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
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.
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:
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."
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.
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!!”
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 email@example.com.
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.
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."
Finnish doomsters have issued the following update:
Last Sunday (3.10.2004) we recorded the vocals for the cover song. The song is 'Solitude' by Candlemass, and it features Albert of Reverend Bizarre on vocals. It was great working (and drinking) with him, and he did an excellent job with the vocals! The song will be released as a bonus track on the U.S. release of 'The Morning Never Came' and on a upcoming single from our second album.
Details on releasing and recording our next album and the single will be posted here later.
Swallow The Sun's debut album, "The Morning Never Came", was released in Europe last November. A North American/ Mexican release is expected through Century Media.
Swedish doom masters Candlemass have posted the following report from their Nov. 29 Stockholm gig with Ttouble and Force of Evil:
"Both Trouble and Force of Evil arrived to Stockholm on the Friday. Force of Evil got in late and chose to have an early night after some pasta, while Trouble and Candlemass had loads of garlic at the Olsson place and a couple of really healthy beers at Kelly's. One nice evening that improved vastly a bunch of hours later!! Assassination, annihilation, destruction, DOOOM!! More...