Feb 24, 2012

Leif Edling: CANDLEMASS Are Not Splitting Up ...

Despite the fact that legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have just completed work on their final studio album, the band's bassist/leader Leif Edling tells Terrorizer magazine that the group is not planning on hanging it up anytime soon.

"We're not splitting up," he said. "Yes, this is to be our last album, but we don't plan to disappear from the scene for quite awhile. We will tour this year, hopefully the next one as well, and then there's our upcoming 30th anniversary. So plenty more doom to come! It's just that we want to stop before we get too old and start putting out half-lame albums. Instead, we'll slowly fade away into the sunset with our dignity intact. We're not young anymore. Actually, some of the stuff I've been writing for this album ism in fact, about saying goodbye. It's a bit psalm-like in parts and has got a big epic vibe."

He added, "I have got a very good feeling about this album. It's so metal, so heavy, so doomy, so epic.. It's fucking colossal! I think this will turn out as good as [2009's] 'Death Magic Doom', something I thought would be impossible."

CANDLEMASS's final CD is tentatively due in April via Napalm Records. Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "Prophet", "Sadness Run Deep" and "Water Witch".

CANDLEMASS celebrated its 25-year anniversary by performing an extra-long, two-and-a-half-hour set at Debaser Medis in Stockholm on December 18, 2010. The band's classic debut album, "Epicus Doomicus Metalicus", was played in its entirety for the first time with the original singer Johan Längqvist.

CANDLEMASS released a new DVD, "Ashes To Ashes - Live", in North America on June 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records (April 23, 2010 in Europe). The set contains footage of the band's performance at Sweden Rock Festival in front of 30,000 people as well as CANDLEMASS' entire October 2009 concert in Athens, Greece. It also includes a 30-minute interview and two photo galleries. The DVD was released as a CD+DVD, with the Sweden Rock show as the audio CD.

"Death Magic Doom", the latest album from CANDLEMASS, debuted at No. 79 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"Death Magic Doom" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 52. The group's previous CD, "King of the Grey Islands", debuted at No. 83 back in June 2007.


  1. It'd better be better than their last album. A lot better. Also they've just turned into an expensive cover band, like DRI and all the others who still play but don't put new material out. Lame. At least we're getting one last album. :l:

  2. King of the Grey Islands was a killer album. I suggest you ban Anonymous comments, I just read the High on Fire one and now this. This guy is a troll. :g:

  3. He is walking on thin ice. I get complaints all the time about his comments, they just nearly always negative but you know, freedom of speech and all that..:d:

  4. "Also they've just turned into an expensive cover band, like DRI and all the others who still play but don't put new material out."

    Anonymous, a lot of bands like DRI don't put out new stuff because nobody wants CD's anymore. DRI still make new music available at their shows. Do the research in the future.

  5. -Francis- They haven't put anything out in years. My research is sound. Perhaps you should take your own advice before opening your mouth.

    -Bob- King of the Grey Islands was awesome. The stupidly named Death Magic Doom sucked. Also, High on Fire suck. Nothing trollish about it. Develop better taste in music.

  6. :K: Francis, I think you got DRI mixed with another old hardcore band that still releases stuff but for fans only, at gigs. DRI haven't released anything in a long-time but to be fair, Spike Cassidy has cancer so they have good reason not to so they are the wrong band to pick on.

    PS: I like High on Fire so the haters can go to hell. They are a band that people love to hate, fu*k knows why really. There are far worse bands around.

  7. Yeah the last I heard the line-up for DRI right now is just a touring band. Could be wrong but they are hoping Spike can get well enough before they record again. Don't quote me on that though.


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