Mark Morton of the Examiner posted a new interview with guitarist Thomas Youngblood of Kamelot prior to embarking on the “Pandemonium Over North America” tour with Alestorm, Blackguard and The Agonist this week.
Youngblood talked about recruiting the Mountain King Jon Oliva to play the part of “Zodiac:”
“Well, it was all very coincidental. We basically had everyone we had talked about having on the record finish their parts. And we were working on “The Zodiac,” and one of the lines struck me as something that Jon would sing. And I then felt that we needed someone to portray this character of the Zodiac Killer.
“Jon has this signature, evil-sounding voice that is just amazing and instantly recognizable. So I decided to contact Jon to see if he would be interested in doing it. As well, Casey had played some parts on his latest album. So everything happened really fast; he said he’d love to do it, and within a couple of weeks, everything was finished and worked out great!”
Youngblood was asked about the struggles to break into the American scene (despite being a largely American act):
“I mean, six years ago, nobody who sounds like us would have ever been able to tour the States. It’s not quite where we want it to be, but it’s still growing here. I think it’s more of an awareness thing than anything; the country is just so geographically big that it’s really hard to market a band without the mass-marketing that bands like Linkin Park used to get. Whereas, in Europe, you can get centralized marketing for Germany, or Holland, or wherever. I think that’s been the main issue with any band that is like Kamelot.”
“Poetry for the Poisoned” was the first album released on KMG Records. Youngblood spoke about the creation of Kamelot’s own label:
“Well, the idea of having our own record label has been talked about for many years now. We talked to a lot of labels about releasing Poetry for the Poisoned here in the US, and we felt that we didn’t have the belief that we had in the people who wanted to support us with their own label. So that’s what we have now; we have people who understand Kamelot – they understand our fans. And the record sold in the first week almost double what the last record sold with the previous record company, so obviously it was the right decision to make.
“We keep all the rights, and we keep all the control over how the band is marketed; because we know our fans more than anybody sitting in an office who has a hundred other bands to worry about. It was a risk, but since the album has been out, it was a risk worth taking, and we have set a precedent for the future.”
The “Pandemonium Over North America” tour started yesterday. Complete detail on tour dates and locations was previously reported here.