A Floridian power metal band formed in 1991 by Thomas Youngblood and Mark Vanderbilt. Their first two albums are generally considered somewhat sub-par, mostly thanks to Vanderbilt's mediocre singing, 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 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 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.
Epica, Common touring partner, vocalist Simone Simmons is Oliver Palotai's fiancee and Roy Khan was one of their closest artistic friends.
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 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.
Tommy Karevik: Vocals (2012-)
Thomas Youngblood: Guitar (founding member, 1991-)
Sean Tibbets: Bass (founding member, formerly known as Sean Christians, 1991-1992, 2009-, live bass 2006-)
Casey Grillo: Drums (1997-)
Oliver Palotai: Keyboard (Ex-Blaze and also with Sons of Seasons, 2005-).
Mark Vanderbilt: Vocals (1991-1997)
Roy Khan: Vocals (1998-2011)
Glen Barry: Bass (1992-2009)
Richard Warner: Drums (1991-1997)
David Pavlicko: Keyboard (1991-1998)
Notable Guest Musicians:
Simone Simons (Of Epica and Palotai's fiancee, regular guest vocalist)
Miro (Real name Michael Rodenburg, producer and session musician associated with Kamelot's producer, Sasha Paeth, session keyboard 1999-2007)
Mari Youngblood (Thomas Youngblood's wife, Helena on Epica, The Black Halo and One Cold Winter's Night)
Sascha Paeth (Second guitar on the live version of "Moonlight", live bass summer 2010)
Blood Bath - 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 Trope Maker, Elizabeth Bathory.
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.
Concept Album - A notable theme with Kamelot. Epica, The Black Halo (based heavily on Faust), and Silverthorn are all full concept albums, and Karma and Poetry For The Poisoned both have concepts built into part of their song lists.
Cover Version - Where The Wild Roses Grow as a bonus on "Poetry For the Poisoned"
Creator Backlash - The reason Khan left the band besides personal and health issues.
Lighter and Softer: Silverthorn. Though certainly not light and fluffy, it is much closer to the band's Prog/Power roots than the goth-influenced Poetry.
Lyrical Dissonance - "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.
Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness - 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.
Non-Appearing Title - "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.
Ominous Latin Chanting - Present in the form of Faux Latin (Or Faux Italian) in The Edge of Paradise and the interlude Opiate Soul.