Thomas Youngblood and drummer Richard Warner founded KAMELOT in Tampa, Florida back in 1992. In 1994 the band signed a deal with Noise Records, and the release of the debut Eternity followed in August of the next year. The press praised the album as one of most promising debuts of all time. In 1996 the successor Dominion hit the stores, an opus that was even more diverse and varied than the debut. Then in 1997, drummer Warner as well as singer Mark Vanderbilt had to be replaced. KAMELOT found more than just mere substitutes in Casey Grillo and former Conception singer Khan, who had already joined the band during the production of the third album, Siege Perilous. The new line-up undertook an extensive tour of Europe during the fall of the same year, only to return to the Gate Studio in Wolfsburg twelve months later to produce their fourth studio effort, The Fourth Legacy. The summer of 2000 brought the New Allegiance Tour through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece and Spain, during which the recordings for KAMELOT’s first live album The Expedition were made.
Only a few months later the band presented their fifth album entitled Karma, which took Khan, Youngblood, Grillo and Barry on yet another European tour. Epica arrived in 2003 and combined all the fortes of the previous productions with new ideas and majestic sounds, followed by another tour as headliners in Europe, Japan, Mexico and the US, as well many top festival appearances.
The Black Halo added another exciting and epic chapter to the band’s brilliant history. The continuation of their Faustus adaptation about the battle between good and evil that began on the predecessor album, Epica, again combined Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s opus with the band’s own experiences and views.
KAMELOT’s video ‘The Haunting’ and ‘March of Mephisto’ became huge hits on YouTube and prompted the band to launch their own YouTube channel, aptly titled KamTV. KamTV’s initial launch hurled the band into YouTube’s top 10 music channels and #1 Metal Channel, transcending all genres. With the release of The Black Halo, KAMELOT started on a headliner tour in Europe, North American, Japan and Brazil, with countless festivals around the globe.
Following the hugely successful album, KAMELOT released their first live DVD, called One Cold Winter’s Night, directed by the well known film company Revolver Films and world-renowned director, Patric Ullaeus. The DVD was heralded by the press and fans alike and set a new standard for DVDs in the genre. Subsequently, KAMELOT presented themselves more sinister and soulful on Ghost Opera (2007) and Poetry For The Poisoned (2010), but have now returned to the melodic aspects of their multi-layered sound with their new vocalist Tommy Karevik and the album, Silverthorn.
Silverthorn, went directly to the top, debuting at the #1 position on Amazon’s Heavy Metal Chart! Along with this amazing accomplishment, KAMELOT also impacted major charts in other categories including the #9 position on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart, #24 on the Rock Charts, #79 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, as well as appearing on multiple international charts. Silverthorn was released on October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany, and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. The CD marked the band’s first release with new singer, Tommy Karevik.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS:
Founded in 2009 in Calgary, Canada, Kobra and the Lotus made an immediate impact on campus and internet radio stations. The band fronted by Kobra Paige first came to the fore in 2010 when Gene Simmons’ label encouraged them to partially re-record and remix their debut ‘Out of the Pit’. This was followed by a successful release in the US and Canada. Their self-titled second album (2012) brought them to Europe for the first time. Two years later, their third full-length CD ‘High Priestess’ was released to universal praise. Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, Dio and Iron Maiden, and with frontwoman Kobra Paige’s Halfordian vocal range as the main attraction, Kobra and the Lotus are one of classic metal’s rising stars.