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Candlemass

Sweden's Candlemass helped reintroduce the lumbering power chords of Black Sabbath to an entire generation of post-New Wave of British Heavy Metal and post-thrash metalheads, almost single-handedly writing the handbook for the modern doom metal movement in the process. After the breakup of his first band, Nemesis, in 1985, bassist Leif Edling founded Candlemass with vocalist Johan Lanquist, guitarist Mats Bjorkman, and drummer Matz Ekstroem. Their watershed debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, was released the following year, and though it immediately secured their standing within metal circles, it was only with the arrival of new vocalist Messiah Marcolin for 1987's Nightfall that the band found its true voice -- quite literally -- as the singer's vibrato-laden operatic tone remains completely original to this day. The album, which also saw the arrival of lead guitarist Lars Johansson and new drummer Jan Lindh, combined massive riffs and dark melodies into songs of epic proportions, which were made even more dramatic by Marcolin's religious lyrics and monk's habit stage costume. Candlemass repeated this formula with less inspired results on the ensuing albums Ancient Dreams (1988) and Tales of Creation (1989), each of which also saw a noticeable improvement in the production department. The appropriately titled Live closed the golden era of their career with Marcolin departing to form his own band, Memento Mori.

Singer Tomas Vikstrom was drafted as his replacement for 1992's Chapter VI (featuring a more conventional metal sound), but the band's popularity was in swift decline and Edling decided to disband soon thereafter. He formed a new group with decidedly Euro-metal leanings called Abstrakt Algebra in 1994, but after only two albums, he decided to resurrect Candlemass once again. The avant-garde metal of 1998's Dactylis Glomerata bore little resemblance to Candlemass' doom metal past, featuring Edling along with vocalist Björn Fklodkvist, guitarist Mike Amott, keyboard player Carl Westholm, and drummer Jejo Perkovic. Further lineup changes would occur, with guitarist Mats Stahl replacing Amott prior to the release of 1999's From the 13th Sun. Several years later, the classic lineup reconvened and released a self-titled 2005 album, followed by Lucifer Rising in 2008. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia, Rovi
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brain surgery has got to be next
I have to say their first album is my favorite
These guys are f**king awesome. I love Ozzy, Rob Halford, and Dio, and now i love these guys
NIGHTFALL IS CLASSIC, EPIC, STILL HOLDS UP TO THIS DAY.
now go kill yourself
emo is as i lay dying,killsw i t c h engage,its young bucks calling it emo, cause they don't know any better,Doom, P r o g r e s s i v e , a n d Sludge is the best metal. Now Metalcore is emo,Hardcore just is not metal at all
Doom metal's sorrow comes from things typically beyond one's control: emo music whines about everything
lol emo? really sorry Candlemass doesn't cut themselves and whine about thier girlfriends leaving them
Effing Candlemass effing kills.
doom lyrics > emo lyrics
anyone know if there's going to be a new album out soon?
Emo?How are they emo?Am i missing something? anyways, Candlemass rocks.
good for you willie....lo v e Candlemass
I'm sorry but I'm having a hard time taking this song seriously due to a certain cult Nickelodeon cartoon. Still loving it though.
Emo? Wha? ... but... how...
nevermind, good less intense but still awsome metal band.
o.k. all you f**ots who say this is emo music need to kill yourself. what! just becuase he sings clean it means he is f**king emo? he is by far more talented than any death/black/ o r thrash metal singer. i am just saying that becuase i guess i am maturing as far as being a metalhead goes. i mean, i have listen to THE most brutal music on the planet. i mean, it was o.k. for a while, but i just don.t look for that anymore. it bores me. and i don't want to hear about how wrong i am, i don't care.
BOOOOOOOOOOO O O O ! Not good.
Needs to be EQ'd a bit. Dark as HELL!! Love it.!
LOL
randy.schrei b e r
Dude, what? Emo? Ravens and Crows? This isn't trite teenage radio-metal, it's doom.
godfathers of doom, not the same or even close without messiah
I want to get Death Magic Doom, but I has nose moneys. lolz I like that Album title. Great band, nice change of pace(slower) and vocals(clean e r ) for me, but still definately metal, and still powerful. Great band. They would be though, they're from Sweden, guarenteed to be a good Metal band.
Candlemass beats a**!!
randy.schrei b e r
"I like this band. They are freaky but they can play. Are these guys considered black metal? If they are then I will hate them and post endlessly about how crappy they are."

You're joking, right? Did you even read the bio? Their doom, but if they were black metal, you'd still be allowed to like them, it's cool man...
great band, they do remind me of sabbath, as they have a similarly dark atmosphere to their sound, but they are more classically influenced while sabbath is more blues influenced (or at least Ozzy sabbath). I lust listened to them for the first time yesterday and Im already hooked. epic doom metal is F*cking awesome.
i remember hearing candlemass for the first time at sdsu around '90. skuze. keg parties and metal was normal.
Nightfall is one of the greatest albums of all time. The lyrics and music are amazing. Equally as good (and missing from this list) is the runner up to the aforemention e d ; titled Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. A Gem.
The third album was pretty good.
Then their pact with the Devil must have ran out, cause they sucked big time!
Marcollin left, and now they are laughable at best.
Maybe that willow guy is busy saving Pandorians from going deaf? I tell you what though. I like this band. They are freaky but they can play. Are these guys considered black metal? If they are then I will hate them and post endlessly about how crappy they are. I only ask because I dont know what these guys are saying.
Black Dwarf? Tsk,Tsk! They prefer to be called "African American" Dwarves here in the U.S.
Love this band
mjb49
Doom metal at its best!
Black Dwarf...Cool Circus imagery in the lyrics! "Freak show from outer Hell..." Brutal.
I dunno if I would compare these guys to Sabbath, but they have a grinding guitar and base sound. I like it.
mehhhhhh... 2/10
Black Dwarf RULES!!! Makes me think of that actor from Elf or Little Man dressed up in a gimp suit totally rocking out while some buxom bondage girl plays witch.
Cool!
Z1

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