band while bringing some new and exciting elements to the table.”
The Awakening embraces enlivening themes that every listener can relate to. Inspiring, engaging lyrics of determination, strength, overcoming personal battles and growth are abound on The Awakening, provoked by extreme societal shifts and the overwhelming realization that we have such a brief time to be true to ourselves and live life to its fullest.
One of the most innovative and prestigious bands in modern symphonic metal, heavy icons KAMELOT, are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their most introspective, uplifting, vital release to date – their first full-length in five years, 2023’s aptly titled The Awakening, out March 17, 2023 via Napalm Records.
Having reigned supreme with the release of internationally top-charting melodic metal pinnacles such as The Fourth Legacy (1999), The Black Halo (2005), Silverthorn (2012), Haven (2015, #1 US Hard Rock Albums), and most recently 2018’s acclaimed The Shadow Theory (#2 US Hard Music Albums), The Awakening enters the KAMELOT legacy as their most massive and diverse offering yet – mixing symphonic, gothic, melodic, progressive and power metal styles while yielding some of the heaviest tracks in the band’s history.
Today, alongside the announcement of The Awakening, KAMELOT have gifted fans with the first single from the album – the unforgettably huge, radio-ready anthem “One More Flag in the Ground”. The track proves the band’s unwavering skill of balancing rock and metal potency, and explores important lyrical themes of fighting physical or mental disease, illness or strife.
KAMELOT vocalist Tommy Karevik offers: “The main focus on this video and song was to have a metaphor for the struggles of fighting disease or illness, whether it being physical or mental. Each step of healing and recovery is another Flag in the Ground. With every little step, one more victory won…”
KAMELOT is one of few bands in the symphonic genre to fully embrace the dark, but of course, there can be no light without it. Inspiring, engaging lyrical themes of determination, strength, overcoming personal battles and growth are abound on The Awakening, provoked by extreme societal shifts and the overwhelming realization that we have such a brief time to be true to ourselves and live life to its fullest.
With crystal clear modern production helmed by the band and longtime producer Sascha Paeth, plus mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios, KAMELOT’s score-like 13th studio album is accented by guest contributions from the likes of Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum) and renowned instrumentalists like violinist Florian Janoske and Grammy nominated, soundtrack-featured cellist Tina Guo.
KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood says: “With The Awakening, we have one of our most diverse albums in years. We’ve fused elements from progressive, power and gothic metal to symphonic and melodic metal on this one. Working with incredible guest artists from around the music industry and having producer Sascha Paeth and Jacob Hansen mixing gave us another step up on overall sound. This album offers everything to KAMELOT fans and also reaches beyond borders to new metal and hard rock legions.”
Showcasing the incomparable, stage-seasoned vocal acrobatics of Tommy Karevik and increasingly airtight, renowned technical teamwork of guitarist Thomas Youngblood, drummer Alex Landenburg, keyboardist Oliver Palotai and bassist Sean Tibbetts, The Awakening embraces enlivening themes that every listener can relate to. KAMELOT’s intense brand of ultramodern gothic and symphonic theatricality is amplified further and with more emotionality than ever on this inspiring, anticipated addition to the KAMELOT legacy.
“THE AWAKENING” TRACKLISTING:
01. Overture (Intro)
02. The Great Divide
04. One More Flag in the Ground
05. Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem)
06. Midsummer’s Eve
09. The Looking Glass
10. New Babylon
12. My Pantheon (Forevermore)
13. Ephemera (Outro)
Tracks honoring KAMELOT trademarks like cinematic “The Great Divide” and darkly hopeful eternal farewell to a loved one, “Eventide”, prove that while The Awakening stays true to the aural foundations fans have embraced for decades, equally-addictive outputs like “One More Flag in the Ground” – a radio-ready anthem about overcoming seemingly unbeatable illness and the mental challenges we all face, featuring additional vocal layers from JUNO Award winning musician and producer Brian Howes – showcase a band devoid of sonic stagnancy. Profound compositions are plentiful, like stage-ready, operatic “Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem)”, which features a hair-raising dual solo from guitarist Thomas Youngblood and guest cellist Tina Guo, as well as epic, synth-laden “New Babylon”, elevated by the dynamic vocal attack of frontman Tommy Karevik and Ad Infinitum’s Melissa Bonny. Further balancing darkness with light, grooving, heartfelt “NightSky” and ode to conquering one’s adversities “My Pantheon (Forevermore)” boast some of the album’s heaviest moments and most complex guitar solos, while pensive hymns such as Celtic-infused “Midsummer’s Eve” and ebbing-and-flowing hymn of cherished memories “Willow” provide necessary balance to an album fittingly primed for spectacular performances to come.
One of the most innovative and prestigious bands in modern symphonic metal, unstoppable icons KAMELOT, are coming back to European stages on their upcoming headline tour, beginning March 12, 2023 in Prattlen, CH! The glorious American band, founded and led by mastermind and guitarist Thomas Youngblood, have announced new dates in 12 cities in 10 countries, with more shows to be confirmed soon!
KAMELOT are ready to enchant fans with their internationally top-charting melodic metal pinnacles, accompanied by uplifting and uniquevery special guests Myrath, plus additional support from rising Swedish talent Eleine and modern metal revelation League of Distortion. The highly-anticipated tour promises evenings to remember, chock full of musical diversity and hard-hitting melodies. Don’t miss KAMELOT on their energetic tour through Europe – tickets are available at TOUR section and via individual venues now!
Thomas Youngblood of KAMELOT states:“Kamelot Legions Europe! We are pleased to announce cities for our first round of the Awaken The World Tour 2023! Special guests will be the mighty Myrath and openers Eleine, along with League of Distortion. We’re thrilled to share this information just in time for Christmas!”