PowerOfMetal.dk recently conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On what KAMELOT singer Tommy Karevik has added to the band’s sound since joining the group in 2012:
“He’s an amazing frontman, a killer songwriter, great with lyrics, a team player. And I think he’s injected a new spirit into the band, in terms of his energy and youth. I mean, I couldn’t have scripted it better, honestly. During [the making of the latest KAMELOT album] ‘Haven’, he was crucial with his lyrics and his vocal melodies and some of the music.”
On how important it is to stick to the traditional KAMELOT sound while composing new material:
“We don’t really think about the ‘sound’ — I mean, it comes out automatically, because I’m still part of the core songwriting and there are certain elements that we will always have within KAMELOT. But with ‘Haven’, and, to a certain degree, [2012’s] ‘Silverthorn’, we wanted to build on that sound and go a little bit more modern with different techniques. ‘Haven’ has a different mixing process and the mastering, different elements within the songwriting.”
On KAMELOT’s plans to release a new concert DVD:
“We just pretty much finalized contractual plans for a DVD, so now we have to figure out where we’re gonna do it and whether it’s gonna be part of a tour or it’s gonna be a one-off concert, like we did before. That’s all being planned right now, so we’re not totally sure yet. But hopefully next year we’ll be able to shoot that and [get it out] to the fans.”
“Haven” sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
The CD was made available on May 5 in North America and May 8 in the rest of the world (excluding Asia) 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” features 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.
KAMELOT is currently on a massive world tour, with a number of shows scheduled for October as part of the band’s biggest European headlining tour to date. KAMELOT will then return to the road for the second leg of its North American tour in November and December.