In 2018, Kamelot released “The Shadow Theory” to critical acclaim. After five years, Kamelot now returns with their next full-length studio album, “The Awakening,” due out on March 17th via Napalm Records. The album’s lead single “One More Flag in the Ground” has amassed more than 430,000 streams on Spotify and 435,000 views on the official music video. With thirteen tracks and features by three guest musicians, including Grammy-nominated cellist Tina Guo and Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum), “The Awakening” promises to be one of the most exciting albums from Kamelot in the last decade.
Vocalist Tommy Karevik first joined Kamelot more than a decade ago, with his first studio appearance on “Silverthorn” in 2012. “Haven” followed in 2015, with another three years passing before “The Shadow Theory.” Karevik is also known for his role as the vocalist and front-man of Seventh Wonder, which released “The Testament” in 2022, and toured in support of the album shortly after.
“The Awakening” is not a concept album as some of Kamelot’s prior works, but a cinematic collection of emotion and poetry that seeks to inspire its listeners. From moving ballads like “Midsummer’s Eve” to the supercharged “My Pantheon,” Kamelot pays homage to its roots with moving hymnal sections while keeping its modern intensity. Old and new fans alike will find something to love in “The Awakening.”
Although Karevik has been busy as the face of two power-metal powerhouses, he took the time to speak with Sonic Perspectives contributor Samantha Buckman about “The Awakening.” Tommy discussed the themes in the album, the fears he has had to overcome in his career, and the possibility of solo material in the future, along with much more. Listen or watch their conversation below and remember that for more interviews and other daily content, make sure to follow Sonic Perspectives on Facebook, Flipboard and Twitter and subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.
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Having reigned supreme with the release of internationally top-charting melodic metal pinnacles such as “The Fourth Legacy” (1999), “The Black Halo” (2005), “Silverthorn” (2012), “Haven” (2015, #1 US Hard Rock Albums), and most recently 2018’s acclaimed “The Shadow Theory” (#2 US Hard Music Albums), The Awakening enters the KAMELOT legacy as their most massive and diverse offering yet – mixing symphonic, gothic, melodic, progressive and power metal styles while yielding some of the heaviest tracks in the band’s history.
KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood says: “With The Awakening, we have one of our most diverse albums in years. We’ve fused elements from progressive, power and gothic metal to symphonic and melodic metal on this one. Working with incredible guest artists from around the music industry and having producer Sascha Paeth and Jacob Hansen mixing gave us another step up on overall sound. This album offers everything to KAMELOT fans and also reaches beyond borders to new metal and hard rock legions.”
Showcasing the incomparable, stage-seasoned vocal acrobatics of Tommy Karevik and increasingly airtight, renowned technical teamwork of guitarist Thomas Youngblood, drummer Alex Landenburg, keyboardist Oliver Palotai and bassist Sean Tibbetts, The Awakening embraces enlivening themes that every listener can relate to. KAMELOT’s intense brand of ultramodern gothic and symphonic theatricality is amplified further and with more emotionality than ever on this inspiring, anticipated addition to the KAMELOT legacy.
“The Awakening” Track-Listing:
1. Overture (Intro)
2. The Great Divide
4. One More Flag in the Ground
5. Opus of the Night (Ghost Requiem)
6. Midsummer’s Eve
9. The Looking Glass
10. New Babylon
12. My Pantheon (Forevermore)
13. Ephemera (Outro)
KAMELOT are one of few bands in the symphonic genre to fully embrace the dark, but of course, there can be no light without it. Inspiring, engaging lyrical themes of determination, strength, overcoming personal battles and growth are abound on “The Awakening”, provoked by extreme societal shifts and the overwhelming realization that we have such a brief time to be true to ourselves and live life to its fullest.
With crystal clear modern production helmed by the band and longtime producer Sascha Paeth, plus mixing and mastering by Jacob Hansen of Hansen Studios, KAMELOT’s score-like 13th studio album is accented by guest contributions from the likes of Melissa Bonny (Ad Infinitum) and renowned instrumentalists like violinist Florian Janoske and Grammy nominated, soundtrack-featured cellist Tina Guo.
“The Awakening” will be available in the following formats:
- Digital Album
- CD Digipak
- CD Digipak + Shirt Bundle – Napalm Records exclusive
- 2-LP Gatefold Vinyl Black
- 2-LP Gatefold Vinyl in Splatter Red + Black – Napalm Records exclusive (European webstore), limited to 500
- 2-LP Gatefold in Marbled White + Black – Napalm Records exclusive (North American webstore), limited to 300
- 48p Earbook with 7” Vinyl Single – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 500
- Wooden Boxset with Envelope Opener, Flag, Patch and Band Postcard – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 1000
- Music Cassette – Napalm Records exclusive, limited to 100
- Tommy Karevik / Vocals
- Thomas Youngblood / Guitars
- Oliver Palotai / Keyboards
- Sean Tibbetts / Bass
- Alex Landenburg / Drums