CANDLEMASS (1985–PRESENT). John Lanquist (vocals, replaced by Messiah Marcolin, Tomas Vikstrom, Bjorn Fklodkvist, Messiah, Robert Lowe), Mats Bjorkman (guitar, other instruments), Lars Johansson (guitar, other instruments), Leif Edling (bass), Matz Ekstroem (drums, replaced by Jan Lindh).
Candelemass is a Swedish doom metal band, who play slow and lumbering Sabbath–type riffs along with the King Diamond meets Klaus Nomi–esque operatic vocals of lead singer Messiah Marcolin (who had a habit of wearing a monk’s robe on stage). With Marcolin’s departure after the Live record, the band recruited new singer Tomas Vikstrom and recorded the Chapter VI record, which saw the band in disarray, and the law of diminishing returns took over, leading to the band’s demise in 1994. An ill-advised reunion in 1998 with new vocalist Bjorn Fklodkvist and a completely new lineup except of bassist Edling went nowhere slow. After going nowhere, the band finally called it quits in 1999.
However, the band’s classic lineup reconvened for a reunion in 2002 and 2004. Sadly, following this Messiah departed the band yet again, and the band rather pointlessly carried on with Edling Lindh and yet another new lineup. In their prime (the Messiah years) Candlemass proved that a metal band could be slow and evil, without having to go into lyrical flights of fancy. This band would be enjoyed by fans of early Black Sabbath or St. Vitus.
Discography: Epicus Doomicus Mettalicus (Leviathan, 1986); Nightfall (Restless, 1987); Ancient Dream (Capital, 1988); Tales of Creation (Capital, 1989); Live (Metal Blade, 1991); Chapter VI (Import, 1995); Dactylis Glomerata (MFN, 1998); From the 13th Sun (Music for Nations, 1999); Doomed for Live Reunion 2002 (Powerline, 2003); Diamonds of Doom (Powerline, 2003); Candlemass (Nuclear Blast, 2005); King of the Grey Islands (Nuclear Blast, 2007); Death Magic Doom (Nuclear Blast, 2009).