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CANDLEMASS Announces March 2023 U.S. West Coast Tour

Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS have announced their first U.S. dates of 2023. The band will embark on a West Coast run in March in support of its latest album, "Sweet Evil Sun", which came out in November via Napalm Records. The week-long trek will kick off on March 10 in Seattle, Washi...
December 16, 2022
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KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, IRON MAIDEN And SLIPKNOT To Headline 2023 Edition Of France's HELLFEST

KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, IRON MAIDEN and SLIPKNOT will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Clisson, France. Also scheduled to appear are DEF LEPPARD, PANTERA, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES, PORCUPINE TREE, AMON AMARTH, ALTER BRIDGE and WITHIN TEMPTATION, among many others....
December 15, 2022
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CANDLEMASS's 'Sweet Evil Sun' Release Party In Stockholm Attended By Members Of GHOST, WATAIN, TIAMAT (Photos)

Members of GHOST, WATAIN and TIAMAT were among the guests who attended the release party for CANDLEMASS's new studio album, "Sweet Evil Sun", on November 16 at Bio Aspen in Stockholm, Sweden. CANDLEMASS also played a five-song set at the event, including the live debut of the LP's title track. Photo...
November 19, 2022
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LION'S SHARE Releases New Single And Video 'Run For Your Life'

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "Run For Your Life", available on streaming services and digital service providers. LION'S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss commented: "These heavy and doomy riffs are what's closest to my heart and what comes out most natural when I pick up a gu...
November 16, 2022
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Sweet Evil Sun

CANDLEMASS has been churning out its magnificent epic doom metal for 40 years, and unlike many old-timers content to milk the festival circuit exclusively based upon classic material, the Swedish act, on a creative level, remains relevant and vital. The unit wasn't overly prolific in the last decade...
November 15, 2022
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MATS BJÖRKMAN On 'Sweet Evil Sun': 'If You Don't Like This Album, You Don't Like CANDLEMASS'

By David E. Gehlke A Tony Iommi guest spot does not an album make, but it sure helps when getting some long-overdue recognition from the Recording Academy. Legendary Swedish doom metal pioneers CANDLEMASS earned a Grammy nomination for "Astorolus — The Great Octopus", a cut from their 2019 "The Door...
November 14, 2022
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CANDLEMASS's MATS BJÖRKMAN Says 'Door Is Open' For Future Guest Appearances From Ex-Singer MESSIAH MARCOLIN

Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin and longtime CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman joined Canadian metallers ANVIL on stage on October 27 at the Slaktkyrkan venue in Stockholm, Sweden, to perform the classic ANVIL song "Metal On Metal". Messiah told BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "It's the first t...
November 4, 2022
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Ex-CANDLEMASS Singer MESSIAH MARCOLIN And CANDLEMASS Guitarist MATS BJÖRKMAN Share Stage For First Time In 16 Years

Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin and longtime CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman joined Canadian metallers ANVIL on stage this past Thursday (October 27) at the Slaktkyrkan venue in Stockholm, Sweden to perform the classic ANVIL song "Metal On Metal". Fan-filmed video and photos of...
October 28, 2022
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Death, Where Is Your Sting?

After four acclaimed albums and nearly a decade of active service, the idea that AVATARIUM were ever just another side project for the endlessly prolific Leif Edling now seems ridiculous. If 2013's self-titled debut occasionally strayed a little too close to the CANDLEMASS mothership in terms of rif...
October 19, 2022
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CANDLEMASS Shares 'Sweet Evil Sun' Title Track

Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will release a new studio album, "Sweet Evil Sun", on November 18 via Napalm Records. The official music video for the LP's second single, the "Sweet Evil Sun" title track, can be seen below. "Sweet Evil Sun" kicks in with warning guitar feedback before sludging...
September 29, 2022
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CANDLEMASS Announces 'Sweet Evil Sun' Album, Shares 'Scandinavian Gods' Music Video

Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will release a new studio album, "Sweet Evil Sun", on November 18 via Napalm Records. The official music video for the LP's first single, "Scandinavian Gods", can be seen below. CANDLEMASS founder and bassist Leif Edling stated about "Scandinavian Gods": "'Scand...
August 18, 2022
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Cinis

Fast is fun, but slow is heavier. CONSECRATION are well aware of the potential power of death metal riffs played at snail's pace. Active since 2010, the UK quintet have been resolute in their dedication to puritanical death/doom. Spiritually linked to the pioneering misery of MY DYING BRIDE and MOUR...
June 16, 2022
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JOHAN LÄNGQUIST Talks Next CANDLEMASS Studio Album: 'There Are A Lot Of Great Songs Here'

By David E. Gehlke Johan Längquist's 2018 proper enlistment with legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS closed the loop on a circuitous journey for both parties. Längquist performed session vocals on CANDLEMASS's landmark 1986 "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" debut but immediately pursued other car...
May 31, 2022
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LION'S SHARE Releases New Single And Video 'Throne Of Steel'

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE has made a new song, "Throne Of Steel", available on streaming services and digital service providers. LION'S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson commented: "This is a real favorite of mine. Pure metal from start to finish. In my book it's our best song since 'We...
April 25, 2022
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DANNY LILKER Says 'Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly' Could Turn Out To Be NUCLEAR ASSAULT's Last U.S. Show

Bassist Danny Lilker of New York thrash veterans NUCLEAR ASSAULT says the group's June appearance at the Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly could turn out to be their final United States performance. The band will play its seminal 1986 "Game Over" debut in full at the event. In a recent...
March 30, 2022