Tommy Karevik singing at Swedish Metal Expo 2007
|Birth name||Tommy Karevik|
November 1, 1981 |
|Associated acts||Seventh Wonder, Kamelot, Ayreon, Firecracker, Pellek|
Tommy first joined progressive metal band, Seventh Wonder, prior to the release of their debut album Become in 2005. Despite the warm reception of the album at the time of its release, the band members have stated that they were generally unhappy with the album due to its poor mixing. Once Tommy joined the band, they toured briefly to promote the album.
The band then returned to the studio, eager to produce fresh material with their vocalist. The resulting album was Waiting in the Wings, released in 2006. The album was met with very positive reviews. Ever since then, Tommy's powerful vocals have become a defining trait of the band.
Studio footage from The Great Escape recording sessions were posted on the band's official forum and YouTube channel. In these videos, it is explained that Tommy was experiencing problems with his voice during the recording of the album, and had to regularly apply a special spray to his throat in order to continue recording his vocals. After much frustration, and many outtakes, Tommy and the rest of the band were pleased with the final result.
In 2011, Tommy performed as a guest vocalist for the acclaimed American metal band, Kamelot. Kamelot was forced to tour without their longtime vocalist, Roy Khan, who was unable to perform due to personal problems. Khan was replaced on tour by Italian singer, Fabio Lione (of Rhapsody of Fire), and during the tour, Kamelot announced that Khan had left the band. During Kamelot's tour of Europe, Tommy joined the crew, singing mostly backing vocals, but also performing solo on the songs EdenEcho and Center of the Universe.
On June 22, 2012, Kamelot announced that Tommy had joined as lead singer, replacing former vocalist, Roy Khan.
Lead role on Ayreon album The Theory of Everything
Karevik's first contact with metal music was through a classmate. Inspired by his classmates ability to play guitar, Tommy soon picked up a guitar for the first time. During the days that followed, Tommy wrote his first song in Swedish. Tommy's classmate helped Tommy develop as a vocalist.
Tommy claims his biggest influence was Jørn Lande.
Away from his musical work, Karevik works as a full-time firefighter.
- Born of Fire (2010)
- My Demons (2010)
- Bag of Tricks (2012)
- Silverthorn (2012)
- The Theory of Everything (2013)