[[caption-width-right:350:Candlemass - epic ''and'' depressing at the same time.]]

Candlemass is a Swedish DoomMetal band formed in 1985 by bassist Leif Edling. One of [[TropeCodifier trope codifier]]s 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 [[OverlyLongGag again]] in 2004.

'''Current lineup:'''
* Mats Levén (formerly of Music/{{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 Music/SolitudeAeturnus) - vocals
* Carl Westholm - keyboard (currently a session musician)

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

!!Candlemass provides the following trope examples:

* AbsenteeActor: Has been the case with Leif Edling for some time due to health issues. While he continues to be an active writer and also occasionally plays live shows with them, his health issues have kept him from being able to tour or do more than a few live dates per year, which is also what forced him to leave Avatarium (where he is also one of these, as he wrote the bulk of ''Hurricanes and Halos'' despite not being a member at the time).
* AdultFear: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-yhgt312Sw Mourner's Lament]]" is about a father grieving the [[OutlivingOnesOffspring death of his son]].
* BigFun: Messiah Marcolin.
* {{Bookends}}: The last, self-titled song on the album ''Tales of Creation'' ends with the exact same riff used on the album's intro.
* CanisLatinicus: ''Epicus Doomicus Metallicus''.
* CoverVersion: Vaguely; the last track on ''Ancient Dreams'' is a medley of Music/BlackSabbath songs.
* DoomMetal: Of the "traditional doom metal" variety, or more specifically, "epic doom metal".
* EpicRocking: The majority of their output.
* FourMoreMeasures: On "A Sorcerer's Pledge", Johan starts singing as soon as guitar starts, then hums for a while and starts again, this time correctly. [[WordOfGod According to Leif]], it was a soundcheck that they [[ThrowItIn kept in]].
* IAmTheBand: Leif Edling is the sole consistent member of the band, and is in a way the leader.
* InsufferableGenius: Why Messiah Marcolin will never play with them again. While he may be an incredibly talented and iconic singer, his massive ego, diva-like behavior, and utter inability to work with anyone in a band situation have all ensured that they will never even consider bringing him on board again.
* LargeHam: Messiah Marcolin.
* LyricalDissonance: "Samaritan" is one of the heaviest songs on ''Nightfall'' and sounds very depressing, but the lyrics are about a man who shelters and feeds a homeless man and, on his own death bed 50 years later, is taken to Heaven by angels in return.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: For the most part, they've stuck to an 8 throughout their career. Some of their gentler songs qualify as 7, though.
* OutOfGenreExperience: "Into the Unfathomed Tower" from ''Tales of Creation'' sounds more like Music/YngwieMalmsteen than the usual doomy fare.
* RhymingWithItself: The word "life" is used to rhyme with itself in the final verse of "At The Gallows End".
* SelfTitledAlbum
* StartMyOwn: In addition to his various side projects (namely Krux, Avatarium, and The Doomsday Kingdom), Leif Edling started Abstrakt Algebra after the 1994 breakup (and wound up repurposing most of the material that was intended for their sophomore album with ''Dactylis Glomerata''), while Marcolin started Memento Mori with members of Hexenhaus after his first split with the band.
* TeenGenius: Messiah Marcolin was no older than nineteen when he joined.
* TropeCodifier: 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 Music/BlackSabbath), they were highly influential on later bands.
* TropeMakers: Of "epic doom metal".