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Candlemass

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

Background

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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Candlemass Completes Mixing New Album

Candlemass bassist Leif Edling has posted the following message online:

"Yes, the album is ready! We’ve worked on it all autumn and it feels really good that it is completed. The sound is superfat, heavy as hell, and very organic/dynamic at the same time. Our friend Chris (Laney) has done a great job mixing it!! I personally think this album is the best one of the three we have released in the new millennium Easy!! It is bigger, better, louder and a bit more mature I must say!! It is our Heaven And Hell, hehe. And if you guys behave and eat your vegetables we just might be able to add a couple of sound-bits here on the C-mass site. Maybe the wait for the release in may next year will be easier. Check this page sometime before x-mass. The only thing that pisses me off is the fact that we can’t call it Hammer Of Doom, after one of the songs on it. A brand new stupid festival in Germany calls themselves that! Who spilled the beans??? Well, well…the albums absolutely KILLS and we will surely come up with a suitable name for it."

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Satyricon Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

Norwegian black metal legends Satyricon are the latest act to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival which will be held in Derbyshire, England from Augus 14th-16th. The festival will also feature performances from Saxon, Sabaton, Candlemass, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter, The Haunted, Turisas, Wintersun and Katatonia.

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Candlemass Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air 2009

Candlemass are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2009 edition of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival. The festival will be held from August 14th-16th next year at Catton Hall in Derbyshire and also features The Haunted, Sabaton, Katatonia, Turisas, Wintersun and Die Apokalyptischen Reiter.

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Funeral Delays New Album

Norway's Funeral have delayed their upcoming album, "As The Light Does The Shadow," and will be released on Sepember 22nd.

Funeral have announced the guest appearance of Robert Lowe (Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus) on vocals on the track "In the fathoms of wit and reason." More...

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Candlemass Releases EP Details

Swedish doom legends CANDLEMASS have issued the following update:

"The new Candlemass EP Lucifer Rising is finally recorded and due for release first week of October. It features two brand new tracks "Lucifer Rising" and "White God". It also contains a re-recorded version of "Demon's Gate" live in the studio. As a bonus you will get most of the gig from Athens last year: "At The Gallows End", "Solitude", "Emperor Of The Void", "Devil Seed", "Under The Oak", "Mirror Mirror", "Of Stars And Smoke", "Black Dwarf" and "Samarithan". Yes, it is probably the worlds longest EP!!"

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Dark Tranquillity Joins Sweden's Official Website

Dark Tranquillity has signed on to Sweden’s “Official Gateway” in order to help promote Swedish music on an international scale. Close-up Magazine has chosen “Focus Shift” from the band’s 2007 release “Fiction” to help represent the rock/metal/punk category.
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Candlemass Cancels Albuquerque Show

Candlemass have been forced to cancel their show tomorrow (June 4th) in Albuquerque, New Mexico at The Launchpad due to a fire at the club. No details have been given how the fire started or how serious it is and no word yet if the show will be rescheduled.

Candlemass will re-release the albums "From The 13th Sun" and "Live" which will include bonus tracks.

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Candlemass Announce Various Release Dates

Candlemass' upcoming "Lucifer Rising" EP will reportedly be recorded in April with a scheduled September release through Nuclear Blast. The EP features a whole bunch of live tracks from their previous tour, plus two brand new tracks - "Lucifer Rising" and "The White God". The band has also announced that a brand new album will be recorded in Autumn for an estimated release in Spring, 2009. On top of that, Candlemass are going to re-release the following albums this year, on Snapper/Peaceville:

Chapter VI (1992): 31st March
Dactylis Glomerata (1998) + Abstrakt Algebra 2: 26th May
From the 13th Sun (1999) (bonus tracks "Oil", "Nimis", "Rock'n'roll"): 23rd June
Live (1990) (bonus cd audio disc Dynamo Open Air 88): 11th August

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Candlemass Announce More US Tour Dates

Swedish doom metal merchants, CANDLEMASS, are preparing to embark on their first US tour in 17 years. This is will also mark the bands first time performing in the States with vocalist and Texas native Robert Lowe, also of SOLITUDE AETURNUS fame. Bassist and founding member Leif Edling could barley contain his excitment when asked about finally returning to North America:

”Last time we were over was in 1991 and that’s way too long! We wanna make this tour a very special event for all our fans in the States and all new American fans of doom and metal too. It will be great to meet up and hang out, and play all the classic C-mass songs for you guys plus some new ones of course. We’ve been waiting 17 years for this so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity to catch the Kings of Doom in your hometown! See ya soon in a city near you!”

Here are the confirmed Candlemass tour dates with Daylight Dies as support:

05/19 Jaxx – W. Springfield, VA
05/20 BB King Blues Club – New York City, NY
05/22 Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
05/23 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
05/24 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
05/25 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
05/28 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
05/29 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
05/30 Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
05/31 The Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
06/01 Whisky A Go Go – Hollywood, CA
06/03 Brickhouse – Phoenix, AZ
06/04 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
06/05 Scout Bar – San Antonio, TX
06/06 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
06/07 Ridglea Theater – Fort Worth, TX
06/08 The Muse – Nashville, TN

CANDLEMASS' new album, "King of the Grey Islands", was released June 22 of 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the first to feature vocalist Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS), a welcome replacement to former frontman Messiah Marcolin.

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Withersoul To Open for Candlemass In Virginia

Virginia metallers, Withersoul, announce the following upcoming shows:

4/19 - Williamsburg, Virginia - William & Mary Metalfest w/ A LIFE ONCE LOST & Immortal Avenger
5/10 - Richmond, VA, Virginia - VMA gig with Behelmod @ Rocks
5/19 - Springfield, Virginia - Jaxx w/ CANDLEMASS, Daylight Dies, Twisted Tower Dire

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Krux Announce Live Tour Dates

KRUX, the Swedish doom band featuring CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION singer Mats Levén, ex-ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjärnvind, guitarist Jörgen Sandstrom (THE PROJECT HATE, ex-ENTOMBED/GRAVE), guitarist Fredrik Åkesson (ex-ARCH ENEMY) and keyboardist Carl Westholm, have issued the following update:

"Krux will play the classic Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway on March 21st. Showtime is 8 PM and headliners that evening is SATYRICON. No doubt there will be a brutally cool long Friday at the Rockefeller venue."

"A few days later Krux plays in Stockholm on March 25. Venue is Club 44 and it's an all ages evening. No alcohol is served but the bill is really good. Krux headlines before TAINT and KEN MODE, two really cool British metal bands."

"Tickets are 80 kr. Be there!!"

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Mustasch Gets "Best Hard Rock" Grammis Award

Swedish act Mustasch has been honored with the “Best Hard Rock” Grammis award, the Swedish version of the Grammy Awards, for its album “Latest Version of the Truth.”

The Gothenberg-based quartet was presented with the award by Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee at the awards ceremony on January 9 at Globen in Stockholm. Mustasch beat out tough competition in veteran bands like Candlemass, Clawfinger, Entombed, and Arch Enemy.

“It felt a lot more emotional and fantastic than we initially thought,” said vocalist/lead guitarist Ralf Gyllenhammar. “Before the Grammys we thought of it more as an industry meet or a public event where it doesn’t really affect us personally if we win or loose, but when Mikkey Dee announced us as winners it was almost like a blackout of joy! Can hardly remember what was said in the speech.”

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Daylight Dies Post New Studio Video Online

Raleigh-based metallers DAYLIGHT DIES have issued the following update:

"Progress continues to be brisk in our recording of Lost To The Living. The drums, acoustic guitars and rhythm guitars are now completely done. Everyone is taking a short break for the holidays and will be ready to take on the layers of lead, clean and solo guitars in the start of the new year. We've posted another short video and a few pictures from us fooling around in the studio the past couple weeks."

"Tour dates continue to trickle in for our May/June 2008 tour with CANDLEMASS. Dates in San Francisco and Houston are now added with more to follow. Advanced tickets can be purchased here." More...

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Former Candlemass Singer Performs With Therion

Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin joined THERION on stage in London, England on Sunday, December 16. Messiah sang on THERION's "Kali Youga" trilogy and performed a duet with Snowy Shaw at the end of the show on MERCYFUL FATE's "Black Funeral".

The full setlist was as follows:

01. Rise Of Sodom & Gomorrah
02. Son Of The Sun
03. Midgard
04. Asgard
05. Wine Of Aluqah
06. Wisdom & The Cage
07. Kali Yuga I
08. Kali Yuga II
09. Kali Yuga III
10. Lemuria
11. Via Nocturna
12. An Arrow From The Sun
13. Typhon
14. Ginnungagap
15. Preludium (Intro)
16. To Mega Therion
17. Cults Of The Shadow
18. In The Desert Of Set
19. Interludium
20. Nightside Of Eden
21. Opus Eclipse
22. Invocation Of Naamah
23. The Siren Of The Woods
24. Grand Finale / Postludium
25. Adulruna Rediviva
26. Black Funeral
27. Summernight City

Watch fan-filmed video footage of Messiah Marcolin performing the "Kali Youga" trilogy with THERION in London on Sunday, December 16, 2007:
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Candlemass Announce More North American Dates

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have confirmed the following U.S. dates:

May 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues
May 22 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 24 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 25 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 28 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
May 31 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
Jun. 01 - West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
Jun. 06 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Jun. 07 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater

Support on the trek will come from DAYLIGHT DIES.

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until December 20 at which point they become available through all ticketing systems.

CANDLEMASS filmed its 20th anniversary concert on March 31, 2007 at Stockholm's Kolingsborg for a DVD, "20 Year Anniversary Party", which was released on October 22 via Snapper/Peaceville. CANDLEMASS performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus the group's latest addition, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS. In addition to the concert footage, the DVD includes interviews with all the vocalists from that evening as extra material.

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Candlemass, Daylight Dies Announce More Dates

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have confirmed the following U.S. dates:

May 19 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues
May 22 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 24 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 25 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 28 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
Jun. 07 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater

Support on the trek will come from DAYLIGHT DIES.

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until December 20 at which point they become available through all ticketing systems.

Fan-filmed video footage of CANDLEMASS performing the song "Emperor of the Void" on September 26, 2007 in Stockholm, Sweden can be viewed below.

CANDLEMASS filmed its 20th anniversary concert on March 31, 2007 at Stockholm's Kolingsborg for a DVD, "20 Year Anniversary Party", which was released on October 22 via Snapper/Peaceville. CANDLEMASS performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus the group's latest addition, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS. In addition to the concert footage, the DVD includes interviews with all the vocalists from that evening as extra material.

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Arch Enemy And More Nominated For Swedish Awards

ARCH ENEMY, CANDLEMASS, ENTOMBED, CRASHDIET and HARDCORE SUPERSTAR are among the artists that are competing for the "Best Hard Rock" honor at the Swedish "Grammis" awards, which will be held January 9, 2008 at Globen in Stockholm. The bands have each been nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2007. The nominees are as follows:

ARCH ENEMY - Rise Of The Tyrant
CANDLEMASS - King Of The Grey Islands
CLAWFINGER - Life Will kill You
CRASHDIET - The Unattractive Revolution
DARK TRANQUILLITY - Fiction
ENTOMBED - Serpent Saints
HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - Dreamin' In A Casket
LILLASYSTER - Hjärndöd Musik Till En Hjärndöd Genaration
MUSTASCH - Latest Version Of The Truth
TAKIDA - Bury The Lies

Last year's "Grammis" award in the "Best Hard Rock" category was won by IN FLAMES for their "Come Clarity" CD.

In accepting the award, IN FLAMES frontman Anders Fridén asked the audience to get up on their feet.

"This is the third time IN FLAMES have won a [Swedish] Grammy and it feels extremely good," he said and joked: "Thanks a lot to the Swedish people, [distributor] Sound Pollution and all you people sitting down!"

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Candlemass, Daylight Dies Announce U.S. Dates

Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have confirmed the following U.S. dates:

May 19 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 20 - New York City, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 22 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
May 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
May 24 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
May 25 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
May 28 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 29 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
May 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's

More shows will be added.

Support on the trek will come from DAYLIGHT DIES.

Tickets are on sale exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until December 20 at which point they become available through all ticketing systems.

CANDLEMASS filmed its 20th anniversary concert on March 31, 2007 at Stockholm's Kolingsborg for a DVD, "20 Year Anniversary Party", which was released on October 22 via Snapper/Peaceville. CANDLEMASS performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus the group's latest addition, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS. In addition to the concert footage, the DVD includes interviews with all the vocalists from that evening as extra material.

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Candlemass Reveal First Dates Of U.S. Tour

Swedish metallers CANDLEMASS will tour North American next spring with DAYLIGHT DIES.
The first confirmed dates for the trek include:

May
19 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
20 - New York, NY - B.B. King Blues Club

Snapper Music/Peaceville Records issued Candlemass' 20 Year Anniversary Party DVD on October 22nd.

The DVD includes band interviews and a whole load of additional footage, coming in at over 3 hours of top doom metal from this most celebrated of acts.

Tracklisting: 'The Dying Illusion', 'Dark Are The Veils Of Death', 'Where The Runes Still Speak', 'Ebony Throne', 'Well Of Souls', 'Black Dwarf', 'At The Gallows End', 'Demonia 6', 'Samarithan', 'Mirror Mirror', 'Crystal Ball', 'Demons Gate', 'Under The Oak', 'A Sorcerers Pledge', 'Witches', 'Bullfest', 'Solitude'.

Extras: 50 minute special with backstage footage and interviews.

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Candlemass Release First North American Tour Date

Sweden’s CANDLEMASS will hit the road for a North American tour during the Spring with DAYLIGHT DIES. The first date to be released is as follows:

May 20 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club

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