Candlelight Records has announced its newly agreed cooperation with England's Rise Above Records. Under the agreement, Candlelight will see to the stateside release of all new recordings from the popular doom rock label. The first planned release is the fourth album from Canada's SHEAVY in early April.

Rise Above Records was formed in 1989 by CATHEDRAL/ex-NAPALM DEATH vocalist Lee Dorrian. Since then, the label has released over 50 records from such notable bands as ORANGE GOBLIN, ELECTRIC WIZARD, GRAND MAGUS, WITCHCRAFT, and more. Lee Dorrian says of the cooperation, "We are extremely excited about being part of the Candlelight family. The growth the company has achieved in the U.S. over the last few years has really impressed us, purely from an observer's point of view, and when the opportunity came to do a deal we jumped at it. We look forward to further strengthening the cause of doom metal and its status across the Atlantic."

"We are proud and eager to work with Rise Above," says Candlelight's Edward Christie. "Lee has consistently found quality bands that have a unique sound to offer that we feel matches with our philosophy perfectly. Our U.S. operation has enjoyed a very healthy growth pattern in 2004 and we look forward to an equally successful 2005 with Rise Above representing a part of that success."


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