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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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  • HistoryOvHell

    http://www.last.fm/group/Metal+elite join

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  • Elaneandrade

    A única de Doom, ou das poucas que não tenta tocar igual ao black sabbath.

    5 May 11:40pm Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the really genious album! [2] How I miss Johan's epic voice

    28 Apr 4:52pm Reply
  • deathfancy

    Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the really genious album!

    23 Apr 2:26pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Candlemass

    21 Apr 6:07pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    (Though Levén performed very well on the Abstrakt Algebra album)

    18 Apr 6:27pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    @Meloku666 I too love Lowe's very much, especially the first album with him was marvelous.I do prefer him though in Solitude Aeturnus. Pretty all their vocalists I like, though not too fond of Mats Levén, think he misses a bit grit and darkness in his voice... and maybe even power. Messiah is great, just hard to listen to him, for an entire album straight. I am very fond of the Chapter VI album with Thomas Vikström on vocals.

    18 Apr 6:18pm Reply
  • necrofabula

    v I don't. They've had plenty of line-up changes as it is, and they have a very strong discography. Eleven albums is enough!

    12 Mar 12:49pm Reply
  • Elowson

    I really hope they change their minds about not putting out new material

    14 Feb 8:53pm Reply
  • Neuralblastoma

    messiah marcolin <3 u 5ever

    13 Feb 5:45pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    lastfm thinks Candlemass is an up and coming artist =D

    24 Jan 11:32pm Reply
  • Glauco_Silva

    PLEASE LET ME DIE IN SOLITUDE [16]

    6 Jan 8:28pm Reply
  • Phil_PorcoDio

    The video to Bewitched is hilarious! HAHAHA! :D

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Darknessbg

    @Meloku666 probably yes

    10 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Kristina_6

    "You are BEWITCHED!"... Just can't get it out of my mind.)

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Meloku666

    Candlemass really catch me up when they brought Robert Lowe to do the vocals. Last 3 albums are pretty good, specially "Psalms for the Dead". Am I the only one who prefers Lowe over than Messiah??

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    Simply one of the finest metal bands of all time.

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Ilya_Zelentsov

    I think that Johan Langqvist is Better then Messiah. And EDM is the best their album.

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • DrStrangeIove

    Do someone know similliar vocalists like messiah in the metal genre? Never found a band which has a singer like messiah ;/

    4 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Voloscire

    YOU ARE BEWIIIIIIIHIIIIIIIIITCHED!

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
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