Candlemass Reveal Details For New Album “The Door To Doom”

Candlemass have announced that their new album “The Door To Doom” will be released on February 22. This will be the group’s first effort since the return of frontman Johan Längqvist. Notably, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi guests on the track “Astorolus – The Great Octopus.”

“The Door To Doom” Track Listing:

01. “Splendor Demon Majesty”
02. “Under The Ocean”
03. “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” (feat. Tony Iommi)
04. “Bridge Of The Blind”
05. “Death’s Wheel”
06. “Black Trinity”
07. “House Of Doom”
08. “The Omega Circle”

Iommi commented on his guest spot:

“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought, ‘Why not?'”

Bassist Leif Edling added:

“We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on ‘Astorolus’. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally, this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it gave me chills down the spine! I’m still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!”

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Candlemass Added To Ghost’s European Tour

Candlemass have been confirmed as the supporting act for Ghost’s upcoming European tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

02/03 Lyon, FRA – Tony Garnier
02/05 Amsterdam, NET – AFAS Live
02/06 Antwerp, BEL – Lotto
02/07 Paris, FRA – Zenith
02/14 Stuttgart, GER – Schleyerhalle
02/15 Bochum, GER – Ruhrkongress
02/17 Hannover, GER – Swiss Life Hall
02/18 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
02/20 Gothenburg, SWE – Scandinavium
02/21 Oslo, NOR – Spektrum
02/23 Stockholm, SWE – Ericsson Globe

Candlemass Tease New Songs

Candlemass have shared some new song teasers from their upcoming album. That effort will be the group’s first since Johan Längqvist rejoined the band as a replacement for Mats Levén. Bassist Leif Edling commented:

“I just wanted to tell you that we are done with the recording part of the album. It has been a year or so in the studio, lots of work, but the end result is so good, so I think it has been worth all the sweat, toil, headaches etc. It actually sounds fucking great!! Johan is back in the band after 32 years, so that’s also something worth celebrating. The record will be mixed in October for a spring release on Napalm. I truly think this is the best thing we’ve done in a looong time! Lots of gigs for 2019 are being booked right now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Footage Of Candlemass Rehearsing “Solitude” With Returning Vocalist Johan Längqvist

Yesterday (September 3), Candlemass announced that they would be parting ways with Mats Levén and reuniting with original vocalist Johan Längqvist. Now, the group have shared footage of themselves rehearsing “Solitude” with Längqvist. You can check that out below:

Candlemass Part Ways With Mats Levén, Welcome Johan Längqvist Back To The Band

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’

Mats Leven
Stockholm, September 3rd 2018”

Watch Ghost’s Cardinal Copia Cover Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” With Candlemass

Metallica were honored with the Polar Music Prize during a ceremony at Konserthuset in Stockholm, Sweden today (June 14) and during the event Ghost’s Cardinal Copia performed a special cover of Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” with Candlemass and Vargas & Lagolawas. You can see footage of that below. Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo accepted the award from His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, and the group are planning to donate the million Swedish krona ($125,000 USD) it comes with to their All Within My Hands Foundation.

Ghost’s Tobias Forge To Guest On 10 Inch Vinyl Version Of Candlemass’ “House Of Doom”

Candlemass have revealed that Ghost’s Tobias Forge (aka Cardinal Copia, Papa Emeritus) will appear on their special nine and a half minute long version of “House Of Doom.” That version of the track will only be available on the 10 inch etched vinyl version of the band’s new EP of the same name. That effort will be released on May 25.