Thomas Youngblood

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Thomas Youngblood
Thomas Youngblood - Tilburg 2013.jpg
Thomas Youngblood
Background information
Born (1974-05-29) May 29, 1974 (age 43)
Origin Tampa, Florida, USA
Genres Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, keyboards, drums, saxophone, vocals
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Kamelot, Aina, Consortium Project
Website www.thomasyoungblood.com
Notable instruments
ESP Guitars

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]

Early life[edit]

After the death of his father at age 12,[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]

Career[edit]

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

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]

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]

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]

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[edit]

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]

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]

Equipment[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Overnight Success – Columnist for Headbangers Lifestyle (October 29, 2015)[29]

TV Appearances[edit]

Discography[edit]

Kamelot[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

DVDs[edit]

Guest Appearances[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Karma". metal1.info. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Artist Page ESP Guitars". espuitars.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kamelot bio". metalriot.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Lineup-changes, concepts and alliances". screamermagazine.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Biography". tartandesire.com. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Biography on Billboard.com". billboard.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kamelot unterzeichnen bei SPV". musikmarkt.de. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kamelot bei EarMusic". powermetal.de. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Kamelot signs with Steamhammer". metalunderground.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Kamelot ink deal for 11th album". teamrock.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Kamelot". rockunited.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ "ProgPower Review". bravewords.com. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Kmientertainment.com". whoismind.com. Retrieved August 6, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Wacken Open Air". wacken.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sweden Rock Festival". swedenrock.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Sonisphere". allmetalfest.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Rock Am Ring". rock-am-ring.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "CAMIONB BLANC: ANTHOLOGIE DU METAL Tome 2". Google Books. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Powerquest". speed-n-power.com. Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Elegy bio". metalflirt.de. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Consortium Project". soundi.fi. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Continuum in Extremis". progwereld.org. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Allstar Affair to be released in November". bravewords.com. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  25. ^ "A Tribute to Iron Maiden". exclaim.ca. Retrieved August 7, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Japan Tour 2007". blabbermouth.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Baby Alena". vampster.com. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Chorus Silverthorn". hardrock.hu. Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Column: Overnight Success". Headbangers Lifestyle. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Headbangers Ball". tv.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Movie Nights 2013 Metal Evolution". Explosiv.at. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Thomas Youngblood on VH1". Kamelot.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  33. ^ "German Charts". musicline.de. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Finnish Charts". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Norwegian Charts". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  37. ^ a b c "Billboard Charts". billboard.com. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 

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