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Band Photo: Candlemass (?)

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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More Destruction, Candlemass Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the upcoming "Hellhoundz Of Doom And Thrash" tour with double headliners Destruction and Candlemass. Tour dates are as follows:

With Deathchain and After All:

Nov. 08 Patteln, CH - Z7 (date changed)
Nov. 09 Ludwigburg, D - Rockfabrik (new date)
Nov. 10 Bochum, D - Zeche
Nov. 11 Aschaffenburg, D - Colos-Saal
Nov. 12 Berlin, D - Hof 23
Nov. 14 Helsinki, FIN - Nosturi
Nov. 15 Oulu, FIN - Teatria
Nov. 17 Oslo, N - Sentrum Scene
Nov. 18 Trondheim, F - Rosendal Scene
Nov. 19 Göteborg, S - Kren
Nov. 20 Malmö, S - KB
Nov. 21 Osnabrück, D - N8
Nov. 23 Antwerp, B - Hof Ter Lo

With Deathchain and Perzonal War: More...

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Destruction, Candlemass European Tour Announced

Destruction have announced a European tour with Candlemass. Here are the first confirmed dates:

10.11.05 Thu D Bochum @ Zeche

11.11.05 Fri D Münster-Breitefeld @Live Arena

12.11.05 Sat D Berlin @ Hof 23

14.11.05 Mon FIN Helsinki @ Nosturi

15.11.05 Tue FIN Oulu @ Teatria

17.11.05 Thu N Oslo @ Sentrum Scene

18.11.05 Fri N Trondheim @ Rosendal Scene

19.11.05 Sat S TBC

20.11.05 Sun S Malmö @ KB

21.11.05 Mon D Osnabrück @ N8

23.11.05 Wed B Antwerp Hof Ter Lo

24.11.05 Thu GB London @ Electric Ballroom

26.11.05 Sat NL Arnheim @ Metal Meeting

27.11.05 Sun D Ingolstadt @ Tonspur Unsernherrn (*** without CANDLEMASS !!!)

28.11.05 Mon I Milan @ Rainbow

29.11.05 Tue I Treviso @ New Age

30.11.05 Wed I Rome @ Alpheus

02.12.05 Fri GR Athen

03.12.05 Sat GR Thessaloniki

04.12.05 Sun TRK Istanbul @ Yeni Melek Gosteri Merkezi

05.12.05 Mon RUM Bukarest @ Polivalent Hall

06.12.05 Tue SRB Belgrade @ SKC (Studentski Kulturni Centar)

07.12.05 Wed KRO Zagreb @ Mochvara

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Candlemass Call Off Tour With Cathedral

The proposed European tour featuring reformed Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass alongside Cathedral and Grand Magus has been officially called off. "Unfortunately, it was rather clear we couldn't get the finances together so we had to say no to that one. Bummer!" stated Candlemass bassist Leif Edling. Read Edling's latest tour report, featuring entries on the band's recent appearances at the Göteborgskalaset and Wacken Open Air festivals, at Candlemass.se.

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Candlemass Posts Report On Bang Your Head Fest

Candlemass bassist/main songwriter Leif Edling has posted a report from the band's recent appearance at the Bang Your Head festival in Balingen, Germany on their official website:

Came to Stuttgart on the Friday. Unfortunately without my bass. Still in Amsterdam.......Great!!! KLM promised to deliver it to the hotel later the same evening so there was nothing to do. We drove to the hotel in Schönstadt, bassless, but with sill, schnaps, meatballs and salmon in the luggage. Midsummer must be celebrated!!
Messiahs father and mother joined us (they live in Salzburg) and we had a really nice evening on the hotel patio with great food and funny hats! Later we got to the festival to see Motörhead and Saxon. Must admit we had a rendez-vous with the bar instead.

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Candlemass Crack Swedish Top Ten

Candlesmass' brand-new self-titled album has entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 7. The CD also came in at No. 5 on the Sweden chart (featuring only Swedish artists) and at No. 1 on the Hard Rock/Metal chart.

In Germany, "Candlemass" reached #96 – the first time, the band ever entered the Top 100 there. Quite impressive for a doom band, huh?

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Candlemass Impress European Metal Mags Big Time

This reunion will go down in Doom Metal history: The new album by reactivated legends Candlemass won "Album Of The Month" at several big metal magazines in Europe.

The album - simply titled "Candlemass" - reached #1 at the monthly polls of

Metal Hammer/Germany
Rock Hard/Germany
Heavy, Oder Was?!/Germany
Sweden Rock Magazine/Sweden
Metal Heart/Germany
Rock Hard/France
Hard Rock/France (one of several 'Albums Of The Month')
Metal Hammer/Hungary
Metal Hammer/Greece

and #2 in Aardschok / Holland

Candlemass will be featured on the covers of:

Metal Heart/Germany
Heavy Oder Was!?/Germany
Metal Hammer/Italy
Hell Awaits/Spain
Zero Tolerance/ England

Watch out for "Candlemass" on May 2.

Upcoming Candlemass shows:

June 5 Iron Fest Tradate/Milan (Italy)
June 11 Sweden Rock Festival Sölvesborg (Swe)
June 24/25 Bang Your Head Balingen (Germany)
Aug 04 Wacken Festival (Germany)
Aug 26 Gorbunova Moscow (Russia)

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Video Interview With Candlemass Available Online

Nuclear Blast reports that France's VS-Webzine.com has uploaded a video interview with CANDLEMASS' singer Messiah Marcolin.

In the interview, Messiah talks about the group's reunion, their upcoming album and their new contract with Nuclear Blast. To download the video, go to this location.

Due on May 2nd via Nuclear Blast Records, Candlemass' new album, simply entitled Candlemass, was recorded in part at Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and is said to be musically similar to the group's classic Tales Of Creation and Nightfall albums. Click here to see the artwork for the new album.

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Candlemass Prepare New Album

Candlemass have announced plans to release a new album with Nuclear Blast Records on May 2nd. Here's a statement from the band:

"Time to tell you some more happy news after the fantastic revelation that Candlemass are back in the studio after all these years. After some time of negotiations it is Nuclear Blast that will release the new album this spring... Nuclear Blast is of course a major player on the metal market and a company that can take Candlemass even further up the ladder to mega stardom!!"

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Candlemass Confirmed For Wacken Open Air

Reunited Swedish doom legends Candlessmass have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 4-6 in Wacken.

The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: More...

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Candlemass Recordings Almost Complete

The recordings for the self-titled album by reunited Swedish doom legends Candlemass are almost finished, as main-man Leif Edling recently announced. "Messiah Marcolin just finished his vocal tracks, and I'm working with some keyboards right now." The mixing process was started Jan. 28th.

Recordings took place in Stockholm's famous Polar studios, which have been used by the likes of ABBA, Genesis and Led Zeppelin. Songtitles set to appear on the new CD — which is said to return stylistically to the group's classics "Tales of Creation" and "Nightfall" — include 'Black Dwarf', 'Witches' and 'Spellbreaker'.

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Candlemass To Play Inferno Festival

Doom veterans Candlemass are part of the bill at this year's Inferno Festival, set to be held March 24-26 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo. Candlemass will play the "Rockefeller" venue on Friday, March 25 as the headliner.

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Dream Theater Confirmed For Sweden Rock Festival

Sweden Rock Festival will take place on June 9 to 11, 2005 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The progressive metal band Dream Theater have just been confirmed for the festival. Other confirmed band are as follows:

Swedish bands: Morgana Lefay, Satanic Slauter, Symphorce, Crystal Eyes, Yngwie Malmsteen, Candlemass, Hammerfall, Therion, Hellfueled, Statetrooper, A.C.T, Thryfing

Foreign bands: Mötley Crüe (US), Accept (D), DIO (UK), Saxon (UK), Kansas (US), Styx (US), Blackfoot (US), Magnum (UK), Sebastian Bach (US), Helix (CAN), Vixen (US), Sonata Arctica (FIN), Robin Trower (US), Nazareth (UK), Shakra (CH), Force Of Evil (DK)

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Candlemass Sign With Nuclear Blast

Nuclear Blast is very proud to announce that the Swedish doomsquad Candlemass, featuring Leif Edling and Messia Marcolin, have signed a new deal with the label.

After their heroic return to several summer festivals in 2003, the band is more alive than ever. Although several rumours were spread about a split up, Candlemass were in fact working on a new piece of doom.

The new album will be released on May 2nd and marks a return towards the sound of such classic as “Nightfall” and “Tales of Creation.” It's name will just be "Candlemass."

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Morgana Lefay Confirmed For Bang Your Head 2005

Swedish metallers MORGANA LEFAY are the latest addition to the 2005 edition of the Bang Your Head festival (the 10th Anniversary edition) which is set to take place on June 24th and 25th in Balingen, Germany. Tickets are available at the ticket-hotline (+49-74 57-9 13 93) and via the homepage. Pre-sale cost of the tickets is 59 Euros (plus shipping). Organizers have "limited" tickets to 20, 000, to keep the one-stage event relaxed and somewhat intimate. More information can be found at Bang-Your-Head.de.

Acts currently confirmed for the festival now include:

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Candlemass Issue Studio Report

CANDLEMASS have posted the following studio report:

"Hello again fans of Doom!!

Things are now happening fast in the C-mass camp! Messiah, Leif, Lars, Jan and Mappe are in the studio right now to record a motherfucker of a record, the first one in 15 years!! Last time the classic line-up was in the studio together was for the "Tales of Creation" album, and from what I have heard so far, this one will be even better. This is classic Candlemass doing what they do best: Epic, Doom, Metal!!!

If you are curious how it goes....check out the studio report with Leifs personal notes and pictures. You find it on the main page."

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Big Names Confirmed For Bang Your Head Festival

Twisted Sister, Dio, Saxon and the re-united Candlemass are all booked to appear at next year's Bang Your Head festival, which happens at Balingen, Germany on 24/25. Also on the bill for the tenth anniversary of the festival are Doro, Sebastian Bach, Nevermore, Krokus, Gamma Ray, Axel Rudi Pell and Amon Amarth.

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Candlemass - Essential Doom Out Now

CANDLEMASS have posted the following update at their official website:

“For all of you who haven't got the originals, this is it! A one CD collection with all the doom classics -‘Bewitched’, ‘Well Of Souls’, ‘Crystal Ball’, ‘Solitude’, ‘Samarithan’ etc + the new demo track ‘Witches’, recorded 2003.

To make things even better an extra DVD is included here. 5 songs from last years Rock Hard Festival, in all over 30 minutes of exclusive Candlemass live material with great sound and picture.

OK, you get one more goodies... a double sided mini-poster from the early days when a pint still was one pound and an album called Nightfall saw the light of day.

Don't miss this great item!!”

The cover art for Essential Doom can be seen here. More...

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New Swedish Doom Fanzine

Emptiness is the name of a new upcoming Swedish Doom fanzine. It will cover everything from Candlemass, St.Vitus and Trouble to Skepticism, Khanate and Sunn O))).

Bands who want to be covered are encouraged to send promo material to ravenshaven56@hotmail.com.

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Candlemass Reunites, New Album Out Next Summer

After having disbanded just 6 months ago, Candlemass is back. Messiah, Leif, Jan, Lars and Mappe. The classic line-up refuse to die. The boys will enter the famous Stockholm Polar Studios Nov. 26, mix in January and bless us with an album in May sometime. Perfect for Candlemass 20 year anniversary.

According to what Leif said before, the band couldn’t agree on how to proceed after the reunion, so they decided it was best to put the beast of doom to sleep. It is always the best thing when five people want the same thing. And indeed, it looks like they’ve overcome the individual problems for a united effort to do something great.

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Candlemass Collection To Include Brand New Songs

GMR Music has set a November 22 release date for CANDLEMASS' "Essential Doom" CD, a posthumous collection of the group's best material plus their newly recorded and previously unreleased song "Witches". The album will come with a bonus DVD featuring video footage of the band's performance at the Rock Hard Festival in Germany in 2003.

"Witches" — one of two songs laid down during a quick demo session in August 2003 (the other being "Born In A Tank") — was "[written] in [the] true CANDLEMASS style," according to mainman Leif Edling, featuring "both heavy and hard passages, lots of negative riffing, melody and slow doomy choruses."

"Essential Doom" (view cover here) track listing: More...

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