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Stockholm, Sweden (1984 – 1992, 1997 – 2002, 2005 – present)

Candlemass is an band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984. Candlemass arose from the earlier Nemesis outfit belonging to bassist Leif Edling and guitarist Christian Weberyd. Prior to the dissolvement of the group, Nemesis had released the highly praised ‘Day Of Retribution’ album in 1984. Debuting Candlemass on the tape trading circuit with the four song ‘Witchcraft’ demo in 1984, featuring a line-up of Edling, Weberyd and drummer Mats Ekström, and a second demo that November, the band promptly signed to the French Black Dragon label. Having added former A.T.C. guitarist Mats Björkman (a.k.a. ‘Mappe’) the band began recording what would become the ‘Epicus, Doomicus, Metallicus’ debut at Thunderload Studios with Ragne Wahlquist, frontman for Heavy Load, manning the desk.

During the recording of the album Christian Weberyd opted to leave and by the time it was released the group’s newly acquired vocalist, Johan Lanquist, a former member of Jonah Quizz, and drummer Mats Ekström, had also departed. Still, the album, emerging in June 1986, considerably raised the band’s profile and impressed many critics with a penchant for specialising in grandiose, Doom laden Metal dirges that, at times, were hideously depressing but always exceptionally heavy. With Doom being scarce on the Metal landscape in 1986 many reviewers simply tagged the band as BLACK SABBATH clones but record buyers soon put this assumptions aside, recognising the band as an original force.


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  • Reflechissant

    PLEASE LET ME DIE IN SOLITUDE [11] haha yeah

    16 Jul 8:56pm Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    if you feel that way it's definitely because of johan's vocals, epecially the vocal melodies. at least, it's like that for me. I don't think candlemass' other stuff is boring though.

    14 Jul 8:29pm Reply
  • Reflechissant

    It's weird but I think Epicus Doomicus is one of the greatest metal albums ever while other stuff by Candlemass is rather boring.

    11 Jul 5:38pm Reply
  • Zinchism

    Messiah or bust.

    10 Jul 10:12pm Reply
  • shitscud

    Messiah can eat my asshole.

    5 Jun 4:51pm Reply
  • rorberyllium

    Fucking amazing set at Deathfest.

    26 May 1:59pm Reply
  • MaxZombie

    Messiah Marcolin: The Monk of Doom!

    21 May 5:05pm Reply
  • Andre_L-

    "The sun and the moon and the stars; If someone could tell who you are; But the seasons fled; And the Blackbirds dead; All the doubts will stay; Right by my side; In flood and tide Dust soaks my eyes; My love is denied"

    9 May 7:35pm Reply
  • Angry007Jew

    23 Apr 4:22am Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    V Lol (Y)!

    16 Apr 4:21pm Reply
  • Caviaris

    PLEASE LET ME DIE IN good companionship

    14 Apr 12:58pm Reply
  • Infernal__Sova

    Sochny Kalomass.

    27 Mar 10:26pm Reply
  • SonicX

    Last week's top tracks - three words: WHAT. THE. FUCK?!

    25 Mar 1:21pm Reply
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  • AlexanderDreams

    Три альбома 90-х годов в рот ебал

    9 Mar 8:38am Reply
  • Metalhead_99

    Messiah Marcolin's voice is so fantastic!

    6 Mar 8:12pm Reply
  • Nekrovoor


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  • Rosenvamp

    gonna miss these guys so much

    28 Feb 9:47pm Reply
  • agentof_chaos


    27 Feb 11:41pm Reply
  • starbearer-

    Easily one of the most underrated bands of all time in the Metal scene. So many SOLID albums. Lets face it... a LOT of metal bands put out a couple decent albums but then things just get stale... and sometimes there's just albums after that that have a couple of good songs mixed in with mediocrity. Candlemass is an exception when it comes to this. Also... some of the most tasteful guitar solo work... so many metal guitarists are just jerking off without any REAL consideration on how the solo fits into the song. These guys have always been good at marrying fantastic chops with tasteful composition.

    22 Feb 7:46pm Reply
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