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Kamelot – Haven

By Clayton

Kamelot has recently released yet another masterpiece of an album, called HAVEN and once again… I am in love with this piece of musical art. Kamelot’s music needs no convincing in my book; their music is just amazing. So far I have loved all albums. The only exception would maybe be Poetry for the Poisoned.

But back to HAVEN.

Kamelot - Haven

This is the second album with Tommy Karevik as the band’s vocalist and once again Tommy has proven to be a great successor to the previous singer. Such a powerful voice that will make your tingle when he pours out those strong notes and he will make you go all emotional with the lower sensitive notes. That guy can probably sing the phone book and it will sound great.

I have been listening to HAVEN constantly since the release and the songs are also starting to linger in my head when I am not listening to it. After having listened to the album for a couple of times I am also able to sing-a-long to most songs. I have also pick out my favorite tracks (so far).

  • Fallen Star
  • Insomnia
  • Veil of Elysium
  • Under Grey Skies
  • My Therapy
  • End of Innocence
  • Liar Liar (Wasteland Monarchy)
  • Revolution

These are the songs that I constantly keep putting on repeat.

The album can be described as a mixture of the previous albums Silverthorn and Ghost Opera. Probably should have been named “Ghost Thorn” or “Silver Opera”, but I guess HAVEN was a much better fit. 😉

Looking at the band’s Facebook page, it seems that they album is also doing great on the music charts, which is well deserved. Congratulations KamNation \m/

Kamelot - Haven Billboard

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Short videos of Revamp and Kamelot

By Clayton

Here are 2 videos, which I forgot to share earlier of Revamp and Kamelot in Tilburg last month. Since my camera battery was low, I wasn’t able to film the entire songs. But there will be a Kamelot documentary from that night coming out eventually, so there is still a chance to see more.

 

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Kamelot + Revamp live in Tilburg

By Clayton

Kamelot live in Tilburg posterYesterday I attended one of the best live shows I’ve been to: Kamelot!! The best show AFTER the Epica ones I’ve attended of course (hihi) But seriously now! Kamelot is great; both on their albums and on stage. The entire band is full of energy and Tommy Karevik is one awesome singer and entertainer. I left the venue with a feeling of complete and utter satisfaction.

Let me start at the beginning.
I had ordered my ticket for the show in September via Patrick (as usual) and since there was a VIP package available I went for that. It’s not every day you get to see a band like Kamelot – at least I don’t – so I went for the ultimate experience. The VIP ticket held in that you get to enter the venue an hour earlier than the rest of the crowd, get a signing session with the band and got to take your picture taken with the entire band.

I arrived at in 013 an hour before the VIP ticket holders were about to be let inside. Luckily I got to skip the long line and didn’t have to wait very long outside. Once inside I bought the latest Kamelot record Silverthorn, which I didn’t own physically yet, and went to the signing session with the band. Got a signature from all band members on a poster and on the CD and after that my photo taken with them.

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After the VIP session we were let into the concert hall. The openings band Tellus Requiem was still busy with their sound check. About an hour later they took the stage. Tellus Requiem wasn’t really that special. I honestly don’t remember one song and the vocalist also didn’t stand out that much to me. There songs were a bit all over the place and weren’t catchy and lacked rhythm. This is just my personal opinion, but from the reactions I’ve heard, I wasn’t the only one that wasn’t really amused by this band.

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Luckily the band that most people were more excited about – besides Kamelot of course – soon took over the stage: REVAMP. The Dutch band from no one other than the amazing Floor Jansen. This was my first time seeing Floor live; first time was with Mayan in 2011, but I was very excited, because I’m a huge fan of Floor’s voice and her band’s music. Sadly, they weren’t the main act, so the set list wasn’t that long, but it was long enough to fully enjoy the powerful voice of Floor. The crowd seemed to be very excited just as I am, because everyone was cheering “Floortje, Floortje, Floortje!” very loud. Revamp rocked!
(See the set list they played here)

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As soon as Revamp was finished playing the stage was cleared for Kamelot. There was a huge curtain set up and in about half an hour we could hear the intro music of Kamelot. It was showtime!!!

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It’s a boy!!! Congratulations Simone & Oliver

By Clayton

On Wednesday the 2nd of October at 11:26pm,
Simone delivered Vincent G. Palotai safe into the world.

“Both Vincent and me are doing great. He is a perfect little man.
Thank you for all the love and well wishes you have sent us. It is absolutely heartwarming!
Love from the Palotai’s!”

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Simone Simons & Oliver Palotai

Since the 23rd of March 2013, the night of Epica’s 10th anniversary show “Retrospect”, we saw that baby bump. We all still were a bit uncertain, but soon enough there was no denying it anymore: Simone Simons was pregnant. She didn’t confirm it until a month later, but once she did it was nice to see Simone with her growing bump still rocking the stages around the world.

9 months later… the wait is over and the baby is born. That little boy will probably grow up to be one of those super talented musical kids. Mommy is a mezzo-soprano singer and the lead vocalist of Epica, one of Holland’s biggest symphonic metal bands and daddy is a very talented classically-trained German (of Hungarian ancestry) composer/keyboard player of the power metal band Kamelot. Not to mention, the baby got to inherit some very nice genes! 🙂

Meanwhile the Epica boys have been busy preparing for the Epica album which will be released in April 2014, along with an album release show in Poppodium 013 in Tilburg. More info can be found on the Epica official website. Not sure if I will be able to make it, but I am hoping that my school schedule and work agenda (AND of course my finances) allow me to travel to Holland for the return of EPICA.

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Kamelot – Silverthorn (album review)

By Clayton

Silverthorn_coverIt’s been about 3 weeks now that I got Kamelot’s latest masterpiece “Silverthorn“.
This album is everything every Kamelot fan can hope for. It’s a million times better than the previous record “Poetry for the poisoned”. Admit it; that album is not the symphonic power metal band’s best record.

Silverthorn is a concept album and I read another reviewer write that Kamelot only seems to put out a really outstanding record when the album is a concept album. I think that reviewer is kind of right. This is the best album after the release of “The Black Halo” (which was my first Kamelot album by the way). You don’t even notice the absence of Roy Khan on this new release. No disrespect to Roy. You know that I am a huge fan of his voice, but Tommy does an amazing job on this album. He officially is my new favorite male vocalist. 🙂

Each track on this record has something unique and as soon as the last track ends I usually hit the replay button and listen to the entire album (or my favorite tracks on it) again.

My favorite tracks on this album are: Manus Dei (intro), Sacrimony (Angel of afterlife), Torn, Song for Jolee, Veritas, My confession, Silverthorn and Solitaire. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like the other songs. These just seem to be the tracks that I mostly put back on replay. The composition of the songs is great. A few of them are very “typical Kamelot”, but that doesn’t matter. That’s what we love. The female vocals are a nice touch to the album too.

This certainly goes on my favorite album releases of 2012 🙂

I would give this album a 10/10

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Kamelot has a new vocalist!!! Tommy Karevik

By Clayton

Kamelot_Tommy_Web1I just read the news that my favorite male fronted band Kamelot has picked a new singer. His name is Tommy Karevik.

I don’t know Tommy, but went on Youtube to search (see the video below). I have to say that I am very impressed with his vocal abilities. The band has done a great job in picking Tommy as their new singer, because he sounds just like Roy Khan.

As you know I am a huge fan of the former singer Roy Khan and was very bumped to read about his departure, but while I was watching the video I barely noticed the difference in singing. I even closed my eyes and simply listened…. sounds perfect.

Not many bands pick a right singer and usually change their entire musical style. Sometimes it works, most times it doesn’t. But in this case I am satisfied and am looking forward to hear the upcoming new Kamelot album. I am sure that it will yet another masterpiece.

Read the article about Tommy on Kamelot.com

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Roy Khan left Kamelot?!! WTH??! :’-(

Roy Khan

I just found out that one of my favourite singers, Roy Khan, resigned himself as the frontman of one of my favourite bands KAMELOT. Even worse, is that this isn’t something that has been announced recently, but has happened almost 5 months ago now. And I was unaware of this mayor news.

I discovered it when I stumbled upon a live video of Kamelot on Youtube, but another singer was doing the vocals. It was Fabio Lione, the singer of Rhapsody of Fire. So I googled to see if that song had been covered by Rhapsody of Fire. I don’t know Rhapsody of Fire their music, so I wasn’t sure. That’s when I found out that Fabio had replaced Roy Khan during the USA Kamelot tour.

This is very sad news, because I really admire Roy Khan’s vocals.
He’s one of the few male singers that I really enjoy listening to and appreciate. Roy is a trained opera singer who sings metal. Sort of like all the female opera singers I like who do metal: Tarja Turunen, Floor Jansen, Simone Simons… but he’s the male version. I really like it, because if I ever was to pursuit my dream of becoming a rockstar myself, I would probably have the same style as Roy Khan. Vocally and his image.

I bought my first Kamelot album: The Black Halo a few years ago in a local store. You barely are able to buy (original) metal albums in this country, so I was shocked to find it here. I had only heard of the band, but never their music. I usually never but an album, without doing some research on the band first, but I decided to do so anyways, and to this day I don’t regret it! 🙂 Kamelot is am-A-zing!!!

And who can ignore that amazing song which Kamelot did featuring Simone Simons:
The Haunting (somewhere in time)“. And everyone knows how I just looove Simone 🙂
Also the song of EPICA featuring Roy Khan: “Trois Vierges”.

I really hope that Roy doesn’t disappear from the metal scene completely and that the world will still be able to enjoy such an amazing talent. I also hope that Kamelot will continue to make great music and that they find a perfect singer to continue the bands legacy. I wish Roy lots of luck in his future plans and hope to hear his voice soon again!

Roy Khan onstage

“Don’t say goodbye like we’ll never meet again!” – KAMELOT

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