For some reason I’ve just been way out of the loop for the past few weeks. I haven’t been keeping up with current events in any spectrum, let alone the music world, which is shame because when that happens I tend to miss pretty cool things like new Kamelot announcements.

I’m a huge Kamelot fan, and whilst their 2010 effort Poetry for the Poisoned wasn’t my favorite thing they’ve ever released, it is cool to see the band experimenting with artistic videos  like the one for their song ‘Necropolis‘. It may not win best video of the year, but it’s definitely worth watching.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8pd99KBLjs]

Alongside this, the band have announced that they’ve begun the process of writing new material. Here’s the official press release:

“Hi Kamelotians!
The band is busy working on new songs and continuing to review audition videos for the singer position. “We are getting real close to making a choice, there are some amazingly talented singers out there.” – states Kamelot’s bassist Sean Tibbetts. “We are taking our time on this, the vocals for the new album will be done last, like always. So there is no rush to make the decision now.” Kamelot will return to Gate Studios/Germany starting in January with Sascha Paeth producing. The production is expected to be several months long and will include special guests, orchestra arrangements and much more. This album will be the follow up to ‘Poetry for the Poisoned’. “The new songs are really coming along great, lots of variation, melody and energy.” – adds Kamelot’s guitarist Thomas Youngblood. Next live show for Kamelot will be the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise in January! See tour page on Kamelot.com for ticket info!”

If by “follow up” they mean they’re going to be going in the same direction as Poetry, well, that is a bit disappointing. I’m also not completely sold on Sascha Paeth producing this album. I don’t want Kamelot suffering from the same thing that Edguy are going through, as I mentioned in my review earlier this year.

With that said, I have mixed feelings about the band continuing on without vocalist Roy Khan. I love the band, and I want them to continue doing great things, but it’s definitely going to be difficult for them to find someone to take Khan’s place. For me, and many others, Khan’s vocals were a quintessential aspect to the band’s sound. If it wasn’t for him I don’t think the band would have ever gotten off the ground, god knows their first vocalist wasn’t doing them any favors. I just hope they don’t pick up a generic Power Metal vocalist, something that bands in this genre are apt to do in situations like this. Anyways, enjoy the video, and let’s hope for the best with Kamelot’s future endeavors.

– EC

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