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|Birth name||Tommy Karevik|
November 1, 1981 |
|Genres||Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal|
|Associated acts||Seventh Wonder, Kamelot, Ayreon, Firecracker, Pellek|
Karevik was born in 1981 in Botkyrka, Sweden. He began singing at a young age, and was a member of his elementary school's choir.
At college, Karevik studied nature and science.
In 2004, Tommy Karevik recorded a few songs with Vindictiv. Shortly after, he left the band for 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 Karevik joined the band, they toured briefly to promote the album.
The band then returned to the studio, eager to produce fresh material with their new vocalist. The resulting album was Waiting in the Wings, released in 2006. The album was met with very positive reviews.
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 Karevik 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.
In 2011, Karevik performed as a guest vocalist for the American symphonic metal band Kamelot. Kamelot was forced to tour without their longtime vocalist Roy Khan, who was unable to perform due to personal problems and health issues. 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, Karevik 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 Karevik had joined as lead singer, replacing Roy Khan.
The Theory of Everything
On December 15, 2016, Karevik was announced as "The Opposition Leader" on Ayreon's then upcoming release, scheduled for 2017. He was presented by Arjen Lucassen as "one of the best singers in the world right now... "
Karevik's first contact with metal music was through a classmate. Inspired by his classmates ability to play guitar, Karevik soon picked up a guitar for the first time. During the days that followed, Karevik wrote his first song in Swedish.
Away from his musical work, Karevik works as a full-time firefighter.
He also has a sister named Jenny, who appears in Seventh Wonder's album Mercy Falls.
- Waiting in the Wings (2006)
- Mercy Falls (2008)
- The Great Escape (2010)
- Welcome To Atlanta Live 2014 (2016)
- Born of Fire (2010)
- My Demons (2010)
- Bag of Tricks (2012)
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- "Guess the vocalist 7 – New Ayreon Theory of Everything". YouTube. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
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- "Interview with Tommy Karevik (Kamelot)". Dutch Progressive Rock Page. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- "New Kamelot Singer: 'I Can Only Be Myself And Give It All I've Got'". Blabbermouth.net. 2012-08-17. Retrieved 2014-07-28.