Video of the Day: CANDLEMASS’ “Bewitched”

After SABBATH created doom metal, Swedish gods CANDLEMASS (and arguably PENTAGRAM) took it to the next level. Simply a timeless, mandatory band.

Let’s check out the video for “Bewitched” from the band’s classic album, Nightfall. Sure, the video has a healthy dose of cheese but damn it, the song is too good to deny.

If you haven’t checked out CANDLEMASS yet, get on it!

Doom Legends CANDLEMASS to Release Final Album via Napalm Records

Napalm Records is very proud to announce that the Swedish doom metal legend CANDLEMASS has joined their ranks. The band is currently working on material for their farewell album, which is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release.

CANDLEMASS: “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.”

The famous Stockholm band plan to do numerous shows around the world on a farewell tour that hopefully will take them to uncharted C-mass territories such as Australia, Japan, China and Asia, as well as to the great European summer festivals, USA and South America.

Industry Profile: Ula Gehret

While the artists are the centerpieces of the music industry, the people behind the scenes are often just as important. It takes as much blood, sweat, and sacrifice to create and maintain success for those who work off-stage. We are taking an opportunity to spotlight one of these unsung heroes, metal industry veteran, Ula Gehret. He was a pivotal figure in Century Media‘s rise in the late 90’s/early 2000’s. He now runs his own consulting firm with fellow industry vet, Leif Jensen (vocalist for DEW-SCENTED). We reached out to Ula in his homebase of the Netherlands, who was happy to share his journey through the metal scene.
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Listen to the New CANDLEMASS Album

CANDLEMASS‘ new album, Death Magic Doom, is available for streaming on the band’s official MySpace page:

Death Magic Doom is the follow-up to last year’s massive Lucifer Rising EP and second full-length album with new vocalist Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS). The album, which was recorded at the Swedish Polar Studios, is scheduled for a May 5th release (April 3rd in Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.

DAYLIGHT DIES Begin Tracking New Album; Tour Dates with CANDLEMASS

Raleigh-based DAYLIGHT DIES have started tracking their new album, titled Lost to the Living. The album, expected for release late Spring 2008, is the band’s second album with Candlelight Records. Drummer Jesse Haff reports, “drums, acoustic guitars and a solid chunk of the rhythm guitars are now completed. We feel the album is not only our most refined material to date, but also displays our most varied assortment of dark, desperate and melancholic music.”

In addition to recording teh band have been confirmed as direct support on the upcoming CANDLEMASS American tour. With dates kicking off May 19, the tour will allow fans new and old opportunity to hear some of the band’s new music before it finds official release. “Needless to say we are counting the days until the tour with CANDLEMASS,” says Haff. “We are looking forward to performing our guts out across the US.”

Confirmed dates are noted below. Additional performances are expected and will be announced shortly.

May 19 – Jaxx Nite Club, Springfield, VA
May 20 – BB Kings Blues Club, New York, NY
May 22 – Starland Ballroom, Sayrevilel, NJ
May 23 – Peabody’s Down Under, Cleveland, OH
May 24 – The Pearl Room, Mokena, IL
May 25 – Station 4, St. Paul, MN
May 28 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
May 29 – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
May 30 – Slim’s, San Francisco, CA
May 31 – The Galaxy Theater, Santa Ana, CA
June 1 – Whiskey A Go Go, Hollywood, CA
June 6 – Scout Bar, Houston, TX
June 7 – Ridglea Theater, Ft. Worth, TX

Preview New CANDLEMASS in its Entirety

King of the Grey Islands, the first CANDLEMASS album to feature new singer Robert Lowe (SOLITUDE AETURNUS), has been made available for streaming on through July 17th, the day of its release. The album was recorded at the famed Polar Studios (LED ZEPPLIN, ABBA) in Sweden and mixed by Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN). Go here to listen to the album:

Lowe replaced Messiah Marcolin earlier in the year.

Messiah Marcolin Out of CANDLEMASS for Good

Sweden’s CANDLEMASS have announced that longtime vocalist Messiah Marcolin is out of the band for good. The band are currently scrambling to find a replacement as the material is already written for the their next album. Here is what the band had to say about Messiah‘s departure via their website:

“You have heard the rumours and it is with a heavy heart we must make this official. The band have tried to solve the situation several times, but Messiah cannot be persuaded to sing on the new album. His attitude and demands are way too unreasonable.

“I’m very sorry about this, not surprised though.

“We have all been very disappointed with Messiah‘s behaviour during the previous years reunion, especially with his childish and undemocratic way to “discuss” matters before the may recording at Polar in Stockholm. It’s not cool when one person refuses to listen to other people, don’t give a shit about his bandmates and demands special treatment. Sure, a little bit of primadonna vices is allowed in a band. But when it comes to the extent that its “my way or the highway” in every little discussion that comes up, it is not fun anymore. We like the thought of five equal metalheads playing together, having fun in the rehearsalroom, at gigs etc. That’s the whole point of it if you ask us. Unfortunately negativity and stupidity have been dictating the rules for CANDLEMASS lately.

“We hope you all can understand how disappointed we are. And angry! Disappointed with the fact that a grown man can behave so badly towards others – his friends – and for such a long time. And so easily, when he doesn’t get everything he wants, throws it all away. We’re still in chock! We never thought it was possible for somebody in this great band to have such a bad attitude towards his bandmates!

“We are also angry that we have bought the shit for so long. Been fucked over so much, so many times since the reunion 2002. It’s really shameful!

“It only took a couple of gigs to understand that Messiah wasn’t back to make friends, so we have fought hard to keep this together for you – our fans. It’s been a rough ride, but when you stand in front of 200 or 2000 or even 20 000 screaming fans it’s worth all trouble.

“And yes, it was close that last album didn’t include Messiah, but we made it happen because we love this music and we love that you guys love us!! But it was the last album with Messiah Marcolin on vocals. We can’t deal with the big man anymore. Sorry!! We tried to reason with him before the recording of the new one but Messiah‘s behaviour was beyond the acceptable. Mr. Marcolin has been too much to take and the reasons behind his departure from CANDLEMASS are not very flattering for him. No details, sorry….too embarrassing…….

“On the positive side (there is one!), this can make the band stronger and lead to something better. We don’t stand and fall with Messiah Marcolin. We will look hard for a worthy replacement because we got a superb album recorded already. With the right voice it will kill!! We hope for a new start with CANDLEMASS, a band we love way too much to ditch because of one rotten apple!!