Kamelot’s Thomas Youngblood discusses the evolution of a bona-fide Florida metal institution and the guitar strategies that challenge his audience

Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood
(Image credit: Tim Tronckoe)

Across 35 years of music-making with Kamelot, founder Thomas Youngblood has learned that guitar style comes from your hands, not your hardware. 

Even so, when the power metal veteran is reached by Guitar World to talk up The Awakening – Kamelot’s first studio full-length in five years – he’s excited to report that by the time the act head out on their U.S. summer tour, he should be ripping out the record’s choicest riffs on a brand-new electric guitar, courtesy of ESP.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.