Mats Levén (Ex-Candlemass) Signs With Napalm Records For His Skyblood Project

Mats Levén (ex-Candlemass) has signed a new deal with Napalm Records for his new solo project Skyblood. His new album will be released later this year and it is expected to feature the following guests: Martin “Axe” Axenrot (Bloodbath, Opeth, etc.), Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion), Snowy Shaw (ex-King Diamond) and Petter Karlsson (ex-Therion, etc.).

Levén commented:

“A few days after the split with CANDLEMASS in September 2018, I was contacted by Napalm Records regarding my solo material. The timing was perfect, and today I’m thrilled to announce our partnership and the release of SKYBLOOD in the fall of 2019! SKYBLOOD is who I am and where I’m at after 30 years in this weird business. A special thanks to Sebastian Münch at Napalm. Let’s do this!”

Sebastian Münch, A&R at Napalm Records, added:

“With absolute pleasure and honor, Napalm Records would like to announce the signing of Mats Levén’s SKYBLOOD. Over the years, Mats’s distinguished vocal works have created various masterpieces; in particular for CANDLEMASS, KRUX and THERION! The new songs from the SKYBLOOD debut sound amazing and we are looking forward to a very successful album release. Mats, welcome to the Napalm family!”

Mats Levén (Ex-Candlemass) Working On New Music With Opeth & Therion Members

Mats Levén, who was recently replaced in Candlemass by original vocalist Johan Längqvist, has shared a teaser for a new solo track he has been working on. The song finds the singer joined by drummer Martin “Axe” Axenrot (Opeth, etc.) and bassist Nalley Påhlsson (Therion).

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”

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) To Release New Album In July, Teases New Song

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has posted a teaser for his new song “The Quest.” This song will appear on his new solo album, Brand New Revolution, which will be released on July 24. Jo Nunez (Firewind) handled drumming duties for the effort and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford, ex-Methods Of Mayhem) handled the bass duties.

Brand New Revolution Track Listing:

01. “The Quest”
02. “Brand New Revolution” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
03. “Burn” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
04. “We Are One” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
05. “What Lies Below” [feat. Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)]
06. “Behind Those Eyes” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
07. “Gone To Stay” [feat. Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Talisman)]
08. “One More Try” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
09. “Come Hell Or High Water” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]
10. “If It Ends Today” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]
11. “Generation G” [feat. Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Talisman)]
12. “The Demon Inside” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]