Tommy Karevik and Arjen Lucassen

Tommy Karevik will be singing the lead role on the next Ayreon album – check out the video with Tommy introducing himself and some behind the scenes material.

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Metal Storm Awards – Best Power Metal Album 2012

Metal Storm are calling all members to vote for the best power metal album of 2012 

Here are the nominees:

Dark Empire – From Refuge To Ruin 

Dark Empire band page 

Iron Fire – Voyage Of The Damned

Iron Fire homepage

Kamelot – Silverthorn

Lanfear – This Harmonic Consonance

Lanfear homepage

Orden Ogan – To The End

Orden Ogan homepage

Pharaoh – Bury The Light

Pharao homepage

ReinXeed – Welcome To The Theater

Seven Kingdoms – The Fire Is Mine

Seven Kingdoms homepage

Shear – Breaking The Stillness

Shear homepage

Sonata Arctica – Stones Grow Her Name

 

some very cool bands to check out and that I will feature here too

Avantasia

Avantasia is the solo project of Tobias Sammet, singer of the German band Edguy and also a kind of supergroup.

It started out in 1999 as a one-time studio-recording project for a ‘metal-opera’, but was called back to life in 2008 for a tour, more albums were relased and now it is official – work on a new album has begun and a release date set for sometime 2013.

The music can be best described as power metal with lots of different influences like classical music, a little prog, acoustic rock and hard rock.

Guest musicians appearing on the recordings and for the touring read like a who-is-who of metal and hard rock:  Michael Kiske (Ex-Helloween), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Timo Tolkki (Ex-Stratovarius), Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Saviour, Unisonic), Alice Cooper, Roy Khan (Ex-Kamelot), Eric Singer (Kiss), Amanda Sommerville, Jorn Lande, Alex Holzwarth (Ex-Rhapsody), Sascha Paeth (producer of Kamelot, Epica), several members of Edguy, uh and many more.

A short overview of releases:

  • The Metal Opera:
    • 2001: The Metal Opera
    • 2002: The Metal Opera Part II
  • The Wicked Trilogy:
    • 2008: The Scarecrow
    • 2010: The Wicked Symphony
    • 2010: Angel of Babylon
  • The Flying Opera – 2011; live double CD and DVD

Check out Tobias’ homepage for more info and links (German and English):

http://www.tobiassammet.com

and now delve into the music and enjoy, this is quite a unique experience:

Hard Rock Hideout

The American symphonic metal band KAMELOT will be releasing their new album Silverthorn October 30th in North America, October 26th in Germany and October 29th in the rest of Europe via Steamhammer/SPV. It will receive its Japanese release October 24th via King Records.
Today KAMELOT has unveiled the breathtaking album artwork for Silverthorn.  The LP and limited edition will have one version of the art, while the standard version of Silverthorn will have a different but equally exquisite version of the artwork.  The standard version is presented as an Ecolbook.  The limited edition contains the Ecolbook, a bonus CD with nearly 60 minutes of music, a 44 page book and an exclusive poster.  The double LP version is a gatefold on colored vinyl and includes the CD.
Guitarist Thomas Youngblood says of the artwork:
“Artist Stefan Heilemann captured the true essence of the story and the main character. The…

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Seventh Wonder

Seventh Wonder are from Sweden and have been together since 2000, singer Tommy Karevik joined the band in 2005. Yes, it is that same Tommy Karevik that has been chosen to replace Roy Khan in Kamelot. So now you know what I mean when I say that Seventh Wonder has the most outstanding vocals I have ever heard in a band like this. So powerful and yet totally melodious, almost too beautiful for a powerprogmetal band … Seventh Wonder have it all, power-shredding, 30 minute songs in the approved progressive fashion, melodious vocal lines, strange riffs and rhythmic parts.
I was hooked on that band from the very first minute, and I really wonder why they are not better known.
Releases:
Become (2005, recorded with former vocalist Andi)
Waiting In The Wings (2006)
Mercy Falls (2008)

and

The Great Escape (2010)

01. Wiseman
02. Alley Cat
03. The Angelmaker
04. King of Whitewater
05. Long Way Home
06. Move on Through
07. The Great Escape

They played with Queensryche, Testament, Sxmphony X, and at progpower USA and Europe.

Tommy Karevik – Vocals
Andreas Blomqvist – Bass
Johan Liefvendahl – Guitar
Andreas Söderin – Keyboards
Stefan Norgren – Drums

http://www.seventhwonder.nu

Kamelot

I started listening to Kamelot about the same time as Symphony X and in my mind these two will always be linked together. Although their music is quite different. I don’t know if you’d call them progressive, or alt metal, their music is ulitimatively beautiful so they must go in here.

The first album I bought though was their most recent release, Poetry For The Poisoned (2010). I Don’t know why I started collecting them so late in the day. The Black Halo (2005) is a masterpiece, unsurpassed, and so is The Ghost Opera (2009), almost as great. I think Kamelot fro me really only came into being when Roy Khan joined the band on vocals and sure he brought a lot of songwriting accents into the band too.
Just a very short time ago now Roy announced he’s leaving the band due to health problems with his voice, thus finishing a chapter of brilliance in the Book Of Kamelot.

But let us think ahead, Roy def was getting tired, and the last ever release to feature him is one of the weakest Kamelot have put out.
Check out The Great Pandemonium, If Tomorrow Came and The Hunter’s Season for some rememberance of former greatness. The songs are not as accessible as formerly and lack the originality and grand vision. On the European CD edition there’s the bonus track “Where the Wild Roses Grow”, a song by Nick Cave featuring Chanty Wunder on vocals that has a simplistic melody and song structure (sorry Nick) that really got me annoyed after a few listens, totally unworthy of Kamelot.

Track Listing:

1. The Great Pandemonium
2. If Tomorrow Came
3. Dear Editor
4. The Zodiac
5. Hunter’s Season
6. House On A Hill
7. Necropolis
8. My Train Of Thoughts
9. 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

Band Members:

Khan (Vocals)
Thomas Youngblood (Guitars)
Casey Grillo (Drums)
Oliver Palotai (Keyboards)
Sean Tibbett (Bass)

Links:
http://www.kamelot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/kamelotofficial