Candlemass have parted ways with singer Mats Levén. With this news, the group have also announced the return of original vocalist Johan Längqvist.
The band commented
“We wanted to find our way back to the roots of Candlemass, back to the soul and essence of the band. Johan Längqvist is back and we hope this will give us some new energy and kickstart the heart of doom again. We don’t know if it will last 10 more years or even five, but if it will give us just another year of having fun and playing the music that we love so much, it will be a blast! The circle is closed, Johan is back!”
Levén also issued his own statement:
“Regarding today’s statement from Candlemass:
First, let me salute all the fans in Europe, South/Latin America, North America and Japan for coming to our shows during the last six years.
It’s been a true privilege and joy playing for you all – thank you!
Also, a big thanks to our crew, promotors and every musician filling in whenever it was necessary.
I especially want to mention Per Wiberg (bass/keyboard) who’s done quite a few Candlemass shows and also been a splendid room mate – thanks amigo.
’Those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it’
Stockholm, September 3rd 2018”