He’s not Roy Khan, but new Kamelot vocalist Fabio Lione got a warm welcome from fans at Station 4 in St. Paul last night. Playing in oppressive heat (the venue is in a historic building that has no air conditioning), Lione, the rest of Kamelot, and guest vocalist Simone Simons (Epica) ran through a lengthy setlist drawing mostly on the band’s last three albums. I have a pretty strong distaste for power metal, but Kamelot puts on a reliably good live show, and their music is somehow quite a bit less cheesy than most power metal fare. So I count myself as kind of a fan, much to my own surprise, and had a good time.
Every time I shoot at Station 4 I curse the lighting and the stage setup with the stupid pillar in the middle of the pit. Thankfully, Kamelot brought their own lighting; the pillar wasn’t going anywhere, unfortunately. Three songs, no flash, and while I would have liked to have been able to shoot the Simons/Lione duets (none of which took place in the first three songs) from the pit, I was able to snipe away with a telephoto lens later, and got some good shots that way. Below are a few of my favorites.
Here’s an example of how the lights were tonight before Kamelot came on with their own lighting rig. This is Blackguard (with guest Alissa White-Gluz from The Agonist, who also played but whom I did not get to shoot unfortunately); this is about as good as the lighting got during their set. I was pretty much at ISO 6400 and slow shutter speeds the whole time.