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Thomas Youngblood
Background information
Born (1974-05-29) May 29, 1974 (age 45)
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Origin Tampa, Florida, USA
Genres Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar, keyboards, drums, saxophone, vocals
Years active1988–present
Associated acts Kamelot, Aina, Consortium Project

Thomas Youngblood (born May 29, 1974) is an American metal guitarist, songwriter, and founding member of the symphonic metal band Kamelot, currently living in Tampa, Florida, USA. [1]

Symphonic metal is a subgenre of heavy metal music which combines the heavy drums and guitars of metal with different elements of orchestral classical music, such as symphonic instruments, choirs and sometimes a full orchestra. Keyboards reminiscent of power metal are also sometimes featured.

Kamelot American power metal band

Kamelot is an American/European power metal band from Tampa, Florida, formed by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. The Norwegian vocalist Roy Khan joined for the album Siége Perilous, and shared songwriting credit with Youngblood until his departure in April 2011. On June 22, 2012, Youngblood announced on their website that their new vocalist is the Swedish singer Tommy Karevik, who was first featured on Kamelot's album Silverthorn as the main vocalist, co-songwriter, and lyricist.


Early life

At the age of 12, after the death of his father, [2] Youngblood moved from Virginia to Florida where he started learning to play guitar at age 15. [3] Shortly after his move he began playing in his first band with school mates from the neighborhood. Through this he met drummer Richard Warner, and they decided to start a band together. [4]

Virginia State of the United States of America

Virginia, officially the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a state in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States located between the Atlantic Coast and the Appalachian Mountains. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay, which provide habitat for much of its flora and fauna. The capital of the Commonwealth is Richmond; Virginia Beach is the most populous city, and Fairfax County is the most populous political subdivision. The Commonwealth's estimated population as of 2018 is over 8.5 million.


The power metal band Kamelot was founded in Tampa, Florida by Thomas Youngblood and Richard Warner in 1991. [5]

Power metal is a subgenre of heavy metal combining characteristics of traditional heavy metal with speed metal, often within symphonic context. Generally, power metal is characterized by a faster, lighter, and more uplifting sound, in contrast with the heaviness and dissonance prevalent for example in extreme metal. Power metal bands usually have anthem-like songs with fantasy-based subject matter and strong choruses, thus creating a theatrical, dramatic and emotionally "powerful" sound. The term was first used in the middle of the 1980s and refers to two different but related styles: the first pioneered and largely practiced in North America with a harder sound similar to speed metal, and a later more widespread and popular style based in Europe, South America and Japan, with a lighter, more melodic sound and frequent use of keyboards.

Tampa, Florida City in Central Florida

Tampa is a major city in, and the county seat of, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is on the west coast of Florida on Tampa Bay, near the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest city in the Tampa Bay Area. The bay's port is the largest in the state, near downtown's Channel District. Bayshore Boulevard runs along the bay, and is east of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood.

Kamelot signed their first contract in 1994 with German label Noise Records. [6] Six albums were released through the label. [7] After the release of Epica in 2003 they started working with SPV/Steamhammer. [8] With them they released The Black Halo (2005) and Ghost Opera (2007), after a temporary switch to Edel Music for the release of Poetry for the Poisoned (2010), [9] they were back with SPV for another release with Silverthorn (2012). [10] Currently the band is under contract with Napalm Records, Universal, ADA/Warner and King Records (Japan) and released the album Haven in 2015. [11]

Noise Records is a German heavy metal record label founded in 1983 by German music industry personality Karl-Ulrich Walterbach as an expansion of his company Modern Music Records. It was sold to the Sanctuary Records Group in 2001 and ceased any activity in 2007 due to the bankruptcy of Sanctuary. The Noise catalogue was consequently acquired by Universal Music Group later on. In April 2016, BMG Rights Management, which had acquired Sanctuary Records in 2013, announced that it would revive the Noise Records label.

<i>Epica</i> (Kamelot album) 2003 studio album by Kamelot

Epica is the sixth full-length album by the American power metal band Kamelot, released on March 3, 2003 through Noise Records. It was the first concept album by Kamelot. This album, along with its sequel The Black Halo (2005), is a rock opera inspired by the story of Goethe's Faust. Epica tells Part 1 while The Black Halo tells Part 2. Most of the lyrics were written before the actual music was composed. The album inspired the naming of the band Epica after its release.

SPV GmbH German music label

SPV GmbH is an independent German record label.

Thomas Youngblood was the main composer of Kamelot's music from 1994 to 1998, collaborating with singer Roy Khan from 1998 to 2010. When Khan decided to leave the band, Tommy Karevik (Seventh Wonder) became the new singer. The new composing/writing team of the band consists of Thomas Youngblood, Oliver Palotai (keyboards), Sascha Paeth (producer) and Tommy Karevik (vocals). During Kamelot live shows Youngblood sings backing vocals and harsh vocals ("March of Mephisto") if needed. The song "Don't You Cry" is dedicated to his father [12] and "Hunter's Season" to his mother. [13]

Roy Khan Norwegian musician

Roy Sætre Khantatat, commonly known as Roy Khan, is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who is the lead singer for the Norwegian progressive metal band Conception and was the lead vocalist for the symphonic power metal band Kamelot from 1997 until his departure in 2011. He co-wrote most of Kamelot's songs with the band's guitarist and founder Thomas Youngblood during his tenure. Khan had retired from music in 2011 until 2018, when he released a new solo song on YouTube and announced the return of Conception.

Tommy Karevik Swedish singer

Tommy Karevik is a Swedish metal vocalist, best known as the singer for metal bands Seventh Wonder and Kamelot.

Seventh Wonder Swedish progressive metal band

Seventh Wonder is a progressive metal band from Stockholm, Sweden formed in 2000.

Youngblood is the only founding member continuously active in the band since its formation. [3] He is also the CEO of KMI Entertainment, who are responsible for Kamelot's management and booking. [14] With Kamelot, Youngblood played multiple headliner tours during the last 20 years in America, Asia, Australia and Europe and some of the biggest festivals like Wacken Open Air, [15] Sweden Rock Festival, [16] Sonisphere Festival, [17] and Rock am Ring. [18]

Wacken Open Air German heavy metal music festival

Wacken Open Air (W:O:A) is an open-air heavy metal music festival. It takes place annually in summer in the village of Wacken in Schleswig-Holstein, northern Germany, 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Hamburg.

Sweden Rock Festival Swedish heavy metal music festival

Sweden Rock Festival is an annual rock/metal festival held in Sweden since 6 June 1992. While having a clear rock/metal focus, the festival is noted for its diversity across these genres, having featured southern rock bands such as Molly Hatchet to death metal legends like Obituary.

Sonisphere Festival Annual English touring music festival

The Sonisphere Festival was a touring rock music festival which took place across Europe between the months of June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live. It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Judas Priest and Megadeth.

Youngblood collaborated with Mark Vanderbilt (ex-Kamelot vocals) in the late 1990's for a project called "Monarque". The song "Arion" was released on the compilation CD "POWERQUEST – The Awakening". [19] [20]

Consortium Project is the brainchild of Ian Parry, vocalist of the Dutch band Elegy. Youngblood and Ian Parry met when Elegy toured with Kamelot in 1998. [21] When the first album Consortium Project was recorded, Youngblood was part of it. Other contributions by Patrick Rondat, Arjen Lucassen, Stephan Lill and others. [22] Youngblood also contributed on the second album Continuum in Extremis in 2001. He has co-songwriting credits for "Poetic Justice". [23]

In 2003 Youngblood was invited to play guitars on the metal opera Days of Rising Doom by supergroup Aina, a project of Amanda Sommerville, Sascha Paeth, Robert Hunecke-Rizzo and Michael Rodenberg. [24]

In 2003 another collaboration between Ian Parry and Thomas Youngblood came to fruit. They recorded the song "Flight of Icarus" for the Iron Maiden tribute double album Slave to the Power . [25]

Personal life

Youngblood lives in Tampa with his wife Mari, a soprano vocalist. Mari Youngblood made appearances as guest artist on Kamelot's Epica and The Black Halo , as well as live appearances in 2007 and on the live DVD One Cold Winter's Night . [26]

The voice of their daughter Annelise appears in "Soul Society" ( The Black Halo ) [27] and the nursery rhyme of "Sacrimony" (Silverthorn). [28] The voice of their son Thomas can be heard as the chorus in "Burns To Embrace" ( The Shadow Theory ) [29]

His main inspirations are varied and range from metal to new age. [3] In addition to playing guitar, Youngblood plays drums, saxophone and keyboard. [1]



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