Gear Gods conducted an interview with KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood during this year’s 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. You can now watch the chat below.

Speaking about the KAMELOT songwriting process, Thomas said: “Right now, myself, Oliver [Palotai, keyboards] and our singer, Tommy [Karevik], work really hard on all the songs, and also [producer] Sascha [Paeth]. The other guys have side bands and they’ve got a lot of things going on. So that’s probably the core right now. And it could be where Oliver, the keyboard player, wrote all the music and then I came up with the idea for the lyrics and Tommy wrote the lyrics. Or I could have wrote [sic] most of the music. Also Tommy is also a guitar player now, and he has a lot of really cool musical ideas. So we all work together really well, I think, and it’s pretty fast too.”

He continued: “I was in Germany with Oliver about a month ago, and I was there for about eight days and we had about five, six new song ideas. We start in the morning, ten a.m., and finish at eight [p.m.]. Sometimes we’ll hit a wall, but, basically, when there’s a good time between each album, you have a lot of influences from that time, whether it’s touring or things going on in the news, whatever it might be, that will help you create new ideas.”

KAMELOT‘s latest album, “Haven”, sold around 7,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was made available in May 2015 via Napalm Records as part of an exclusive licensing deal through the band’s Kamelot Music LLC.