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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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  • Kristina_6

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

    19 Nov 5:51pm 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 5:35pm Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    Simply one of the finest metal bands of all time.

    13 Oct 4:12pm Reply
  • Ilya_Zelentsov

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

    9 Oct 7:59am 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 11:55pm Reply
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  • Metality

    Thanks for that, man! I guess that's all understandable, and sadly often how these things go.

    27 Sep 3:05pm Reply
  • bardofesgaroth

    @Metality "We’ve just slowed down a bit as we’ve gotten older. Everyone lives far apart, we all work full time jobs, kids, houses etc... Plus, it gets more difficult each time to make a great album. I’d rather do less records and make sure they are all 100% killers, rather than put out more records that are just re-hash of our previous work." is what John Perez said regarding the long periods between Solitude Aeturnus albums.

    27 Sep 1:20pm Reply
  • Metality

    A crying shame Robert Lowe couldn't be in the band longer. I guess there's always Solitude Aeturnus... except they haven't done shit in ages. But maybe that was because of his commitment to Candlemass.

    25 Sep 8:16pm Reply
  • KellemxD

    I will give you immortality and grace for your soul

    14 Sep 7:49am Reply
  • flaviovigatto


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  • WhiskeyPony


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  • KellemxD


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  • metalkillthekin


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  • Alfonso_Gatsu

    Epicus Doomicus and Nightfall are master pieces.

    8 Aug 2:07pm Reply
  • 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
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