Get to know "Kaledon"

by Kostas for Heavy Metal OTD


Posted on February 28, 2018


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Kaledon is an heavy/power metal band from Rome, born in 1998 from a concept by lead guitarist Alex Mele. The original line-up was composed by Alex Mele (guitar), Tommy Nemesio (guitar), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Dario Sacco (drums), Anthony Drago (voice).

This line-up recorded four demo-cds:

  • Spirit of the Dragon part I - 1999
  • Spirit of the Dragon part II - 2000 (Reissue of Part I with Fabio Bernardi as guest.)
  • God Says Yes part I - 2000
  • God Says Yes part II - 2001 (Reissue of Part I with Claudio Conti as lead vocalist)

Starting with 2002 Kaledon found a stable line-up with David Folchitto on the drums and Daniele Fuligni on the keys. Thanks to a deal with Steelborn Records, the band starts its official releases following a concept-tale written by Alex Mele, named 'Legend of the Forgotten Reign': an epic medieval story about the land of Kaledon. Every album from the first to the sixth release is a chapter from this tale, the following releases are concept-albums about specific characters.


📌 Kaledon,

Thanks to the great feedback received by the demos, Band had the honour to share the stage with Ronnie James Dio in Rome, at Foro Italico.

Chapter I: The Destruction - 2002
Line up: Claudio Conti (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums).
Label: Steelborn Records
Notes: The first official release from Kaledon.


Chapter II: The King’s Rescue - 2003
Line up: Claudio Conti (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums).
Label: Steelborn Records
Notes: The second official release from Kaledon.


Chapter III: The way of the light - 2005
Line up: Claudio Conti (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), Jorg Michael (drums).
Label: Steelborn Records

📌 Era Notes,

David Folchitto, for personal reasons, had to left the band for some months and Jorg Michael from Stratovarius recorded the drums for this album.

Chapter IV : Twilight of the Gods- 2006
Line up: Claudio Conti (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums).
Labels: Hellion Records (EUR); Hot Rockin’ Records (JP); Universal Metal Production (USA);

📌 Era Notes,

Notes: After three albums with Steelborn Records, Kaledon signed a new deal with the German label Hellion Records. Chapter IV is also the first album released in Japan and USA too, thanks to the deals with Hot Rockin’ Records (JP) and Universal Metal Productions (USA).

Chapter V: A new era begins - 2008
Line up: Marco Palazzi (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums).
Label: Hellion Records (EUR); Hot Rockin’ Records (JP);
Notes: Due to personal reasons Claudio Conti left the band and Marco Palazzi was introduced as new singer.


Chapter VI: The last night on the battlefield - 2010
Label: Scarlet Records (EUR & USA); Rubicon Records (JP);
Notes: The first album released by the Italian label Scarlet Records in Europe and USA.

📌 Era Notes,

A new licensing deal for Japan was signed with Rubicon Records (JP).

In 2012 Kaledon also released a 2-CDs 'best of' album: 'Mightiest Hits'. Line up: Marco Palazzi (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums). Label: Scarlet Records (EUR & USA); Notes: The 2nd CD contains some previously recorded some demos from 'Chapter II' and the previously self-released demos 'Spirit of the Dragon part II', 'God says yes part I' & 'God says yes part II'.

Altor: The King’s Blacksmith - 2013 Line up: Marco Palazzi (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), Luca Marini (drums). Label: Scarlet Records (EUR & USA); Rubicon Records (JP); Notes: The first album concerning a character from the 'Legend of the forgotten reign' saga. David Folchitto was substituted by Luca Marini.

Antillius: The King of the Light - 2014 Line up: Marco Palazzi (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Paolo Campitelli (keyboards), Massimiliano Santori (drums). Label: Scarlet Records (EUR & USA); Rubicon Records (JP); Notes: The first album with the new keyboard player Paolo Campitelli and the new drummer Massimiliano Santori.

Kaledon

In 2015 Kaledon released a re-mastered edition of 'Chapter IV - Twilight of the Gods', with two re-recorded tracks with the new line-up. Line up: Claudio Conti (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Daniele Fuligni (keyboards), David Folchitto (drums). Label: Scarlet Records (EUR & USA); Notes: This re-mastered edition also contains two new versions of the songs 'Holy Water' and 'Into the Fog' re-recorded with Paolo Campitelli on the keys, Massimiliano Santori on the drums, and also introduces the new singer of the band Michele Guaitoli as official member.

Carnagus – Emperor Of The Darkness – 2017 Line up: Michele Guaitoli (vocals), Alex Mele (guitars), Tommy Nemesio (guitars), Paolo Lezziroli (bass guitar), Paolo Campitelli (keyboards), Manuele di Ascenzo (drums). Note: The first album released by Greek label Sleaszy Rider Records

📌 Through the years Kaledon always had an intense live activity.

The most important festivals the band played at were: Agglutination 2007, Headbangers Open Air 2007, Gods of Metal 2010, Metalcamp 2011, Metalcamp 2012, Rock inn Somma 2011

The band shared the stage with many important acts. Some of them are: Rdonnie James Dio, Tony Martin, Anvil, Destruction, Gamma Ray, Tankard and many others.


📌 Line Up,

Michele Guaitoli - Vocals, Alex Mele - Guitars, Tommy Nemesio - Guitars, Paolo Campitelli - Keyboards, Paolo Lezziroli - Bass, Manuele Di Ascenzo - Drums

Latest News

A Very limited number of copies of Kaledon's first 3 albums are now available in the Online Store! 🤘