KAMELOT Guitarist: 'We Try To Challenge Ourselves And Challenge The Fans'

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Kaaos TV carried out an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood previous to the band’s September 25 live performance at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland. You can watch your entire chat beneath. A couple of excerpts observe (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On the writing course of for the band’s 12th studio album, “The Shadow Theory”:

Thomas: “Oddly sufficient, it nonetheless feels contemporary and we even have type of a brand new songwriting staff. I fly to Germany and work with our keyboard participant [Oliver Palotai] and we work along with our producer [Sascha Paeth] and singer [Tommy Karevik]. They’re additionally primarily based in Germany after we work collectively. We wished to make a report that was type of just a little primarily based on the ‘shadow’ theme from Carl Jung; that is the place ‘The Shadow Theory’ got here from.”

On whether or not “The Shadow Theory” is influenced by present occasions:

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KAMELOT Guitarist: 'We Try To Challenge Ourselves And Challenge The Fans'

Thomas: “Even with the final album, ‘Haven’, we began to the touch just a little bit on this dystopic course the world’s getting into. Obviously, it is onerous to disregard, with international warming and issues like that. Even although some individuals need to ignore science, for us, it is one thing we wished to bake into our songwriting. We aren’t political in any means, however we’ve got a tune like ‘Burns To Embrace’, which has a children choir, for instance, and it is principally telling adults, ‘You’re leaving us with this horrible world. Get it collectively.'”

On the musical course of “The Shadow Theory”:

Thomas: “We tried to be just a little bit experimental with a few of the sounds. We have a tune known as ‘Amnesiac’, which is certainly our most fashionable type of tune. There’s plenty of progressive parts that we did not have on ‘Haven’. It’s not a course — who is aware of what the following report can be, however for this album we wished to, we attempt to do this with each report. We attempt to do issues just a little bit totally different. We attempt to problem ourselves and problem the followers; in any other case, you could have the identical report again and again. That’s boring.”

On how lengthy he can see KAMELOT persevering with its profession:

Thomas: “As lengthy because the band remains to be rising, in fact. As lengthy as everybody nonetheless appears like doing it. We love doing it. We simply shot a brand new DVD in Tilburg, Holland. It bought out, three,000 individuals. The course goes up. It’s a great signal and we nonetheless really feel like we’ve got extra to do musically. Right now, we’re beginning to construct our stage to a special stage. If anyone seen any of the reveals from the current reveals from Holland and from Norway, so we’re constructing the present that we need to lastly give the followers. We like to do this in each metropolis if potential. That’s our subsequent objective is to have the ability to play venues which are sufficiently big to accommodate for our full-scale manufacturing. That’s clearly a objective we need to do throughout the subsequent 5 years.”

On the band’s current lineup adjustments, together with Johan Nunez changing longtime drummer Casey Grillo:

Thomas: “Our drummer earlier than was with us for 20 years, so it is like he is nonetheless one in every of my greatest associates. It’s like should you’ve dedicated your self to 20 years for one thing and also you need to do one thing new, who can blame the particular person for that? Now we’ve got a younger German man [Alex Landenburg]. He’s enthusiastic. He’s a tremendous participant. It brings plenty of contemporary vitality to the music. It would not actually change the songwriting fashion as a result of a lot of the songwriting is finished by the core songwriters, however it’s only a good change in vitality, I feel.”

On how he chooses the assorted visitor vocalists for each KAMELOT studio albums and dwell appearances:

Thomas: “I am all the time wanting, even now I am taking a look at totally different artists for the following cycle. Tonight, we’ve got Noora [Louhimo] from BATTLE BEAST. Their band opened up for us within the U.S. and are literally going to be performing some reveals with us in 2019 and we simply fell in love with the fellows and her, in fact. She’s a tremendous singer. Yeah, she’ll be part of us tonight. And we’ve got Lauren Hart from ONCE HUMAN on the entire tour, and he or she’s superb. There’s plenty of occasions it is bands we have toured with or I’ve type of discovered about. I similar to to attach and collaborate with totally different individuals.”

“The Shadow Theory” was launched in April through Napalm Records.