The demo recordings from THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, the new solo project from CANDLEMASS bassist and songwriter Leif Edling, have been made available for purchase on very limited-edition vinyl and as a digital download via Bandcamp. Both the "Never Machine" demo EP (four tracks) and the "Never Machine" seven-inch single are available in 250 copies each: 150 black and 100 copies in colored vinyl."Never Machine" demo EP track listing:
01. Never Machine
02. The Sceptre
03. Zodiac City
04. The Whispering "Never Machine" was the first song written by Leif for THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM. "The Sceptre" is about an evergoing war between the red and the black queen. "Zodiac City" features guest vocals from Niklas "Viper" Stålvind of Swedish metallers WOLF. "The Whispering" is a ghostlike ballad sung by Leif, featuring a beautiful string/mellotron arrangement by Carl Westholm, and nice acoustic guitar played by Marcus Jidell. Leif is currently working on the debut album from THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, tentatively due in the fall. Edling stated about THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM: "THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM was created two years ago. I was in pretty bad shape. I couldn't go out, I couldn't work, I wasn't allowed to read, I couldn't watch telly and I wasn't allowed to work in front of the computer, so all I had was the music. And I created THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, metal from the catacombs." Edling on "Zodiac City": "This song is another one that I wrote back in 2014 when I was pretty sick, and it's about the Zodiac [the nickname given to an unidentified serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s]. "In general, I don't like songs about serial killers, because there's way too many people glorifying them, but I really like the movie." Edling won't be playing live with CANDLEMASS this year because he is "still burnt out." CANDLEMASS will release a special 30th-anniversary EP titled "Death Thy Lover" on June 3 via Napalm. The four-track effort — which features Mats Levén on vocals — was recorded during September/October and will be made available as a four-page digipack, one-LP gatefold edition and one-LP gatefold webstore edition and old-school "skull-and-cross" slipmat. The cover artwork for the EP was created by Erik Rovanperä. Edling's AVATARIUM project released its second album, "The Girl With The Raven Mask", in October 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was released in North America as part of a joint licensing venture between Nuclear Blast and Metalville.