Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS kicked off their first U.S. tour in 17 years last night (Monday, May 19) at Jaxx in West Springfield, Virginia.
The group's setlist was as follows:
01. March Funebre (intro)
02. Well of Souls
03. Mirror Mirror
05. Emperor of the Void
06. Devil Seed
07. Dark Are the Veils of Death
08. Crystal Ball
09. At the Gallows End
10. Of Stars and Smoke
11. A Sorcerer's Pledge
12. Black Dwarf
Tonight's (May 20) CANDLEMASS' concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City will be filmed for future DVD release. No further details are currently available.
As previously reported, CANDLEMASS recently spent time in the studio recording a new EP, "Lucfer Rising", for a tentative Septeber release via Nuclear Blast Records. It will include two brand new tracks "Lucifer Rising" and "The White God" plus a whole bunch of live tracks from the previous tour. A new album will be recorded in the fall for a spring 2009 release.
In other news, the following CANDLEMASS and CANDLEMASS-related albums are being re-released in 2008 on Snapper/Peaceville:
* "Dactylis Glomerata" (1998) + ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA 2: May 26
* "From the 13th Sun" (1999) (w/ bonus tracks "Oil", "Nimis", "Rock 'n' Roll"): June 23
* "Live" (1990) (w/ bonus audio disc recorded at Dynamo Open Air 1988): August 11
CANDLEMASS' latest album, "King of the Grey Islands", was released June 22, 2007 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The group's guitarist, Mats "Mappe" Bjrkman, was recently sentenced to two years in a Swedish prison for grand theft. The musician was convicted of stealing CDs worth approximately $490,000 from the distribution warehouse of Entertainment Network Scandinavia AB, where he and an accomplice shipped the CDs to Stockholm retail outlets. He has since appealed the sentence.
CANDLEMASS live in Stockholm (2007):
(Thanks: Jay a.k.a Astennu)