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Candlemass

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Band Photo: Candlemass (?)

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 Covers Classic Trouble Song

Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass has released a cover of the Trouble classic, "The Tempter," as a way of paying tribute to Trouble's late vocalist Eric Wagner. You can check it out below.

Candlemass: ""Here's our homage to our friend and hero, Eric Wagner (Trouble, The Skull) who sadly died some time ago, way too soon! This is for you Eric, R.I.P."

Wagner passed away in August, after battling the COVID-19 virus. He was sixty two years old. More...

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Candlemass Announces Three U.S. Shows

Swedish Grammis award-winning/US Grammy-nominated doom metal legends, Candlemass, will officially hit American shores in 2022. The band will perform at the Sold Out Hell’s Heroes Festival in Houston, TX on April 22, bookended by two other performances featuring support from special guests The Skull and Frayle.

See below for all tour dates and grab tickets when the go on sale this Friday, June 25 at 10 AM, EDT.

Mats Björkman of Candlemass says: “We are really pleased to finally get back to the US of A. Our fans have been waiting and have asked for shows for some years now, and with these three shows we are starting up again in North America. There will eventually be more shows - but that’s still in the works and will not be immediately happening, so come and see us in April if you can make it."

The tour dates are as follows:

April 20 - Boston, MA - The Middle East
April 22 - Houston, TX - Hell's Heroes Festival (Sold Out) *
April 24 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall

* - without The Skull and Frayle

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Candlemass Premiere New Single & Lyric Video

Candlemass premiere their new official music video for their single “Porcelain Skull“. The track can be found on their impending new EP, “The Pendulum“, out in stores March 27th. That outing consists of several previously unreleased b-side tracks recorded during the sessions for the group’s latest full-length, “The Door To Doom“.


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Candlemass To Release New EP

Grammy-nominated classic doom icons, Candlemass, don't even need to drop a full-length for every release to prove they belong at the top of an entire genre and beyond. Fully comprised of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the "The Door To Doom" recording sessions, the band has just announced the release of a masterful new EP, "The Pendulum," due out March 27 via Napalm Records.

"The Pendulum" perfectly showcases that these timeless Swedish pioneers are the undisputed kings of epic doom. The fully-mastered opener/title track "The Pendulum" charges in with a melodic, head-swinging, thrashy rush - setting the stage for the raw, unfiltered steamrolling demo cuts to follow. Listen to the track’s unadulterated doom heaviness and watch a brand new lyric video for "The Pendulum" below.

Says band mastermind Leif Edling: "The Pendulum' is about hard riffing, epic choruses and total delusion the fanatical way. It is in fact the last thing I wrote for 'The Door To Doom' album but didn't have the time to finish it. Here it is in its grand/mad luster with a great mix by Niklas Flyckt, and produced by Marcus Jidell. It is followed by 5 unreleased demos from the DTD sessions because the whole sha-bang was at first supposed to be a double effort but got trimmed down to a single album eventually.

"I love 'The Pendulum' track, album quality if you ask me, and songs like 'Porcelain Skull' and 'Snakes Of Goliath' are not bad either. They just didn't make it to the final thing. So I hope you like this EP that features the "missing" songs. The last pieces of the puzzle of the 1 year recording that became the album The Door To Doom. Enjoy."

This six track EP leads the listener through a maze of frenzied riffing, accented by Johan Langquist's distinctive vocals and the unique, melancholy sound that has proven Candlemass to be a heavy metal staple. The Pendulum is a must-have for every classic doom record collection, and will stave off the hunger for more until the band's next full-length hits. More...

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Seven More Names Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced a further seven names for the event, which will be setting sail in less than a week. Joining the already impressive roster are death metal pioneers Possessed, along with traditional metal outfit Striker, groove metal outfit Once Human featuring former Machine Head and Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader, jazz fusion metal combo Without Waves, Boston power metal ensemble FirstBourne, Colombian death metal group No Raza and Belgian thrash/metalcore band Spoil Engine. This brings the number of bands up to fifty seven, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Brujeria
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
FirstBourne
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
No Raza
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Once Human
Origin
Orphaned Land
Possessed
Ross The Boss
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Spoil Engine
Stam1na
Striker
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Toxik
Trollfest
Venom
Vio-Lence
Whiplash
Without Waves
Wintersun

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Five More Bands Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The lineup for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise draws ever closer to completion with the announcement of four more acts for the floating festival. Joining the already stacked lineup are two American thrash metal veterans, Toxik and the recently reunited Vio-Lence, the Mexican cartel of deathgrind Brujeria will also be dealing some brutality, while former Manowar guitarist Ross The Boss will also be on board, along with Canadian metal outfit, Aeternam. This brings the number of bands up to fifty, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aeternam
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Brujeria
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Ross The Boss
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Toxik
Trollfest
Venom
Vio-Lence
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Exodus And Seven Witches Confirmed For 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced the addition of thrash metal legends Exodus and power metal veterans Seven Witches. This brings the number of bands up to forty five, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Exodus
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Seven Witches
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Trollfest
Venom
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Seven More Bands Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have confirmed a further seven bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining the already impressive lineup are The Faceless, Whiplash, Incantation, Havok, Edenbridge, November's Doom and Ghost Ship Octavius. This brings the number of bands up to forty three, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Edenbridge
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Ghost Ship Octavius
Grave Digger
Haggard
Havok
Ihsahn
Incantation
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
November's Doom
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
The Faceless
Trollfest
Venom
Whiplash
Wintersun

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Candlemass Speaks On Being Nominated For Grammy

Candlemass are truly the manifestation of pure doom metal. Early 2019 saw the release of their latest album, "The Door To Doom," via Napalm Records - an offering that features an unforgettable pairing with legendary Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi on the track “Astorolus - The Great Octopus”. The song has now been nominated for a 2020 Grammy Award in the “Best Metal Performance” category. This is the first nomination for the band and the first nomination for Napalm Records.

The Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on January 26 and broadcast on CBS. More...

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Atheist Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

American progressive metal veterans Atheist are the latest band to be confirmed for the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise next year. This brings the number of bands up to thirty six, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Atheist
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Three More Acts Added To 70000 Tons Of Metal

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise has announced a further three bands for next year's edition of the event. Joining the ranks will be Israeli veterans Orphaned Land, Dutch symphonic black metal outfit Carach Angren and deathgrind favourites Cattle Decapitation. This brings the number of bands up to thirty five, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Carach Angren
Cattle Decapitation
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Orphaned Land
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Suffocation Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

New York death metal titans Suffocation are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise in January. This brings the number of bands up to thirty one, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
Suffocation
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Bloodbound Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Swedish power metal outfit Bloodbound are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the number of bands up to thirty one, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Bloodbound
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Stam1na And Finntroll Confirmed For 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have confirmed another two bands from Finland will be joining the event next year. Now among the ranks are folk metal favourites Finntroll and heavy metal veterans Stam1na. This brings the number of bands up to thirty, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Finntroll
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Stam1na
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Omnium Gatherum Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Finnish melodic death metal outfit Omnium Gatherum has been announced as the latest confirmation for the 2020 edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the number of bands up to twenty eight, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Omnium Gatherum
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Axxis Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

German power metal veterans Axxis are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the number of bands up to twenty six, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Axxis
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Ihsahn Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

In addition to performing two sets with black metal legends Emperor on board the cruise, the band's frontman Ihsahn will also be performing with his solo project at the 70000 Tons Of Metal event, the organisers have confirmed. This brings the number of bands up to twenty six, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Ihsahn
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
The Agonist
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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The Agonist Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Canadian metal outfit The Agonist are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the number of bands up to twenty five, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Michael Schenker Fest Confirmed For 70000 Tons

The organisers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced that legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker and his band Michael Schenker Fest will be on board next year's edition of the cruise. Both sets are promised to be unique and will see Schenker joined by the following musicians:

Gary Barden (Vocals)
Robin McAuley (Vocals)
Doogie White (Vocals)
Chris Glen (Bass)
Steve Mann (2nd Guitar / Keyboards)
Bodo Schopf (Drums)

This brings the number of bands up to twenty four, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Michael Schenker Fest
Moonsorrow
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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Soen Confirmed For 70000 Tons Of Metal

Swedish progressive metal supergroup Soen, which includes former Opeth and Amon Amarth drummer Martin Lopez, are the latest band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. This brings the number of bands up to twenty three, with sixty in total to perform. The ship will set sail to Cozumel, Mexico on January 7th and return to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 11th.

The lineup is now as follows:

Aborted
Aether Realm
Archon Angel
At The Gates
Candlemass
Cruachan
Devin Townsend
Einherjer
Emperor
Epica
Flotsam And Jetsam
Grave Digger
Haggard
Kampfar
Kissin' Dynamite
Leaves Eyes
Moonsorrow
Origin
Soen
Sortilège
Trollfest
Venom
Wintersun

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