A Floridian PowerMetal band formed in 1991 by guitarist Thomas Youngblood and drummer Richard Warner. Their first two albums are generally considered somewhat sub-par, mostly thanks to vocalist Mark Vanderbilt's mediocre singing, plus the completely unambitious songwriting but saw some success. Vanderbilt quit in 1998 because the band was becoming too big to balance with the other aspects of his life. It is doubted that many complained at this development.

Norwegian vocalist Roy Særtre Khantatat (also known as Roy Khan, or Khan, for short) of the then-recently broken up Music/{{Conception}} took his place as a touring member and was soon asked to go sky diving with the band to secure a permanent place. He is considered by many to be a far better singer, and so this move is nearly universally considered a good thing. After one final rough album with ''Siege Perilous'', they [[{{Growing the Beard}} switched to a more progressive-influenced sound]] with ''The Fourth Legacy''. Every album they've released since has been near universally loved by critics and fans alike. Along the way, they replaced their original bassist with the other one of two members to play on all of their albums up to ''Ghost Opera'', Glenn Barry, their original keyboardist with ex-Blaze guitarist Oliver Palotai (after seven years of having no keyboardist), and their original drummer (who left at around the same time as Vanderbilt) with Casey Grillo.

+ Music/IronMaiden
+ Music/JudasPriest
+ Music/{{Rush}}
+ Music/{{Queensryche}}
+ Music/YngwieMalmsteen

In 2009, Glenn Barry had to quit the band due to problems in his personal life. He was replaced by Kamelot's original bassist, Sean Tibbets. As of April 22, 2011, Khan permanently left the band for various reasons: at first it was primarily health problems regarding his voice, however Thomas Youngblood stated that the primary reason Khan ''stayed'' away was due to "religious friction". It is hinted at that Roy was unsatisfied or unhappy with the [[DarkerAndEdgier much darker direction]] of ''Poetry for the Poisoned'' in comparison to their previous albums though Roy has kept open the possibility of personal projects in the future. The the vocalist position was temporarily filled by Fabio Lione of Rhapsody of Fire and the band chose Tommy Karevik, the lead vocalist of the Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder, as their new, permanent vocalist.


'''Current Line-up''':
* Thomas Youngblood - guitars, backing vocals (1991-)
* Oliver Palotai - keyboards (2005-).
* Sean Tibbetts - bass (1991-1992, live only 2006-2009, 2009-)
* Tommy Karevik - lead vocals (2012-)
* Johan "Jo" Nunez - drums (2018-)

'''Former Members''':
* Mark Vanderbilt - lead vocals (1991-1997)
* Roy Khan - lead vocals (1998-2011)
* Glen Barry - bass (1992-2009)
* Richard Warner - drums (1991-1997)
* David Pavlicko - keyboards (1991-1998)
* Casey Grillo - drums (1997-2018)

'''Notable Guest Musicians''':
* Simone Simons (Of Music/{{Epica}} and Palotai's wife, guest vocals on ''The Black Halo'', ''One Cold Winter's Night'', ''Ghost Opera'' and ''Poetry for the Poisoned'')
* [[StageNames Miro]] (Real name Michael Rodenburg, session keyboard 1999-2007)
* Mari Youngblood (Thomas Youngblood's wife, Helena on ''Epica'', ''The Black Halo'' and ''One Cold Winter's Night'')
* Shagrath (Of Dimmu Borgir, Mephisto on ''The Black Halo''.)
* Fabio Lione (Of Music/RhapsodyOfFire, touring vocals, 2010-2012)
* Music/AlissaWhiteGluz (Of Music/ArchEnemy and formerly of Music/TheAgonist, guest vocals on ''Silverthorn'' and ''Haven'', live backing vocals 2012-present)
* Elize Ryd (Of Music/{{Amaranthe}}, guest vocals on ''Silverthorn'', live backing vocals 2012)
* Charlotte Wessels (Of Music/{{Delain}}, guest vocals on ''Haven'')

* ''Eternity'' (1995)
* ''Dominion'' (1997)
* ''Siege Perilous'' (1998)
* ''The Fourth Legacy'' (2000)
* ''The Expedition'' (Live CD, 2000)
* ''Karma'' (2001)
* ''[[Music/EpicaAlbumSeries Epica]]'' (2003)
* ''[[Music/EpicaAlbumSeries The Black Halo]]'' (2005)
* ''One Cold Winter's Night'' (Live CD/DVD, 2006)
* ''Ghost Opera'' (2007)
* ''Poetry for the Poisoned'' (2010)
* ''{{Music/Silverthorn}}'' (2012)
* ''Haven'' (2015)
* ''The Shadow Theory''(2018)

!!'''Notable songs:'''
* Vanderbilt era:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gknuor4h4-s Eternity]] (Eternity)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tGUJ8vu2Lw What About Me]] (Eternity)
* Khan era:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVbVfMo1MOA Forever]] (Karma)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4wV4rxTqfU Karma]] (Karma)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wRreoNRGwk Center of the Universe]] (Epica)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qdcl67H1Jw March of Mephisto]] (feat. Shagrath of Music/DimmuBorgir) (The Black Halo)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I438RH1oUJc The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)]] (feat. Simone Simons of {{Epica}}) (The Black Halo)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9hGHnXPEi4 Ghost Opera]] (Ghost Opera)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNbOvCG-71s The Human Stain]] (Ghost Opera)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woRaHKNEs8Y The Great Pandemonium]] (feat. Bjorn "Speed" Strid of {{Music/Soilwork}}) (Poetry for the Poisoned)
* Karevik era:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvWT-7l6vJU Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)]] (feat. Elize Ryd of Music/{{Amaranthe}} and Alissa White-Gluz of Music/ArchEnemy) (Silverthorn)
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSylbQEHhVo My Confession]] (feat. Music/{{Eklipse}}) (Silverthorn)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEch2Zdq7b0 Veil of Elysium]] (Haven)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvUeqRwWorM Insomnia]] (Haven)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDLZ6Mqy7AM Liar Liar]] feat. Music/AlissaWhiteGluz (Haven)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQKrMeeTlfc Ravenlight]] (The Shadow Theory)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8MqvUeDqL4 Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)]] (The Shadow Theory)

!!Tropes related to Kamelot (YMMV tropes go [[YMMV/{{Kamelot}} here]]):\

* AudienceParticipationSong: The audience sings along with "Forever".
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Ariel's wish to know all the world's answers brings him nothing but pain. Mephisto granting his desires keeps ending up with him in worse positions than before.
* BloodBath: The album art for ''Karma'' depicts a woman in a nightgown waist-deep in a pool of blood. The last three songs on the album, "Elizabeth I, II, & III," are about the life of the TropeMaker, ElizabethBathory.
** In the video for "March of Mephisto", the title character drinks blood out of a skull and then proceeds to pour blood over his head.
* ButNowIMustGo: Between "Farewell", "Lost And Damned" and "The Haunting", Ariel does this to people who care about him way too much.
* CallBack: In the bridge of "Moonlight" the melody of "Center of the Universe" is played on a pipe.
** "I am the empire" from "Phantom Divine" comes up again in "The Proud and the Broken".
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''The Fourth Legacy''
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Songs from their first four albums have been gradually phased out of their live shows
** Original members Mark Vanderbilt, Richard Warner, and David Pavlicko are only remembered by die-hard fans.
* ConceptAlbum: A notable theme with Kamelot. ''Epica'', ''The Black Halo'' (based heavily on ''Faust''), and ''Silverthorn'' are all full concept albums, and ''Karma'', ''Poetry For The Poisoned'', ''Haven'', and ''The Shadow Theory'' all have concepts built into part of their song lists.
* CoverVersion: [[Music/NickCave "Where The Wild Roses Grow"]] as a bonus on ''Poetry For the Poisoned''.
* CyberPunkIsTechno: Downplayed in ''The Shadow Theory''. Electronic/industrial elements appear at certain points but end up blending into the overall power metal of the album.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''Poetry for the Poisoned'' traded in the band's usual progressive/power metal style for a more goth-influenced sound. Reception was... mixed. The following album, ''Silverthorn'', featured a new vocalist and a return to their previous form.
* DealWithTheDevil: ''Epica'' and ''The Black Halo'' are based on {{Theatre/Faust}} after all.
* DespairEventHorizon: "Abandoned" and "This Pain" from ''The Black Halo''.
* DivinelyAppearingDemons: In the song "Descent of the Archangel", Mephisto (named for a demon in Literature/TheBible) appears to Ariel in his full angelic glory, offering Ariel a bargain for his soul.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first three albums were done in a standard power metal style, before switching to the prog-symphonic-power metal fusion on ''The Fourth Legacy''
* EpicRocking: When played straight through, the three tracks that make up "Elizabeth" are about 12 minutes long.
** "Memento Mori" from ''The Black Halo'' is 9 minutes long and definitely fits the 'epic' criterion.
** The four "Poetry for the Poisoned" tracks from ''Poetry for the Poisoned'' amount to almost 9 and a half minutes.
** "Prodigal Son" from ''Silverthorn''.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Seal Of Woven Years" takes a full 1.5 minutes to set the scene for the song.
** Most albums open with a minute or so long orchestral piece to set the stage for the rest of the album that leads into the first song on the album.
** Though eventually averted on ''Haven'', where the opening track "Fallen Star" has vocals, and the ''ending'' track is the instrumental one.
* FireAndBrimstoneHell: The music video for "The Great Pandemonium", with some cyber/dieselpunk and Lovecraftian influences as well.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Youngblood
** TheLancer: Sean
** TheSmartGuy: Oliver
** TheBigGuy: Johan
** TheHeart: Tommy
* HeavyMithril: A little bit on the first three albums, though rather a lot less than you would expect from their name, having only two songs remotely about King Arthur to date.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Love You To Death" uses this.
* HomoeroticSubtext: Some of Mephisto's lines, especially in "Descent of the Archangel", just simply ooze this trope.
* HorribleHistoryMetal: A lot of examples all across their discography, including "The Inquisitor" (about the [[BurnTheWitch Witch Hunts]]), "Glory" (about UsefulNotes/TheCrusades), the "Elizabeth" trilogy (about Main/ElizabethBathory - even though they take more of a [[HeavyMithril fantasy]] approach to the story), and "Blücher" (about the [[SinkingShipScenario sinking of the eponymous German battle ship]] on the borders of Norway during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII).
* IllGirl: The subject of the song "Love You to Death".
* LightIsNotGood: [[WellIntentionedExtremist The]] [[VillainSong Inquisitor]] is a textbook example. The chorus alone spells it out rather clearly. Mephisto also appears to Ariel with 'Angel Wings, in White' in "Descent of the Archangel".
* LighterAndSofter: ''Silverthorn''. Though certainly not light and fluffy, it is much closer to the band's Prog/Power roots than the goth-influenced ''Poetry''.
* LyricalDissonance: "Lost and Damned" is a fast paced, epic song... about Ariel, the protagonist of ''Epica'' and ''The Black Halo'' deciding to leave Helena, his lover, to continue his pointless search for the meaning of life. What makes things worse is that this leads directly to Helena throwing herself and their unborn child into a river.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness - A solid 7 for the most part, but "March of Mephisto" and about half of ''Poetry for the Poisoned'' push into the 8 territory, while their power ballads drop to 6 and their acoustic ballads are all the way down to 2 or 3.
** "Revolution" off of 'Haven' is definitely a borderline 8.
** "Liar Liar" tops at a hard 8, also including some accessible melodic passages.
* NonAppearingTitle: "March of Mephisto" is the most prominent example. "The Haunting (Somewhere in Time)" gets a special mention as "Somewhere in Time" does appear in the chorus, but "The Haunting" doesn't appear anywhere.
** "Necropolis" is not said directly in the song, "City Of The Dead" is said though.
* OminousLatinChanting: Present in the form of Faux Latin (Or Faux Italian) in ''The Edge of Paradise'' and the interlude ''Opiate Soul''.
* PowerBallad: "What About Me," "Once a Dream", "Temples of Gold", "Abandoned", "Love You to Death", "Song for Jolee", "Under Grey Skies", "Static".
* PurpleIsPowerful: A lot of their album covers up to ''Epica'' make use of purple as most prominent color in combination with castle-themed imagery.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: "III Ways to Epica," where Ariel blames God for his grief.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech / WorldOfCardboardSpeech: The title song of ''The Black Halo'' serves as both, with Ariel denouncing Mephisto and proclaiming he no longer fears damnation.
* RockOpera: ''Epica'' and ''The Black Halo'' as mentioned before.
* SanitySlippageSong: "The Great Pandemonium"
* SerialEscalation: Each part of the "Elizabeth" Trilogy is heavier than the last.
* SopranoAndGravel: "March of Mephisto" and "Memento Mori." The gravel part was done via a guest appearance by Shagrath from Music/DimmuBorgir. "The Great Pandemonium" as well, with [[{{Music/Soilwork}} Björn Speed Strid]] doing the gravel this time.
** "The Zodiac" features Jon Olivia in the gravel role.
** "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)" has a three-way version, with Alissa White-Gluz in the gravel role and Tommy Karevik and Elize Ryd in the soprano role.
** "Liar Liar" is also a unique example, as Tommy provides soprano role while Alissa switches from gravel to soprano at the last part of the song.
** "Phantom Divine" has Once Human vocalist Lauren Hart doing a soprano-to-gravel response hook midway through the song.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Continuing from ''Epica'', protagonist Ariel is still stricken with grief and sorrow over his lover Helena's death. With Ariel's will nearly under Mephisto's total control, the fallen angel brings Ariel a beautiful young woman named Marguerite, who looks and speaks just like Helena. Ariel seduces Marguerite and the two sleep together, which completes Mephisto's manipulation of Ariel ("When the Lights are Down").
* TogetherInDeath: Ariel and Helena are united in death at the end of "Memento Mori".
* VillainSong: "Descent of the Archangel" is when Mephisto appears before Ariel and offers him a DealWithTheDevil.
** "Veritas" from Silverthorn. While most of the album is narrated by its unnamed protagonist, this particular song is given from the perspective of his [[EvilTwin brother Robert]].
*** [[RageAgainstTheReflection He]] [[EvilGloating has]] [[AGodAmI some...]] [[KneelBeforeZod issues,]] [[StrawNihilist to]] [[OminousLatinChanting say]] [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed the least]].
** "The Zodiac" is written from the point of view of the eponymous serial killer.
** Other songs that qualify are "Where I Reign", "The Inquisitor", the "Elizabeth" trilogy, "March of Mephisto", "Citizen Zero", and arguably "Up Through the Ashes". They really like this trope.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: "Across the Highlands".