Bassist/mainman Leif Edling of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS will be interviewed live on Monday, December 21 on Greece's "Metalzone" radio show with Kostas Purevil Kyriakakis. You can listen to the program at 22.00 (GMT +2) on 94fm in Athens and online at www.metalzone.gr by clicking on the "Listen Hard" graphic.
CANDLEMASS is among the five final nominees that are competing for the "Best Hard Rock" honor at the Swedish Grammis awards, which will be held January 15, 2010 at Münchenbryggeriet in Stockholm. The bands are all nominated for their most recent releases, all of which came out during 2009.
"Best Hard Rock" nominees:
* CANDLEMASS - Death Magic Doom
* HAMMERFALL - No Sacrifice, No Victory
* HARDCORE SUPERSTAR - Beg For It
* MUSTASCH - Mustasch
* RAISED FIST - Veil Of Ignorance
Last year's Grammis award in the "Best Hard Rock" category was won by in flames for the band's "A Sense Of Purpose" CD. The band also performed the song "Alias" during the ceremony, which was broadcast live on Swedish national channel TV4.
Edling is selling a "wonderful and unique" Manne bass guitar with cross inlays and CANDLEMASS skull on the body. It also says "Leif Edling" on the neck above the Manne logo.
Commented Leif: "[The bass] was handmade in Italy two years ago and you can't really put a price on a unique item like this!
"The bass is in pristine mint condition. Has a great tone! I used it on the 'Lucifer Rising' EP. Now YOU have a chance to own it!!
"So, a bit of info… every metal freak's wet dream with inlay crosses on the fretboard.
"The body is very light and made out of basswood, and the CANDLEMASS skull is printed in black over the satin black finish. The pick-ups are Manne's passive alnico V P/J's — all black, of course — as the hardware and Manne bridge. The neck is bolted on, made from ashwood with a multilaminated core. In all... an incredibly cool bass!!
* Starting price is SEK 12,000 (about €112 or $1,672)
* All bids must be posted in [the official CANDLEMASS forum]! (you must register for the forum!)
* Auction closes Tuesday, December 22.
* Winner will receive e-mail to the e-mail address registered at [the official CANDLEMASS] forum with more information.
* Payment through PayPal unless otherwise is discussed.
* Serious bidders only!!
"The Leif Edling custom Manne bass comes with a soft case.
"A Swedish winner can always pick the bass up in Stockholm, but for countries outside Sweden, it has to be UPS or similar. The cost for sending it to Europe somewhere is around €500 or below, and to the U.S. it is under $100. I think, anyway. We'll figure it out. The winner, of course, has to pay for the shipping, but it will be the exact freight cost and no extras."
Visit the CANDLEMASS forum to register and place a bid.