Music: Candlemass

Candlemass - epic and depressing at the same time.

Candlemass is a Swedish Doom Metal band formed in 1985 by bassist Leif Edling. One of trope codifiers of doom metal, and particularly of a subgenre called "epic doom metal", their first album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is not only considered a landmark album but the textbook example of doom metal. They disbanded in 1993, but reformed four years later with a new lineup (Leif Edling being the only consistent member). A past lineup of Candlemass then reformed in 2002, before breaking up again... and reforming again in 2004.


Current lineup:
  • Mats Levén (formerly of Therion) - vocals
  • Lars Johansson - lead guitar
  • Mats "Mappe" Björkman - rhythm guitar
  • Leif Edling - bass
  • Jan Lindh - drums

Past members:
  • Johan Längqvist - vocals
  • Matz Ekström - drums
  • Thomas Vikström - vocals
  • Björn Flodkvist - vocals
  • Jejo Perkovic - drums
  • Mats Ståhl - rhythm guitar
  • Messiah Marcolin - vocals
  • Robert Lowe (of Solitude Aeturnus) - vocals
  • a load of session musicians

Discography:
  • Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - 1986
  • Nightfall - 1987
  • Ancient Dreams - 1988
  • Tales of Creation - 1989
  • Chapter VI - 1992
  • Dactylis Glomerata - 1998
  • From the 13th Sun - 1999
  • Candlemass - 2005
  • King of the Grey Islands - 2007
  • Death Magic Doom - 2009
  • Psalms for the Dead - 2012


Candlemass provides the following trope examples:

  • Canis Latinicus: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus.
  • Cover Version: Vaguely; the last track on Ancient Dreams is a medley of Black Sabbath songs.
  • Doom Metal: Of the "traditional doom metal" variety, or more specifically, "epic doom metal".
  • Epic Rocking: The majority of their output.
  • Four More Measures: On "A Sorcerer's Pledge", Johan starts singing as soon as guitar starts, then hums for a while and starts again, this time correctly. According to Leif, it was a soundcheck that they kept in.
  • I Am the Band: Leif Edling is the sole consistent member of the band, and is in a way the leader.
  • Large Ham: Messiah Marcolin.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: For the most part, they've stuck to an 8 throughout their career. Some of their gentler songs qualify as 7, though.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: "Into The Unfathomed Tower" from Tales of Creation sounds more like Yngwie Malmsteen than the usual doomy fare.
  • Rhyming with Itself: The word "life" is used to rhyme with itself in the final verse of "At The Gallows End".
  • Self-Titled Album
  • Trope Codifier: They're not the first doom metal band and not the only codifiers of the genre, but they were responsible for many of the stereotypical characteristics associated with it. Since they were, arguably, the most popular doom metal band (unless you count Black Sabbath), they were highly influential on later bands.
  • Trope Maker: Of "epic doom metal".