American/Norwegian metallers KAMELOT have formed the recording label Kamelot Media Group (KMG Recordings). Teaming up with DisManic Distribution via E1 and the brand marketing and promotions company Knife Fight Media, KMG's premier label release will be the North American debut of KAMELOT's highly anticipated ninth studio album, "Poetry For The Poisoned", due on September 14.
The formation of KMG Recordings seems a natural progression for KAMELOT, which is considered to be one of metal's most unique, influential and prestigious acts to come along in decades.
Commented guitarist Thomas Youngblood, "We are in a very unique and fast-changing era for the music world.
"I am very excited about the new venture of KMG in North America.
"We have a team of experienced and passionate people working with us on this new release, which will be another step for KAMELOT and our fans."
KMG Recordings turned to Gunter Ford, music veteran and founder of World Entertainment Inc., and Knife Fight Media, who worked with KAMELOT on the "Ghost Opera" and "The Black Halo" releases, to oversee and manage the new label. Gunter stated, "In these changing times, Knife Fight Media was created in order to provide marketing, promotion, product development and label management services for artists and labels in need of maximizing their brand in a fast-changing and challenging landscape of the North American music industry.
"I believe the KAMELOT 'brand' is one of the leaders in its genre.
"I will be working closely with Thomas Youngblood, Roy Khan, DisManic and the Knife Fight Media team around this fantastic new release to grow 'Poetry For The Poisoned' even beyond the level of success we experienced with their previous releases in North America."
KAMELOT's reputation among fans and media alike is marked by enthusiasm as well as esteem, with each of its eight studio albums to date surpassing its predecessor in terms of songwriting, production and commercial results. As one of the most difficult-to-categorize artists on the metal scene, KAMELOT is ready to release its most insightful and ambitious album to date, "Poetry for the Poisoned".
Throughout the recent years, KAMELOT's releases have achieved cult status around the world, and "Poetry for the Poisoned" will "once again raise the bar for others to follow," according to a press release. "The new studio album blends their trademark KAMELOT sound with new elements and a creation of musical art that will set a new standard in the genre."
"Poetry for the Poisoned" was mostly written in the remote woods of Norway to the final songwriting sessions in a remote region of Germany. The compositions take the listener through many emotions and dynamics that touch the soul and the mind.
"I think this album is by far our most diverse, fusing new ideas and elements along with the traditional KAMELOT sound and style that we have established over the years," states KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood.
Recordings took place in the familiar Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro. Additional tracking also took place in Tampa, Florida as well as various studios in Sweden, Greece and the U.S.
"Poetry for the Poisoned" features guest appearances by Simone Simons (EPICA),Gus G. (OZZY OSBOURNE, FIREWIND),Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) and Jon Oliva (SAVATAGE, JON OLIVA'S PAIN). The artwork was created by many great artists, including Seth Siro Anton, Natalie Shau and Michal Loranc.
"'Poetry For The Poisoned' is a mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal," states Youngblood. "It comes at a time where many people around the world are searching for something to grab on to spiritually, including myself. I recently lost my mother and to be honest it was very hard on me. So there are some melancholy moods reflected on this album."
Frontman Roy Khan assures that "Poetry for the Poisoned" will both please the band's existing following and expose the universe of KAMELOT to a whole range of new fans. "'Poetry for the Poisoned' is our longest and toughest production so far, but when I hear the result I know it was well worth the struggle," he says.
"Poetry For The Poisoned" will be available in three versions:
* Regular CD edition
* Digipak CD with bonus DVD
* Two-LP gatefold vinyl edition
DVD bonus material:
* "The Great Pandemonium" video
* Exclusive and in-depth interviews with each KAMELOT member
* "Pick and Play" for the song "The Great Pandemonium"
* "Poetry For The Poisoned" background images
* Exclusive video footage from Norway Rock festival 2010
* Bonus song "House On A Hill" (uncut version)
KAMELOT will release "Poetry For The Poisoned" through earMUSIC/Edel in Europe on September 10. Marquee/Avalon Records will make the CD available in Japan.
"Poetry For The Poisoned" track listing:
01. The Great Pandemonium
02. If Tomorrow Came
03. Dear Editor
04. The Zodiac
05. Hunter's Season
06. House On A Hill
08. My Train Of Thoughts
09. Seal Of Woven Years
"Poetry For The Poisoned"
10. Pt. I - Incubus
11. Pt. II - So Long
12. Pt. III - All Is Over
13. Pt. IV - Dissection
14. Once Upon A Time
KAMELOT recently tapped Swedish director Owe Lingvall of Village Road Films for the video shoot and production of the song "The Great Pandemonium".
Simone Simons — the longtime girlfriend of KAMELOT keyboardist Oliver Palotai — previously appeared on the song "The Haunting", which was included on KAMELOT's 2005 album "The Black Halo".
KAMELOT will embark on its first North American tour in two years in September. Support on the trek will come from LEAVES' EYES and BLACKGUARD.
Roy Khan - Vocals
Thomas Youngblood - Guitar
Casey Grillo - Drums
Oliver Palotai - Keyboards
Sean Tibbets - Bass