The Bloodstock team are pleased to announce that Swedish doom titans CANDLEMASS have been added to the bill for BOA 2009.
Candlemass were formed in Stockholm in 1985 by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling. The bandâ€™s first album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus appeared the following year and immediately established them in underground circles. However, it was to be their second and some say greatest album, 1987â€™s Nightfall, which would bring them international recognition. Nightfallâ€™s fusion of Black Sabbath-style riffs and epic orchestral atmospheres met with rave reviews worldwide and in vocalist Messiah Marcolin â€“ who took over from Johan LÃ¤ngqvist â€“ Candlemass had a frontman of great presence and a highly memorable voice.
Marcolin fronted the band during their most successful years, departing in 1990 following the release of Ancient Dreams, Tales Of Creation and Live. 1992â€™s Chapter VI â€“ featuring Thomas VikstrÃ¶m on vocals â€“ was a relative failure and the band split soon afterwards. A version of Candlemass featuring Edling and a series of session musicians recorded Dactylis Glomerata and From The 13th Sun in â€™98 and â€™99 but although both bore the Candlemass name, the music was only partly in the vein of the bandâ€™s signature sound.
The popular 1980s line-up including Messiah Marcolin finally reunited in 2002 for a tour that was so well-received that it resulted in the band releasing a live album and heading into the studio to record 2005â€™s Candlemass, a full-on return to their original style. Unfortunately, internal tensions once again led to the departure of Marcolin who was replaced by Rob Lowe of US doom metallers Solitude Aeturnus in a surprising but successful move. 2007â€™s King Of The Grey Islands proved the strength of the latest line-up who have just issued an EP entitled Lucifer Rising. A new full-length album is expected next year.
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Heavier than a woolly mammoth and twice as ugly, Candlemassâ€™ Bloodstock debut will be a crushing doomfeast like no other!
CANDLEMASS â€“ Doom Or Be Doomed - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2009.