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Candlemass are a Swedishmarker doom metal band established in the 1980s by Leif Edling (bass), their leader and songwriter. The band is originally from Stockholmmarker. After releasing five full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Candlemass disbanded in 1993, but decided to reform four years later. The band continues to record and perform today.


Formation and early career (1985–1990)

After the breakup of his first band Nemesis in 1985, bassist Leif Edling started his own band under the name Candlemass with vocalist Johan Längqvist, guitarist Mats Mappe Bjorkman, and drummer Matz Ekström. Their first release, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986), immediately secured their standing, positioning the band within metal circles, setting a milestone in the doom metal scene. Längqvist only recorded that one album with Candlemass, however. His successor as frontman, Messiah Marcolin, joined the band for their second effort, Nightfall, in 1987. Two other new members appeared on this album: lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh.

Candlemass's next two albums were Ancient Dreams (1988) and Tales of Creation (1989). The latter album is distinguished from previous releases by adding some musical patterns speeding up the tempo (which is usually associated with progressive metal) into the band's original sound. In 1990, the band released a live album. Shortly afterward, a dispute between the band members resulted in Messiah Marcolin's departure.

New singer-era, hiatus and first reunion (1991–2003)

After Marcolin left, Candlemass recruited vocalist Thomas Vikström and recorded Chapter VI (1992). Candlemass then disbanded in 1993, partly because the album was unsuccessful and partially because 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 Abstrakt Algebra CD and some new material. A couple of years later the album From the 13th Sun was released.

In 2002, the members of a past Candlemass line-up reunited. 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 was released as well. The band was working on a new album and recorded some new songs while searching for a record label when differences arose again, resulting in Candlemass disbanding a second time. In the meantime, Leif Edling started a new project, Krux, with former Abstrakt Algebra singer Mats Leven and two members of Entombed.

Second reunion (2004–present)

In November 2004, the band announced that they had re-united for the second time. They had recorded a new album, named simply Candlemass, with the same line-up. It was released in May 2005. They won a Swedish Grammy for it in 2005.

In 2006 the band announced that a new album was in preparation, to be released sometime in 2007. In October 2006, after much uncertainty regarding Messiah Marcolin's participation, it was settled that Messiah was out for good. The band then found a new vocalist, Robert Lowe (Solitude Aeturnus), who recorded with the band's new album King of the Grey Islands, which was released on June 22, 2007.The new album is self-produced except for four songs produced by Andy Sneap.

On March 31, 2007, Candlemass celebrated a slightly delayed twentieth anniversary. To commemorate the celebration, original singer Johan Längqvist's appearance live with the band for the first time. The event was recorded and later released as a DVD.

Mats "Mappe" Bjorkman was sentenced to serve two years behind bars for grand theft in March 2008. He has been convicted of stealing over 35,000 CDs and DVDs priced at around 3 million Sek (Around $500,000).

Candlemass worked on a full-length album in 2008. It was intended to be Hammer of Doom, but they renamed it to Death Magic Doom because a german festival is named with that name. The album was scheduled to be released on March 27, 2009, but it was delayed until April the 3rd 2009.

Band Members

  • Robert Lowe – lead vocals (2006–present)
  • Lars Johansson – lead guitars (1987–1993, 2002, 2004–present)
  • Mats "Mappe" Björkman – rhythm guitars (1985–1993, 2002, 2004–present)
  • Leif Edling – bass (1985–1993, 1997–2002, 2004–present)
  • Jan Lindh – drums, percussion (1987–1993, 2002, 2004–present)
  • Johan Längqvist – lead vocals (1985–1986)
  • Matz Ekström – drums, percussion (1985–1986)
  • Thomas Vikström – lead vocals (1991–1993)
  • Björn Flodkvist – lead vocals (1997–2001)
  • Jejo Perkovic – drums, percussion (1997–2001)
  • Mats Ståhl – rhythm guitars (1999–2001)
  • Messiah Marcolin – lead vocals (1987–1991, 2002, 2004–2006)
  • Klas Bergwall – lead guitars (1986)
  • Mike Wead – lead guitars (1987)
  • Ian Haugland – drums, percussion (1997)
  • Ulf Edelund – lead guitars (1997)
  • Patrik Instedt – lead guitars (1997)
  • Carl Westholm – keyboards (1997–1998, 1999)
  • Michael Amott – lead guitars (1997–1998)


Studio albums
Live albums
  • 1990: Live
  • 2002: Doomed For Live - Reunion 2002
EPs & singles
  • 1988: Samarithan
  • 1988: At the Gallows End
  • 1993: Sjunger Sigge Fürst
  • 2001: Nimis
  • 2005: At the Gallows End/Samarithan
  • 2005: Dark Reflections/Into The Unfathomed Tower
  • 2005: Mirror Mirror/The Bells Of Acheron
  • 2005: Solitude Crystal Ball
  • 2005: Assassin of the Light
  • 2007: Black Dwarf (with Robert Lowe on vocals)
  • 2008: Lucifer Rising
  • 1994: As It Is, As It Was
  • 2002: Black Heart of Candlemass
  • 2003: Diamonds of Doom (limited vinyl record)
  • 2004: Essential Doom
  • 2008: Dactylis Glomerata & Abstrakt Algebra II (previously unreleased album)
  • 2002: Documents of Doom
  • 2005: The Curse of Candlemass
  • 2007: Candlemass 20 Year Anniversary
  • 1984: Witchcraft
  • 1984: Second demo
  • 1985: Tales of Creation
  • 1987: Demo with Marcolin


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