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When there is talk of Sweden's contributions to popular music, and it's usually a brief discussion, ABBA, Roxette, Ace Of Base and The Cardigans are regularly mentioned. Just a little further down the list is Candlemass, who have sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide.

The group's debut, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus," arrived in '86. But the next three decades, marked by their 30th-anniversary EP "Death Thy Lover," were hardly smooth sailing for the Doom Metal band.

Candlemass went through six vocalists: Johan Langqvist ('86-'87), Messiah Marcolin ('87-'91, '02, '04-'06), Thomas Vikström ('91-'94), Bjorn Flodkvist ('97-'02), Robert Lowe ('06-'12) and Mats Leven ('12-'18).

Guitarists and drummers came and went less frequently, but it left bassist, founder and leader Leif Edling as the only constant.

A crippling lack of success, especially regarding the group's fifth album "Chapter VI," led Candlemass to call it quits in '94. That might have been the end of the story if Edling's side project, Abstrakt Algerbra, hadn't flopped. That led him to reform Candlemass with new members. The result was '98's "Dactylis Glomerata."

The combination of trying to record, seeking a record label and internal differences resulted in a second break up in '04. But two years later, Candlemass rose from the ashes and released the self-titled "Candlemass." The '05 album earned a Swedish Grammy.

The group's last effort before their 30th anniversary was '12's "Psalms For The Dead."

A short time later, Candlemass announced via their website that Lowe had left the band, mainly due to live performance shortcomings and was "a very difficult decision for the band." He was replaced by longtime friend and collaborator Mats Leven. In addition, keyboardist Per Wiberg joined for live shows.

Next, Candlemass was voted the greatest Swedish Hard Rock/Metal Band of all time by the writers of Sweden Rock Magazine, the nation's most popular music publication.

Two years down the road, following the release of the EP "Death Thy Lover" in '16, Candlemass announced the return of Langquist after a thirty-two year hiatus. "We wanted to find our way back to the roots of Candlemass, back to the soul and essence of the band," stated the band. "The circle is closed, Johan is back!"

"The Door To Doom," the 12th album from Candlemass, dropped in '19. It was the group's first album in nearly seven years and the first with Langquist since '86. The effort included a guest appearance by Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who contributed a guitar solo.

Candlemass Discography

Studio Albums:

1986 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1987 Nightfall
1988 Ancient Dreams
1989 Tales Of Creation
1992 Chapter VI
1998 Dactylis Glomerata
1999 From The 13th Sun
2005 Candlemass
2007 King Of The Grey Islands
2009 Death Magic Doom
2012 Psalms For The Dead
2019 The Door To Doom

Live Albums:

1990 Live
2002 Doomed For Live - Reunion 2002
2010 No Sleep 'til Athens
2010 Ashes To Ashes
2013 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live At Roadburn 2011

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