Swedish metal legends Candlemass performed last night at The Regent Theater in Los Angeles. The band is back to celebrate 30 years of doom with a brand new EP. Four studio tracks featuring Mats Levén on vocals are being recorded during September/October for a special anniversary release early next year on Napalm Records.
CANDLEMASS has also announced that Levén, who’s a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent singer for the Swedish doom metal squad. Also, Per Wiberg is today an essential part of CANDLEMASS’s touring lineup on keyboards and filling in for bassist Leif Edling until he’s back in shape again.
“The live shows we’ve done after ‘Psalms For The Dead’ (2012) have been fantastic,” says CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats “Mappe” Björkman. “Mats has done a great job fronting CANDLEMASS and I don’t think we’ve ever been this good on stage before! Wacken, Bang Your Head!!!, Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Metal Days, Metallsvenskan, Maryland Death Fest… We have conquered them all.”
“Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” was released last year in October. The album is filled with cool photos, old articles, a very special audio surprise, merchandise etc.
CANDLEMASS is currently working on an anniversary box set together with Peaceville Records. The set will include the band’s legendary breakthrough show at the Dynamo festival in 1988 on DVD and some rare rehearsal stuff from the “Epicus” days. In the box, there will also be a 72-page book about the doom maestros.
Leif Edling is slowly getting better from his chronic fatigue syndrome, and will participate in the EP recordings. Next year you can expect some very cool anniversary shows with Leif back on stage.
Candlemass is currently finishing up a couple more dates in the United States where they will finish their North American tour at ‘Maryland Deathfest’ on May 28.
Nightfall – Picture Disc Vinyl
Marking 30 years since its original release comes one of the all-time classic Metal albums on a limited picture disc format.
Nightfall was the second Candlemass studio album from 1987. Alongside first album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Nightfall was instrumental in shaping the Doom Metal scene; a scene in which Candlemass is still a central pillar of.
Nightfall is frequently regarded as the definitive Candlemass album, and the pinnacle of Epic Doom.
This limited picture disc edition of Nightfall features the album’s iconic artwork and is presented in a special cut-out sleeve.
Pre-order here for 12th May release.
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Candlemass is a Swedish seminal Doom metal band established in the 1980s by Leif Edling (bass), its leader and songwriter. The band is originally from Stockholm.
After Leif Edling dissolved the band Nemesis, he started his own band under the name Candlemass (a possibly deliberate misspelling of Candlemas). The first Candlemass album was Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, released in 1986 and now considered a milestone in the Doom metal scene. Read more on Last.fm