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Formed: 1985
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Last Known Status: Regrouped


After Leif Edling dissolved the band Nemesis, he started his own band under the name Candlemass. The first Candlemass album was Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, released in 1986 and now considered a milestone in the doom metal scene.

The next release was Nightfall (1987), considered by some as one of the greatest doom metal albums ever.The line-up had now changed: new members were Messiah Marcolin (vocals), Lars Johansson (lead guitar) and Jan Lindh (drums). This line-up is generally considered the most important and the most successful in the band's history. [citation needed] The next two albums were Ancient Dreams (1988), that is now considered an apogee of doom metal classics,and Tales of Creation (1989), where the band moved beyond the edges of classic doom metal and made its touch to progressive metal. This album is distinguished from previous releases by adding some speed-up patterns into the band's original sound, usually used in progressive metal. In 1990, a live album was released. Shortly afterwards, a dispute between the band members resulted in Messiah Marcolin's decision to leave.

After the departure of Marcolin, Candlemass recruited vocalist Thomas Vikström and recorded Chapter VI (1992). Candlemass then disbanded, partly because the album was unsuccessful [citation needed] and partially because Leif Edling had formed another project under the name of Abstrakt Algebra. With Abstrakt Algebra not doing well, Leif suddenly recruited a new line-up under the name of Candlemass and recorded the album Dactylis Glomerata, which was a combination of songs for a new Abstakt Algebra CD and some new material. A couple of years later the Black Sabbath-inspired album From the 13th Sun was released.

In 2002, the members of the classic Candlemass line-up decided to reform. They performed some well-received live shows and released another live album. Other albums released by the reformed band were remastered versions of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Nightfall, Ancient Dreams and Tales of Creation. A DVD called Documents of Doom has been released as well. The band was working on a new album, with some new songs recorded, and searching for a record label, but differences arose again,[4] resulting in Candlemass disbanding again. In the meantime, Leif Edling started a new project, Krux, with former Abstrakt Algebra singer Mats Leven and two members of Entombed.

In November 2004, the band announced that they have re-united for the second time. They have recorded a new album, named simply Candlemass, with the classic line-up. It was released in May 2005. This CD was named in the top 20 of 2005. They won a Swedish Grammy in 2005.

In 2006 the band announced that a new album was in preparation, to be released sometime in 2007. After much uncertainty regarding Messiah's participation, in October 2006 it was settled that Messiah was out for good. The band found a new vocalist in the person of Robert Lowe (Solitude Aeturnus)[5][6] who recorded the band's new album King of the Grey Islands, released on June 22, 2007. The new album is self-produced except for four songs produced by Andy Sneap.

Current Lineup:
* Robert Lowe - Vocals
* Mats Mappe Björkman - rhythm guitar
* Lars Johansson - lead guitars
* Leif Edling - bass
* Jan Lindh - drums

Latest Candlemass News

Below is our complete Candlemass news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood

Last year Dan from Autumns Eyes wrote up an article on the Top Ten Halloween songs in honor of that most metal of holidays. This year we’re taking a look at those metal songs with music videos to get you into the proper Halloween mood, and to start off we’ll head into the most crazy, over-the-top, and outright ridiculous videos to be found in metaldom.

Gwar – “Immortal Corruptor”

Anything involving both Halloween and metal pretty much automatically is connected with Gwar. The “Immortal Corrupter” video has got pretty much everything a good horror flick should have – monsters, skeletons, torture, disembowelments, and a flaming drum kit that shoots gouts of blood. If you already hate Gwar there’s no way this clip will change your mind, but nobody can claim it isn’t monstrously entertaining.


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Candlemass Signs With Napalm Records For Final LP

Legendary doom metal masters Candlemass have inked a deal with Austria's Napalm Records, and the band is currently writing material for a final album. An announcement from Napalm Records reads as follows:

"Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the legendary Swedish doom metal legend Candlemass has joined their ranks. The band is currently working on material for their farewell album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release."

Candlemass commented on the signing: "Now it is official, Swedish doom 'meisters' Candlemass have signed with Austrian Napalm Records for their 11th and last studio album. The band is very happy and excited about this and are looking forward to work with such a great and growing label as Napalm, home of cool bands like Monster Magnet, Karma To Burn, and Isole."

More details on the final studio release are expected soon.

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Candlemass To Release 25th Anniversary 2CD Set

Peaceville Records will be releasing a special 25th anniversary 2CD edition of the Candlemass album "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" on May 16th. The record label commented on the upcoming reissue:

"Marking 25 years since the release of the genre-defining Candlemass Doom metal debut, this special edition of 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' includes a bonus disc featuring commentary by founding member Leif Edling, with stories behind the songs & the recordings.

"'Epicus…' is presented in a deluxe mediabook with extra liner notes including an introduction by Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride."

Further details on the 25th anniversary edition are available at this location.

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Nuclear Blast Clips Vol. 1 Release Date Postponed

Nuclear Blast has announced that the forthcoming "Nuclear Blast Clips Vol.1" DVD / Bluray compilation has been postponed to February 11th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:

1. Accept - Teutonic Terror
2. Sabaton – Uprising
3. Blind Guardian - A Voice In The Dark
4. Dimmu Borgir - Dimmu Borgir
5. Immortal - All Shall Fall
6. Death Angel - Truce
7. Avantasia - Dying For An Angel
8. Sonic Syndicate - Turn It Up
9. Filter - The Inevitable Relapse
10. Soilwork - Deliverance Is Mine
11. Exodus - Downfall
12. Kataklysm - Push The Venom
13. Overkill - Bring Me The Night
14. Eluveitie - Thousandfold
15. Equilibrium - Der Ewige Sieg
16. Ex Deo - The Final War
17. Suicidal Angels - Beyond The Laws Of Church
18. Arsis - Forced To Rock
19. Mnemic - Diesel Uterus
20. Tarot - I Walk Forever
21. Indica - Islands Of Light
22. Callejon - Sommer, Liebe, Kokain
23. Scar Symmetry - The Iconoclast
24. Filter - No Love
25. All Ends - Generation Disgrace
26. Rhapsody Of Fire - Sea Of Fate
27. Decrepit Birth - The Resonance
28. Suffocation - Cataclysmic Purification
29. Nile - Permitting The Noble Dead To Descend To The Underworld
30. Behemoth - Alas, Lord Is Upon Me (censored) More...

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Candlemass Performs With Original Vocalist

Candlemass recently performed the "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" album with original vocalist Johan Längqvist in Stockholm, Swedem. Footage from the special show can be found in the video clips below.


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Candlemass Reveals "Doomology" Tracklisting

European doom veterans Candlemass have revealed the datails surrounding its forthcoming "Doomology" Boxset. The retrospective boxset, which is set for release on December 18, 2010, will feature the following items and tracklistings:

CD 1: First Gig Ever In Jönköping, 1987
1. Intro
2. Crystal Ball
3. Under The Oak
4. Bewitched
5. Demon's Gate
6. The Well Of Souls
7. A Sorcerer's Pledge
8. Solitude

CD 2: Buckley Tivoli, 1988
1. Mirror Mirror
2. Bewitched
3. Solitude
4. The Bells Of Acheron
5. At The Gallows End
6. Demon's Gate
7. Bearer Of Pain
8. Samarithan
9. A Cry From The Crypt
10. Dark Are The Veils Of Death
11. The Well Of Souls
12. A Sorcerer's Pledge

CD 3: Demos From The White Album, 2003-2004
1. Black Dwarf
2. Spellbreaker
3. Seven Silver Keys
4. Assassin Of The Light
5. Copernicus
6. Witches
7. Born In A Tank
8. Black Dwarf
9. Spellbreaker
10. Witches
11. Witches

CD 4: "King Of The Grey Islands" Demos With Mats Levén On Vocals
1. Emperor Of The Void
2. Devil Seed
3. Of Stars And Smoke
4. Demonia 6
5. Destroyer
6. Man Of Shadows
7. Embracing The Styx
8. Edgar Grey

CD 5: Miscellaneous Demos (Johan Längqvist Vocal Audition for "Chapter VI") + Other Rarities
1. Ebony Throne
2. The Dying Illusion
3. Temple Of The Dead
4. The End Of Pain
5. Black Dwarf
6. At The Gallows End
7. Solitude
8. Lucifer Dance
9. Handklover Ouh Klarinett
10. Vört Sistz Rushed

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Candlemass To Release "Doomology" Boxset

European doom veterans Candlemass have revealed the datails surrounding its forthcoming "Doomology" Boxset. The retrospective boxset, which is set for release on December 18, 2010, will feature the following items:

CD 1: First-ever concert in Jonkoping (1987)
CD 2: Buckley Tivoli (1988)
CD 3: Demos for the white album (2003 - 2004)
CD 4: "King Of The Grey Islands" demos with Mats Leven on vocals
CD 5: Miscellaneous demos (Johan Langqvist vocal audition for "Chapter VI") and other rarities.

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Candlemass Comments On Upcoming Festival Date

Candlemass bassist Leif Edling released the following statement in regards to the band's announcement of plans to perform its iconic album "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in its entirety at the Roadburn 2011 Festival:

"Candlemass is on for Roadburn 2011! I'm very happy! Not only for the chance to redeem ourselves, it is still our 25th anniversary, for god's sake!

"A black piece of vinyl called 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' came out almost exactly 25 years ago, and it will be a bonechilling event for us all...to play the whole shit live at Roadburn! Can't wait! The lights, the sound...the projector show...everything will be absolute KILLER!! Pentagram and Candlemass at Roadburn next year. Jeez...what a show!!!"

Candlemass is scheduled to play on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, Holland. The band will perform a tour hour set, including the full performance of "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus."

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Throne Of Malediction Streaming Candlemass Cover

Extreme metal act Throne of Malediction is currently streaming online a cover of the Candlemass song "Solitude." The cover track, along with the previously uploaded songs "The Only Me" and "The Revoker of Dreams," can be heard via the official Throne of Malediction MySpace page. You can also catch Throne of Malediction live on the following dates:

6/19 2010 The Dragons Den/Club Dungeon w/ tba NEED BAND! Kalispell, MT
7/9 2010 The Dragons Den/Club Dungeon w/ Storm Shadow and tba Kalispell, Montana
10/1 2010 The Grateful Head Shop w/Odyssey, Gnarwail and Mageddon Kalispell, Montana

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Tribute to Dio on Sweden Rock Cruise

Some of Sweden's finest heavy metal musicians will gather to pay tribute to Ronnie James Dio during this fall's edition of the Sweden Rock Cruise, set to sail on October 7, 2010 from Stockholm, Sweden for Åbo, Finland and return the following day. There will be a long tribute concert with a number of guest musicians performing classic songs from Dio's career with a main band consisting of members of LION'S SHARE.

So far the following artists have been confirmed to perform with LION'S SHARE at the event:

* Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
* Joacim Cans (HAMMERFALL)
* Björn Gelotte (IN FLAMES)
* Ian Haugland (EUROPE)
* Messiah Marcolin (ex-CANDLEMASS)
* Johan Edlund (TIAMAT)

The show will end with all artists performing HEAR 'N AID's "Stars" (Dio was behind the HEAR N' AID project, a collection of metal artists who recorded the track "Stars" in 1985 to raise funds for African famine relief.)

On the cruise, Sweden Rock Magazine will donate SEK 25,000 to the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, set up by Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy Dio. Everyone attending the cruise can donate money, which will be sent to this cancer fund.

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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Candlemass To Release Live DVD

Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass has announced that they will be releasing a brand new live DVD this year, entitled "Ashes To Ashes." The DVD will see a European release date of April 23rd while fans in North America will have to wait a little longer, as the DVD won't be released there until June 29th. The DVD contains two full live performances from the band, one filmed at last years Sweden Rock Festival, the other at a show in Athens, Greece as well as a bonus CD that features the Sweden show. Also on the DVD will be an in depth interview with lead vocalist Robert Lowe.

The tracklistings are as follows: More...

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Candlemass Bassist Posts Tour Report

Leif Edling, the bass player of doom metal legends Candlemass has posted a lengthy message online regarding the bands recent tour, as well as his own advice on what to listen to, read and watch at the moment. The message reads as follows:

"Hello there all you fans of epic doom metal!

"Thank you all for coming to the gigs this summer. It has been awesome! The response to the new album has really inspired us to be even better live. I mean, with fans like you we feel at home all over the world. So thank you for all the great support!

"The gigs in Sweden with ANGELWITCH and TROUBLE were absolutely fantastic. I had a wonderful time seeing Kevin Heybourne play and sing, and we even shared trains in between the cities. Angelwitch and Trouble were totally super live... and man, to see and hear Rick and Bruce play guitar is nothing but mind blowing! They play like one big guitar!! Just great!! Three great bands and not one ego in sight. More...

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Candlemass To Perform Special Set At Roadburn

Swedish doom metal veterans Candlemass has announced that they will be performing their debut album, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" in full at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland next year with original lead vocalist Johan Längqvist. The festival takes place from April 15-17th.

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Rock City Open Air Cancelled

Romania's forthcoming metal festival, Rock City Open Air, appears to have either cancelled or postponed. A message from black metal legends Mayhem reads as follows:

"Unfortunately, Mayhem will not perform in Romania next week as the whole festival has been canceled (or apparently postponed). We are deeply sorry for the fans who wanted to see us performing there. This is of course totally out of our control.

"A statement regarding the reason of the cancellation should be posted on the festival's MySpace page soon."

This news come after the recent news that Immortal, Blood Red Throne, Macbeth and Trail Of Tears have all pulled out of the event. The festival was scheduled to be held from August 20-23rd in Fetesti, Romania.

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"Brutal Legend" Track Listing Revealed

GameDaily.com is reporting that the track listing for the upcoming heavy metal themed video game "Brutal Legend," which features the voice of Jack Black, has been revealed. The projected track listing can be viewed below. "Brutal Legend" is set to be released on October 13th in North America and October 16th in Europe. More...

Read the full article at GameDaily.com.

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Lineup Confirmed For Rock City Open Air Fest 2009

The Romanian Rock City Open Air Festival 2009 will take place August 20 - 23 in Fetesti. The currently confirmed bands for the festival include:

Agathodaimon, Amon Amarth, Ancient Rites, Belphegor, Betrayer, Blaze Bayley, Blood Red Throne, Brainstorm, Candlemass, Mayhem, Solitude Aeturnus, Dew Scented, Snapjaw, Euphobia, The Cold Existence, Crossover, Dawn of Destiny, De Profundis, Eastern Front, Paul Dianno, Einherjer, Ghamorean, Hollenthon, Immortal, Infected Rain, Lacrimas Profundere, Lake of Tears, Moribund Oblivion, Onslaught, Overgarven, Primal Fear, The Revenge Project, Sinner, Sirenia, Stormlord, Theatres des Vampires, Trail of Tears, and Vendetta.

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Whiplash Confirmed For Keep It True XIII Fest

It is now official that teunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH is already confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Keep It True XIII Festival. A total of 20 bands will appear in 2 days of pure Metal mayhem happening on April 23-24, 2010 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany.

The confirmed bands so far are scheduled as follows:


+ 1 Headliner

You can visit the Keep It True Festival official website for more information and details.

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Candlemass Streaming Entire New Album Online

Candlemass are currently streaming their entire new upcoming album titled "Death Magic Doom" on their official MySpace page. The album was recorded at Polar Studios in Sweden and will be released in Europe on April 3rd and in North America on May 5th.

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Moonspell Added To Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.

The lineup for the festival is now as follows:

Amon Amarth
Arch Enemy
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload
Municipal Waste
The Haunted

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