Band Photo: Candlemass (?)
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.  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  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, 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) 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.
* Robert Lowe - Vocals
* Mats Mappe Björkman - rhythm guitar
* Lars Johansson - lead guitars
* Leif Edling - bass
* Jan Lindh - drums
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A three-minute trailer for the forthcoming "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set can be viewed below. Due on November 30 via Nuclear Blast, the collection — as the title implies — celebrates the 20th anniversary of the German metal label, featuring two DVDs with almost six hours' worth of footage, including 70 promotional clips and a four-part history of the label hosted by DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer.
The following clips can be found on the "20 Years of Nuclear Blast" two-DVD set:
01. DIMMU BORGIR - Progenies Of The Great Apocalypse
02. IMMORTAL - One By One
03. HYPOCRISY - Scrutinized
04. GOREFEST - The Glorious Dead
05. KATAKLYSM - Manipulator Of Souls
06. BENEDICTION - I Bow To None
07. PUNGENT STENCH - Shrunken And Mumified Bitch
08. BELPHEGOR - Sanctus Perversum
09. NILE - The Language Of The Shadows
10. DEATH - Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
11. MALEVOLENT CREATION - Assasin Squad
12. DESTRUCTION - The Butcher Strikes Back
13. DEW SCENTED - Cities Of The Dead
14. ANTHRAX - What Doesn’t Die
15. EXODUS - Riot Act
16. DEATH ANGEL - The Devil Incarnate
17. I - Warriors
18. SONIC SYNDICATE - Psychic Suicide
19. CLAWFINGER - The Price We Pay
20. CHIMAIRA - Worthless
21. IN FLAMES - Only For The Weak
22. MESHUGGAH - Future Breed Machine
23. SOILWORK - Exile
24. THE DESTINY PROGRAM - Project Hoax
25. SCAR SYMMETRY - The Illusionist
26. THREAT SIGNAL - Counterbalance
27. MNEMIC - Ghost
28. EKTOMORF - Destroy
29. AGNOSTIC FRONT - Warriors
30. ALL SHALL PERISH - Eradication
31. BLEED THE SKY - God In The Frame
32. DARKANE - Solitary Confinement
33. THE DUSKFALL - Trust Is Overrated
34. ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET - So Grim, So True, So Real
35. WINTERSUN - Winter Madness
36. HAMMERFALL - Hammerfall
37. RIDE THE SKY - New Protection
38. EDGUY - King Of Fools
39. BLIND GUARDIAN - The New Order
40. SONATA ARCTICA - Caleb
41. GOTTHARD - Master Of Illusion
42. RAGE - Full Moon
43. GRAVE DIGGER - Valhalla
44. HELLOWEEN - Immortal
45. STRATOVARIUS - Why Are We Here
46. TAROT - Before The Skies Comes Down
47. THUNDERSTONE - Face In The Mirror
48. COMMUNIC - Conspiracy In Mind
49. THRESHOLD - Slipstream
50. CANDLEMASS - Of Stars And Smoke
51. CATHEDRAL - Corpsecycle
52. NIGHTWISH - Eva
53. AFTER FOREVER - Transitory
54. EPICA - Never Enough
55. ECHOES OF ETERNITY - Voices In A Dream
56. SIRENIA - The Other Side
57. DEATHSTARS - Greatest Fight On Earth
58. SAMAEL - Valkyrie’s New Ride
59. THE KOVENANT - In The Name Of The Future
60. AMORPHIS - The White Swan
61. THERION - Der Mitternachtslöwe
62. CREMATORY - Revolution
63. FARMER BOYS - For The World To Sing
64. PYOGENESIS - Addiction Pole
65. LIQUIDO - Ordinary Life
66. CHROME DIVISION - Serial Killer
67. DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER - Riders On The Storm
68. SUBWAY TO SALLY - Meine Seele Brennt
69. KNORKATOR - Wir werden alle sterben
70. SUCH A SURGE - Mission Erfüllt More...
CANDLEMASS' "From the 13th Sun" album, which came out in 1999 and featured mainman/bassist Leif Edling alongside a collection of mostly unknown (outside Sweden) musicians, will be re-released on vinyl via Black Lodge Records. The new LP contains the entire original album plus three extra tracks: "The Odessa Chamber", "Sokrates" and "John the Leper". The bonus songs were culled from demos but due to poor tape quality, they have been re-recorded by Jejo Percovic (drums), Leif Edling, Mats Stahl (guitar) and Björn Flodquist (vocals).
CANDLEMASS filmed its 20th anniversary concert on March 31, 2007 at Stockholm's Kolingsborg for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due in October/November 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.
The complete list of vocalists that performed with the band is as follows:
Johan Langquist (ex-CANDLEMASS)
Tomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS)
Mikael Åkerfeldt (OPETH)
Mats Levén (KRUX, THERION, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN)
Robert Lowe (CANDLEMASS, SOLITUDE AETURNUS)
Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH)
Janne Christoffersson (GRAND MAGUS, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS)
In addition to the concert footage, the DVD will include interviews with all the vocalists from that evening as extra material.
CANDLEMASS have confirmed more opening acts on their upcoming tour in support of their new album, King Of The Grey Islands. Their updated schedule is as follows:
31 - Malmoe, Sweden - K.B.
1 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock (with SATURNUS)
2 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle *
3 - Berlin, Germany - Kato *
4 - Nurenberg, Germany - Hirsch *
6 - Essen, Germany - Turock *
7 - Eindhoven, Holland - Dynamo *
8 - Würzburg, Germany - Soundpark Ost
9 - Rijssen, Holland - Lucky ***
11 - Leeds, UK - Rio's **
12 - London, UK - Dingwalls **
14 - Antwerp, Belgium - Trix (with SERPENTCULT)
15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7 *
16 - Milano, Italy - Transilvania
19 - Budapest, Hungary - A 38 (with STEREOCHRIST)
20 - Krakow, Poland - Studio (with CEMETARY OF SCREAM)
22 - Flensburg, Germany - Roxy (with STRONGHOLDE)
23 - Göteborg, Sweden - Sticky FIngers
24 - Linköping, SwedenvAtmosfär
26 - Stockholm, Sweden - Klubben
29 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Idrogios
30 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
* support from POWERWOLF
** support from CENTURIONS GHOST, BATTERED
*** support from AGENT STEEL, VICIOUS RUMORS, AFTER ALL, OFFICIUM TRISTE, INHUME
Chad Bowar from About Heavy Metal recently conducted an interview with CANDLEMASS bassist Leif Edling. Here are some extracts from the conversation:
Chad Bowar: Are you looking forward to having the album ("King Of The Grey Islands") released and moving forward again?
Leif Edling: "Yes. We just want to get out there and play now. We haven't played for 18 months, and that's really what we want to do. That's what it is all about."
Chad Bowar: How far along with the album were you when you found out Messiah (Marcolin) was leaving?
Leif Edling: "The album was recorded last May, over a year ago. Messiah left in April last year. In October we hoped that he would still finish the album."
Chad Bowar: You searched the world for new vocalist.
Leif Edling: "We listened to over 80 singers. It was quite a big search. We listened to 30 guys from Sweden and about 50 guys from Europe and America. We took three months for the search before we got in touch with Robert (Lowe - SOLITUDE AETURNUS)."
Chad Bowar: What was it about Robert that attracted you to him?
Leif Edling: "We've always known about him and always liked his voice since the first SOLITUDE AETURNUS albums. We liked the fact that he has this classic Metal voice, but he's also very emotional in his style of singing. He was perfect for CANDLEMASS, and when we listened to the new album it was quite obvious that he might be the one. When he put his voice on the record and did the new songs, he really blew us away. When we listen to him on this record I think it's pretty obvious that he is the right choice."
Chad Bowar: Do you have any concerns about him being in another band at the same time?
Leif Edling: "No, not at all. We are in contact with SOLITUDE AETURNUS. I'm pretty sure we can solve anything. They are not super active right now. If they want to do an album next year, we can lay low while they do that. I don't think we will have a problem. It is a long way to Sweden from America, but Robert is willing to travel and he is really easy to work with."
Chad Bowar: The music on the new album seems heavier and more dynamic. Would you agree?
Leif Edling: "Yes, I guess so. It is a natural progression from the previous album and I think it's a little bit heavier. It's a little more complex, a little bit more gloomy, a little bit more Metal as well. I think there is more of everything on it. The previous one was a little more straightforward and this one is a little heavier and more complex."
Chad Bowar: What does the title "King Of The Grey Islands" signify?
Leif Edling: "The Grey Islands is a place where you go to when you are sad or hurt or really pissed off. It's the place where you lock yourself in when you don't want anybody to be able to reach you. That's the meaning behind it. The king of the Grey Islands is the fictional character. Every song on the album is about emotions, negative emotions, and the king of the Grey Islands represents all of these negative emotions. It eventually leads up to the character's suicide in the last song. It shows what all of these negative emotions can lead to if you let them take control."
Chad Bowar: You are playing European festivals this summer. Any chance of making it to the US for a tour later on?
Leif Edling: "Early next year I would say. We are pretty busy this summer and we're going to tour in Europe in the fall. We go to Australia in November in we have some gigs in December as well. We are talking about going to America, so hopefully somebody will give us an offer to come over and put a package together with CANDLEMASS and a couple of other bands. You need somebody to give you an invitation to come. If people in America like the album, if it gets good reviews and people buy the record, I'm pretty sure someone will make us an offer."
Multinational metalheads POWERWOLF will support Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS on the following dates:
Sep. 02 - D - Hamburg @ Markthalle
Sep. 03 - D - Berlin @ Kato
Sep. 04 - D - Nürnberg @ Hirsch
Sep. 06 - D - Essen @ Turock
Sep. 07 - NL - Eindhoven @ [to be announced]
Sep. 08 - D - Würzburg @ Soundpark Ost *
Sep. 15 - CH - Pratteln @ Z7
* Power Of Doom Festival with CANDLEMASS, WARNING, POWERWOLF, THE LAMP OF THOTH
New releases from MALEVOLENT CREATION and CANDLEMASS can now be streamed in their entirety on MP3.com. Both will be available until July 17th at which point they will be released in North America via Nuclear Blast Records . Each album can be heard at the following locations:
"Doomsday X" was recorded and engineered at Mercury Recording Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida by longtime friend and producer (and sometimes session member) Gus Rios , and is said to be the most diverse MALEVOLENT CREATION album recorded to date and "without a doubt their fastest!!" Mick Thomson , guitarist for SLIPKNOT , also contributed a "ripping" guitar solo for the song "Deliver My Enemy" .
"King of the Grey Islands" is the first CANDLEMASS album to feature singer Robert Lowe ( SOLITUDE AETURNUS ), who replaced Messiah Marcolin earlier in the year. The album was recorded at the famed Polar Studios ( LED ZEPPLIN / ABBA ) in Sweden and mixed by Peter Tagtren ( HYPOCRISY, PAIN ).
CANDLEMASS' new album, "King of the Grey Islands", has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 83.
"King of the Grey Islands" is the first CANDLEMASS album to feature singer Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS), who replaced Messiah Marcolin earlier in the year.
As previously reported, fan-filmed video footage of CANDLEMASS performing the song "Black Dwarf" at the Metaltown festival on Saturday, June 30 in Gothenburg, Sweden has been posted at YouTube.
CANDLEMASS celebrated its 20th anniversary at a special concert held at Stockholm's Kolingsborg on March 31, 2007. The band performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists at the show — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus Lowe. Check out video footage from the gig at YouTube. More...
MEHIDA, a new band of Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Arctica) and Thomas Vikström (Therion, ex-Candlemass) has signed to Napalm Records. Ex-Am I Blood guitarist Jani Stefanovic (ex-Am I Blood) is also involved in the project. "MEHIDA manage an extraordinary feat by converging their progressive roots and technical prowess with strong, memorable vocal lines and first-class songwriting," states the label.
The release of the band's debut album, "Blood & Water" is set for 31.8.2007.
Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have scheduled two exclusive gigs in the U.K. in September:
Sep. 11 – Leeds, UK @ Rio's
Sep. 12 – London, UK @ Dingwalls
As previously reported, fan-filmed video footage of CANDLEMASS performing the song "Black Dwarf" at the Metaltown festival on Saturday, June 30 in Gothenburg, Sweden has been posted at YouTube.
CANDLEMASS' new album, "King of the Grey Islands", was released on June 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Former CANDLEMASS frontman Messiah Marcolin told BLABBERMOUTH.NET on May 12, 2007 that "It has come to my attention that someone pretending to be me has written a fake statement on the official CANDLEMASS forum. I have not written the fake statement and I do not agree with the lies in it. The only official statement I have made was on Blabbermouth April 28, 2006. [See Messiah's previous statement at this location.] I then told you I have quit CANDLEMASS and that it's 100 percent definite that I will not return. 'We could not agree on how to do the new album.' That statement was as true then as it is now. I will tell you one more thing though. I have never had a 'severe pre-recording psychosis.' [See previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET story.] That was a lie told by Leif Edling [CANDLEMASS bassist/songwriter]."
"King of the Grey Islands" features Marcolin's replacement, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS.
CANDLEMASS celebrated its 20th anniversary at a special concert held at Stockholm's Kolingsborg on March 31, 2007. The band performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists at the show — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, plus Lowe. Check out video footage from the gig at YouTube.
A brand new audio interview (stream 1 & stream 2) with Candlemass bassist/songwriter Leif Edling has been posted online by Studio Brussel. Edling comments on former frontman Messiah Marcolin and some of the recording challenges the failing relationship caused. “…he was such a difficult person to deal with.”
The interview was broadcast on "Whiplash", the only metal show on national radio in Belgium. The program is hosted by Dries Van Damme, guitarist of the band After All.
Messiah recently offered this point of view, "It has come to my attention that someone pretending to be me has written a fake statement on the official Candlemass forum. I have not written the fake statement and I do not agree with the lies in it. The only official statement I have made was on Blabbermouth April 28, 2006. I then told you I have quit Candlemass and that it's 100 percent definite that I will not return. 'We could not agree on how to do the new album.' That statement was as true then as it is now. I will tell you one more thing though. I have never had a 'severe pre-recording psychosis.' That was a lie told by Leif Edling.”
Candlemass celebrated its 20th anniversary at a special concert held at Stockholm's Kolingsborg on March 31. The band performed with no less than seven (!) different vocalists at the show — including the band's former singers Johan Langquist and Tomas Vikström, Mikael Akerfeld of Opeth, and featuring new vocalist Rob Lowe. Check out video footage from the gig at YouTube.
Candlemass bassist/leader Leif Edling also recently spoke to Metal Maniacs magazine about the band's new album, "King of the Grey Islands", Messiah Marcolin's departure and the addition of Solitude Aeturnus vocalist Robert Lowe. A couple of excerpts follow:
On Messiah Marcolin:
"I do want to say that if he [Messiah] hadn't taken this public, I wouldn't have had to respond in public. I think it's a shame that Messiah feels the need to go out in public and on forums to further prove that he's in the wrong, though I'm not surprised by it…For the last album, he did a lot of interviews where he was apologizing, saying he was sorry for being a wanker to the others in the band…We had huge success with the last album and we sold a lot of copies. Everything was rosy, and we really had no fucking problems. And then Messiah starts in whining about this or that, and — we call him The Big Black Negative Hole, because he just sucks the life out of whoever's around him as far as the band goes. Sure, you have days when it's good, and we had good times with him, but you just know that very, very soon something will happen to turn it all to shit."
Edling continues to comment on the choice of a new vocalist, “We wanted someone unknown, but someone with the stage presence and vocal prowess Candlemass fans expect, and we as a band expect as well. We hadn't actually thought of going for someone already in a well-respected band, but we got an email from Heather, Robert's girlfriend, asking if we'd thought of Robert. I knew who he was, of course, but only had heard him sing Solitude Aeturnus songs. We sent him the demoed tracks for the album, and after we got his tapes back with his vocals over top, it was like, 'Fuckin' hell, this is brilliant!..Everything with this album (King of the Grey Islands) happened at the 11th hour. Still, we didn't panic or anything. We never really operate with a Plan B, which can be stressful at times, but that's how we work. We got Robert just barely in time for him to sing on the album, and I'll tell you, sometimes the stress was at ulcer level. We knew what had to be done, though, so we just made it happen as always.”
You can read the full interview in the October 2007 issue of Metal Maniacs, on sale August 21.
For more from Leif Edling on the subject, visit Vassil Varbanov’s column at Bulgaria's Tangra Mega Rock (in English)
An e-card for the new CANDLEMASS album, "King of the Grey Islands", can be accessed at this location. The e-card features audio samples of all tracks that are set to appear on the CD, which is due on June 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Former CANDLEMASS frontman Messiah Marcolin told Blabbermouth.net on May 12, 2007 that "It has come to my attention that someone pretending to be me has written a fake statement on the official CANDLEMASS forum. I have not written the fake statement and I do not agree with the lies in it. The only official statement I have made was on Blabbermouth April 28, 2006. I then told you I have quit CANDLEMASS and that it's 100 percent definite that I will not return. 'We could not agree on how to do the new album.' That statement was as true then as it is now. I will tell you one more thing though. I have never had a 'severe pre-recording psychosis.' That was a lie told by Leif Edling [CANDLEMASS bassist/songwriter]."
"King of the Grey Islands" features Marcolin's replacement, Robert Lowe of SOLITUDE AETURNUS.
Swedish singer Mats Levén (KRUX, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, CANDLEMASS) has issued the following update:
"Recorded some backing vocals on two songs today with producer Jacob Hellner for the APOCALYPTICA album, sounded good. First time I worked with Jacob, nice guy.More...
Swedish symphonic metallers THERION have issued the following update:
"From Wacken Open Air and onwards, Mats Levén (KRUX) will no longer be singing with the band. It was a decision taken by the whole band in discussion with Mats. This change of line-up is on friendly terms and the remaining shows before Wacken will be performed with the same energy and passion as if nothing had happened. There are no bad feelings. Therion will continue to develop even further into the direction we set on the last tour and Mats will focus on his new projects.More...
The tracklist of this very first SOLITUDE AETURNUS DVD entitled Hour Of Despair has been revealed and will be comprised of songs filmed and recorded live during their visit in Poland, including songs from their latest album Alone as well as from some of their previous releases (from the classic debut Into the Depths of Sorrow, from Through The Darkest Hour, Downfall, and the cult album Adagio). The DVD will also feature an interview with John Perez and Robert Lowe (also CANDLEMASS) as also Live At On the Rocks, 1992 and Live At Joe's Garage, Fall, 1987 bonus video footage.
In this age of Internet piracy, CANDLEMASS has sought a small way to combat the growing problem of someone posting an entire album online, pre-release. The initial digi-pak pressing of King Of The Grey Islands will include two additional songs, not given on promotional copies (a typical source of leaks) and thus not (yet) available on copies downloaded. Comments Leif Edling: "The promos went out last week, and as soon as they did, it was available on the net. It happens to us as it does every band, but we are getting fantastic pre-reviews already!! The journalists seem to love the album. We love the way Robert (Lowe/SOLITUDE AETURNUS) sings on the album. The king is dead, long live the king!!"
Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS will release their new album, "King of the Grey Islands", on June 22 through Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for the CD is as follows:
02. Emperor of the Void
03. Devil Seed
04. Of Stars and Smoke
05. Demonia 6
07. Man of Shadows
09. The Opal City
10. Embracing the Styx More...
Swedish doom-metal legends Candlemass will celebrate their 20th year anniversary with a March 31 concert in Stockholm. They'll be joined onstage for the first time ever by their original singer, Johan Lanquist, who left after the recording of their legendary 1986 debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. The show will also mark the debut of the band's new singer, Robert Lowe (also of Solitude Aeturnus), who replaces Messiah Marcolin. Grand Magus will open the evening and Cathedral frontman Lee Dorrian and Witchcraft singer Magnus Pelander will DJ.
The band comments on their new choice of singer in Robert Lowe of Solitude Aeturnus:
"After months of auditions it is now official who replaces Messiah Marcolin in CANDLEMASS. Robert Lowe, well known for his work with SOLITUDE AETURNUS, is the man who killed all the competition and showed that he beyond doubt is the most capable man for the job. A worthy successor!!
Robert will still be fronting SA, but since there's a whole ocean between the bands, we/CANDLEMASS, feel that this is a great solution that is very beneficial for everybody. The mighty voice from Dallas Texas, is thrown into the fire immediately and is starting the vocal work on the new CANDLEMASS album in a matter of days. CANDLEMASS are sure that the words 'amazing' and 'incredible' will be used to describe the result! CANDLEMASS would also like to thank all the gifted singers who applied for the job. Many talents from all over the world have been heard. We are sure that they will continue to be heard for a long time, but not in CANDLEMASS. The band have finally found the ideal replacement for Messiah Marcolin – Robert Lowe! The new album will KILL!!"
After the cooperation between the band and singer Messiah Marcolin has come to a complete end now (for an extensive statement, please check www.candlemass.se), CANDLEMASS are searching for a new lead singer now.
The band states: "CANDLEMASS will start to look for a new singer as soon as possible. Watch our website. More info on the matter will come soon. In the meantime, don't try to send us tapes or CDs or links."
CANDLEMASS recorded four new songs with the help of producer Andy Sneap (NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD) in late February at the Polar Studios. At the time, Leif Edling said of the material, "The songs are pretty much in the same vein as the stuff on the [self-titled 2005] reunion album, maybe a bit darker."
After months of uncertainty, Candlemass has officially parted ways with frontman Messiah Marcolin. Here's a statement from the band:
"You have heard the rumours and it is with a heavy heart we must make this official. The band have tried to solve the situation several times, but Messiah cannot be persuaded to sing on the new album. His attitude and demands are way too unreasonable. I'm very sorry about this, not surprised though.
We have all been very disappointed with Messiah's behaviour during the previous years reunion, especially with his childish and undemocratic way to "discuss" matters before the May recording at Polar in Stockholm. It's not cool when one person refuses to listen to other people, don't give a shit about his bandmates and demands special treatment. Sure, a little bit of primadonna vices is allowed in a band. But when it comes to the extent that it's "my way or the highway" in every little discussion that comes up, it is not fun anymore. We like the thought of five equal metalheads playing together, having fun in the rehearsalroom, at gigs etc. That's the whole point of it if you ask us. Unfortunately negativity and stupidity have been dictating the rules for Candlemass lately.
We hope you all can understand how disappointed we are. And angry! Disappointed with the fact that a grown man can behave so badly towards others – his friends – and for such a long time. And so easily, when he doesn't get everything he wants, throws it all away. We're still in chock! We never thought it was possible for somebody in this great band to have such a bad attitude towards his bandmates! We are also angry that we have bought the shit for so long. Been fucked over so much, so many times since the reunion 2002. It's really shameful! It only took a couple of gigs to understand that Messiah wasn't back to make friends, so we have fought hard to keep this together for you - our fans. It's been a rough ride, but when you stand in front of 200 or 2000 or even 20 000 screaming fans it's worth all trouble.
And yes, it was close that last album didn't include Messiah, but we made it happen because we love this music and we love that you guys love us!! But it was the last album with Messiah Marcolin on vocals. We can't deal with the big man anymore. Sorry!! We tried to reason with him before the recording of the new one but Messiah's behaviour was beyond the acceptable. Mr. Marcolin has been too much to take and the reasons behind his departure from Candlemass are not very flattering for him. No details, sorry....too embarrassing.
On the positive side (there is one!), this can make the band stronger and lead to something better. We don't stand and fall with Messiah Marcolin. We will look hard for a worthy replacement because we got a superb album recorded already. With the right voice it will kill!! We hope for a new start with Candlemass, a band we love way too much to ditch because of one rotten apple!"