Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band is currently working on material for its farewell album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release.
Commented CANDLEMASS in a statement: “Now it is official, Swedish doom ‘meisters’ CANDLEMASS have signed with Austrian Napalm Records for their 11th and last studio album. The band is very happy and excited about this and are looking forward to work with such a great and growing label as Napalm, home of cool bands like MONSTER MAGNET, KARMA TO BURN and ISOLE.”
CANDLEMASS celebrated its 25-year anniversary by performing an extra-long, two-and-a-half-hour set at Debaser Medis in Stockholm on December 18, 2010. The band’s classic debut album, “Epicus Doomicus Metalicus”, was played in its entirety for the first time with the original singer Johan Längqvist.
CANDLEMASS released a new DVD, “Ashes To Ashes – Live”, in North America on June 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records (April 23, 2010 in Europe). The set contains footage of the band’s performance at last year’s Sweden Rock Festival in front of 30,000 people as well as CANDLEMASS‘ entire October 2009 concert in Athens, Greece. It also includes a 30-minute interview and two photo galleries. The DVD was released as a CD+DVD, with the Sweden Rock show as the audio CD.
“Death Magic Doom”, the latest album from CANDLEMASS, debuted at No. 79 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Death Magic Doom” entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 52. The group’s previous CD, “King of the Grey Islands”, debuted at No. 83 back in June 2007.