--- Country of Origin: Italy ---
--- Active Years: 1998-present ---
--- Record Label: Scarlet Records ---
--- Genres: Power Metal, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal ---
--- Similar Artists: Solar Fragment, Crystallion, Armory, Epiclore, Juvaliant, Nightscape ---
--- Lyrical Themes: Fantasy ---
Kaledon are an Italian power metal band from Rome formed in 1998.
Kaledon was born in the second part of 1998 after the split between the lead guitarist Alex Mele and his band "River of change". After the spilt Alex Mele called immediately the bass player Paolo Lezziroli and the rhythm guitarist Tommaso Nemesio. After many line-up problems, the band started to play live in the big Roman theatres.
Kaledon replace the original drummer "Daniele Staccini" for technical problems with Dario Sacco" Kaledon's first release was in autumn of 1999. The band produced their first demo cd, "Spirit of the dragon" without keyboard. With this cd started the collaboration with "Metal Massacre on stage production". Fabio Bernardi also in "River of change" join the band as a guest for six months. During this period Fabio recorded with the band two promo-cd, "Spirit of the dragon" (same version previous released, but with keyboard), and "God says yes". Kaledon played like opening act in Ronnie James Dio Show, in june 16 2000.
Kaledon replaced the drummer (Dario Sacco) for personal problems with "David Folchitto", and the singer (Anthony Drago) with "Claudio Conti". Kaledon recorded one other promo cd with "Claudio Conti". The band used the same tracks of the old cd but they replaced the vocal parts with the new singer. The last cd is formed of two songs from "God says yes" and one song from "Spirit of the dragon". Kaledon found in Daniele Fuligni their new keyboardist ex keyboard player of "Ghost Rider". The band start to record "Courage" from the album "Louder than hell", for an (un)official Manowar tribute. Out for Northwind rec.
In october 2001 kaledon have signed a record deal with the Italian SteelBorn Rec. (division of Northwind Records). Between November 2001 and March 2002 kaledon was in studio for the recording session of their debut album. "legend of the forgotten reign". During the recording sessions of the debut album Alex Mele started to write the songs for the second album with the singer Claudio Conti.
In October 20 2002 kaledon played at Northwind Rec Festival in Rome, with Heraldry and Demon's whip Alex starts his biggest opera! He has started to write the romance of legend of the forgotten reign.
In April 07 2003 Kaledon started the recording session of their second album called Chapter 2: The king’s rescue. At the end of the recording sessions Kaledon have recorded their “FATHER TIME” version for one Stratovarius tribute album named Within Infinity. The band find in Dario Annibali their new manager.
During the 2004 the band worked on the third chapter of the legend of the forgotten reign saga, but unfortunately, during this period the drummer David Folchitto decided to leave Kaledon for personal problems! He wants to dedicate much time to his other projects, but he'll work with the band untill kaledon find a new drummer.
In the third Kaledon’s album the drum parts were played by Jorg Michael (Stratovarius). Kaledon started the recording sessions of the drums in july 7th 2004 in Como. The recording studio was in Inverigo near Como, and the rest of the album was recorded in Rome between October and december in The Outer Sound Studios. The recording sessions of chapter 3 was very long and hard... Giuseppe Orlando was a very good and impressive teacher for the band.... and chapter 3 was a very masterpice. During the chapter 3 recording sessions Kaledon have been rejoined by drummer David Folchitto. The third Chapter’s name is : THE WAY OF THE LIGHT. After Chapter 3 release date, the band made a lot of promotion with live dates, with gadgets, and many other ways, The band with Kick Promotion Agency of Rome made tons of interviews and received tons of reviews from all the world! Kaledon began one big reality in the heavy metal world and without vacation started to work on the next album... Chapter 4...
At the beginning of the recording sessions of Chapter 4 the band broken up the recording deal with their record company SteelBorn records because they was absolutely not able to follow the band in their way... The closure of the contract foresees the transfer of the whole contract to another famous, important Italian label. With the new label we had lots of e-mail and phone calls to discuss the fact that never on earth they would have worked in a negligent way as the last label did. Their behaviour was worse than the previous one and they told us to find a new label... they never sent us a new contract, and when we had to pay the studios they disappeared. Obviously we found another company... Universal Metal Production... This new company gave to the band a support and of course the great possibility to share Kaledon's music in the United States of America! After that, Kaledon has signed also for a great european record company! Hellion Records from Germany! They will work for kaledon in all europe Chapter 4 name is : TWILIGHT OF THE GODS and it was released on December 2006 in USA, on December 8 in Europe and april 2007 in Japan for Hot-Rockin/DiskHeaven!
After this release Kaledon played live in many situation and during these days, something has begun to happend between the band and singer Claudio Conti! There was a lot of fights for personal reasons... and all these problems are finished with the split between Claudio and the band! After a little time Kaledon found a new singer in Marco Palazzi, a young singer and immediately they started to work on the new Chapter of the saga... Chapter 5...
Chapter 5 was released via hellion records in Europe, in Asia via hot-rockin and was distributed in usa and canada via nightmare records in july 2008 With the new singer the band started a new period of their musical life, Palazzi gave to the band new power and new strenght. The X Anniversary Concert was a great opportunity to re-join for a day the former singer Anthony Drago and to gave to the fans a very great show. Immediately after the show, Kaledon started to work to the DVD Roaming in The Land... Their first live album! The DVD release was temporary stopped because the band started to work on the new album Chapter 6. The last Chapter of the Alex Mele's saga.
Kaledon have inked a deal with Scarlet Records for the release of their next studio album 'Legend Of The Forgotten Reign Chapter VI: The Last Night On The Battlefield', the sixth installment of the saga started in 2002 in July 2010.
In December 2010 Kaledon went in European Tour with LORDI and THE DOGMA.
In May 2011 Kaledon entered the studio for their first best of album, named MIGHTIEST HITS. In this album Kaledon have recorded new version of their most important songs. The result was stunning.
Unfortunately after the recording sessions of this album, David Folchitto left the band for personal reasons. After some months and many auditions, Kaledon have confirmed Luca Marini as new drummer on January 1st 2012. With him Kaledon made an european tour with Rhapsody of fire and several show during the year. Luca Marini drummed also the album "Altor: The King's Blacksmith" but immediately after the recording sessions he left the band for personal reasons. The band found in Massimiliano Santori the new drummer.
Kaledon the long running classic European power metal unit have recorded another epic with the release of Altor: The King's Blacksmith. Like that other well established Italian epic metal group Rhapsody Of Fire this dynamic band have also told of an ongoing tale and Kaledon's is titled "Legend of The Forgotten Reign". The chapters of which are told throughout their recordings. And therefore that tradition continues with Kaledon's latest Altor: The King's Blacksmith is an album which "narrates the life of the man who forged the sword that killed Mozul, the evil creature that upset the peace and tranquillity of the Kingdom in the last chapter of the saga".
Having formed in the late nineties Kaleodon have regularly released albums since, and even though over time I have collected so much similar material this is one Italian band I don't believe I have never come across. Kaledon certainly aren't alone with the style of power metal they perform there are a multitude of groups to choose from. I really can't recall if I ever did see Kaledon mentioned or have heard any of their songs before, then again I'm not really surprised given that many of the bands I listen to scarcely receive the exposure that their material deserves.
To my introduction to the songs of Kaledon and Altor: The King's Blacksmith starts out as you would expect with a brief customary opener "Innocence". "Childhood" has its charms and the band raise the tempo for the gripping chorus, Kaledon then turn up the intensity with a barrage of drums for the start of "Between The Hammer And The Anvil" and proceed to alternate the temp once again. Altor: The King's Blacksmith's guest spot has gone to vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Vision Divine) as he performs on what is most probably the song of the album "A Dark Prison". Guest appearances are always welcome but in this case what did standout is that while as enjoyable as the vocals of Kaledon are elsewhere on this album, it's Fabio's appealing style and delivery along with Kaledon's capable musicianship that served to elevate this band to another level.
After familiarizing myself with the metal of Altor: The King's Blacksmith by Kaledon I found it to be quite an enticing release, and one that you may very well find slots favourably into your epic metal library.
Altor: The King's Blacksmith (2013) -- Making Of
1999 -- Spirit Of The Dragon I (Demo)
1999 -- Spirit Of The Dragon II (Demo)
2000 -- God Says Yes I (Demo)
2001 -- God Says Yes II (Demo)
2002 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 1: The Destruction (Full-length)
2003 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 2: The King's Rescue (Full-length)
2005 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 3: The Way Of The Light (Full-length)
2006 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 4: Twilight Of The Gods (Full-length)
2008 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 5: A New Era Begins (Full-length)
2010 -- Legend Of The Forgotten Reign - Chapter 6: The Last Night On The Battlefield (Full-length)
2012 -- Mightiest Hits (Compilation)
2013 -- Altor: The King's Blacksmith (Full-length)
Current Line-up: Paolo Lezziroli -- Bass, Vocals (1998-present) Alex Mele -- Lead Guitars (1998-present) Tommaso Nemesio -- Rhythm Guitars (1998-present) Daniel Fuligni -- Keyboards (2001-present) Marco Palazzi -- Vocals (2007-present) Massimiliano Santori -- Drums (2013-present)
01. Innocence -- 01:05
02. Childhood -- 05:12
03. Between the Hammer and the Anvil -- 04:35
04. My Personal Hero -- 03:52
05. Lilibeth -- 05:21
06. A New Beginning -- 05:06
07. Kephren -- 03:27
08. Screams in the Wind -- 05:06
09. A Dark Prison -- 06:20 Total time: 40:03
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