In a brand new interview with the “ProgRock Digital” podcast, former KAMELOT singer Roy Khan, who’s a religious Christian, was requested if his religion influenced the lyrics on the newest album from his reactivated pre-KAMELOT band CONCEPTION, “State Of Deception”, which got here out in 2020. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “CONCEPTION just isn’t a spiritual band in any sense of the phrase. However we do permit… I imply, there’s a few these lyrics which can be fairly Christian within the sense that I’ve used the Bible and I’ve used my very own story to say one thing. However there is not any direct reference to Christianity as such. However for me personally, it might have been awkward to not write about something that has occurred since it has been a fairly large factor, for me at the least, and to my followers.”
Khan introduced his exit from KAMELOT in April 2011 after taking a number of months off to get better from a “burnout.”
After his departure from KAMELOT, Khan joined a church within the coastal city of Moss, Norway.
4 years in the past, Khan formally reformed CONCEPTION and launched an EP, 2018’s “My Darkish Symphony”, and a full-length album, the aforementioned “State Of Deception”.
Khan mirrored on the circumstances that led to him ending his lengthy working relationship with KAMELOT throughout an look final fall on the “Breaking Absolutes With Peter Orullian” podcast. Roy, whose full title isRoy Sætre Khantatat, mentioned: “That complete factor was a cocktail of a number of issues that simply occurred to climax at that time. As you all, KAMELOT was getting increasingly more well-liked, so I used to be away months yearly — like half the 12 months at the least I used to be gone. I used to be having a household, and that proper there was beginning to tear me aside. After which I used to be residing my life not very wholesome — let’s put it that means — and I did numerous silly stuff again then that… I knew in my coronary heart that it was happening the drain.”
He continued: “I keep in mind each evening once I sang [the KAMELOT song] ‘Karma’, I’d really feel that this shit is gonna knock me on the again of the top in some unspecified time in the future. If it is gonna tomorrow, [if] it is gonna be two years from now, I do not know, however the way in which I stay my life, that is not gonna work — it is not sustainable. After which it occurred. I knew for therefore a few years, truly, that this was gonna not work out, after which, hastily, it occurred. I broke down. I had a full summer season the place I barely slept — like six to eight weeks the place I did not sleep a complete lot of hours throughout these six to eight weeks, and I used to be going actually fully loopy. And in reference to that, numerous stuff occurred.”
In response to Khan, leaving KAMELOT after a 13-year run weighed closely on him on the time.
“Quitting KAMELOT was one of the best resolution that I’ve ever made, and by that I do not imply that… KAMELOT was a incredible factor in my life, and Thomas [Youngblood, KAMELOT founder] and the opposite guys — it had nothing to do with them; it was all me and the way in which I lived my life, and I simply could not take it any longer,” he defined. “And I used to be additionally overworked — I labored on a regular basis. Even once I was house. The very first thing I would do once I acquired again house is I’d kick my sneakers off within the hallway and I would just sit proper down on the laptop and begin working. I used to be actually not a superb husband and I used to be not a superb father. A number of issues weren’t good about me at that time.
“Quitting KAMELOT at that time, it was straightforward however it was laborious,” he elaborated. “It was straightforward as a result of I did not actually have a selection. I used to be actually wrecked. And on the identical time, it was laborious as a result of I would been working to get to that time my complete life, principally — 20 years, at the least — and at last I used to be there. After which I threw the towel in and mentioned, ‘Hey, guys, I am not coming in for the following tour.’ ‘Okay. Effectively, what’s improper?’ ‘Effectively, truly, I am not coming again in any respect.’ And clearly, all people… My mother was, like, ‘Are you kidding me? Are you critical?’ Then the blokes within the band, they thought that it was gonna cross. However I knew in my coronary heart that summer season [of 2010], already in August, I knew that that is it.”
KAMELOT formally introduced Tommy Karevik as its new lead singer in June 2012. The Florida-based band has recorded three albums up to now with the Swedish vocalist: 2012’s “Silverthorn”, 2015’s “Haven” and 2018’s “The Shadow Idea”.
Requested if he has listened to any of KAMELOT‘s latest materials with Karevik, Roy advised Italy’s SpazioRock again in 2018: “Sure I’ve. I actually like a few of their new stuff. Sounds classical KAMELOT in my ears, and Tommy is a good singer.”
Youngblood had beforehand mentioned the function of faith in Khan‘s resolution to go away KAMELOT, saying in a 2011 interview: “I do know that there’s a spiritual side to it that I can not actually one hundred pc clarify. The spiritual side is one thing that I wanna let him to sort of discuss, however I do know that he had been going to faith lessons for no matter motive. Clearly, through the years of working collectively, being at occasions greatest associates and issues like that, we now have mentioned all sort of matters about faith, so it is truly very stunning to me that that is the place we’re at now with him. However actually, I do not actually need to discuss an excessive amount of extra about it as a result of that is actually one thing I believe that he ought to come out about, when it comes to what he believes or would not imagine or no matter.”