Kamelot‘s consolidation as a top class metal act comes from many years back, their music, their style, their stage presence. All of that makes this band more than legendary. But the consolidation of the beginning of a new era comes with a new vocalist, an epic new album, and a heavy touring schedule.
I believed I have seen Kamelot probably 5 to 6 times, and each experience has been different. from a small club in Tempe, AZ back in 2007, in 2010 at ProgPower USA XI with Michael Eriksen (Circus Maximus), Jake E (Amaranthe) and their new frontman Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder), then again in 2011 on that occasion featuring Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine) on vocals. The last couple of times was during their tour supporting Nightwish last year, and this year’s North American tour along side with Delain and Eklipse.
Everytime has been different and special, either because of the set list, the place, their tour guesses, or just because they had pulled through and put a hell of a show no matter what. This year was not different as I got to see them twice in Anaheim, CA, and the next day in Tempe, AZ.
Their show in Anaheim was unreal, from watching Casey‘s custom drum kit light up like a Christmas tree during his drum solo, to witness My Confession performed with the four ladies on Eklipse, and not to forget Coen Jansen (Epica) who is replacing Oliver Palotai on keyboards, as he is on paternally leave. But one of the things it got me the most it was the confidence, and security that Tommy Kaverik had developed after more than a year since he joined Kamelot as full-time frontman. Not that he didn’t have any before, it just this time felt different.
The show in Tempe was more intimate, and a bit more crowded as the club was small. Kamelot played a well-balanced set with material from Ghost Opera, Epica, Karma, The Black Halo, but really focus on songs from their latest album Silverthorn. The live versions of Veritas, Song Of Jolee, My Confession and Sacrimony took a lot of energy for the crowd who sung every word along with Tommy.
During their stop here in Tempe, AZ we had the chance to seat down with Thomas Youngblood and Tommy Kaverik of Kamelot. We talked about the tour, the impact of Silverthorn, the experience of Tommy as full-time frontman, and what is next for Kamelot.