CANDLEMASS mainman/bassist Leif Edling has set KRUX as the name of his brand new project, which is tentatively set to feature ENTOMBED drummer Peter Stjrnvind, ENTOMBED bassist Jrgen Sandstrom (on guitar), ARCH ENEMY/SPIRITUAL BEGGARS guitarist Michael Amott and ex-RED FUN vocalist Tomas Person. At the moment, Edling is recording rough demos at the home studio of OPETH mainman Mikael kerfeldt with a view towards securing a record deal in the coming weeks and beginning to track the group's self-titled debut in April for a late summer/early fall release. According to Edling, I'm very pleased with the material and I think the record will be even heavier, harder and more epic than [CANDLEMASS' 1999 effort] From the 13:th Sun.
In related news, Edling is still expected to contribute bass lines to the much-anticipated project of Sandstrm (who will handle the guitar duties in the new group), Stjrnvind and PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX guitarist Kenth Philipson, dubbed THE DEVIL SUN, which recently inked a deal with CATHEDRAL frontman Lee Dorrian's Rise Above Records. Described by Edling as ultra-heavy doom in the vein of old TROUBLE/CANDLEMASS, THE DEVIL SUN are scheduled to enter the studio in the coming weeks to record their debut effort, due out at the end of the year.
Although THE DEVIL SUN were previously reported to have lined up unknown Swede Robban Holm to lay down the vocals for the upcoming album, it now appears that the aforementioned kerfeldt may assume the duties during the recording sessions, which will mark the first time Edling has appeared as a guest musician and not as a contributing songwriter on a project that he has been involved with.
In other Edling-related news, the reformed classic CANDLEMASS line-up of Leif, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Mats Bjrkman, lead guitarist Lars Johansson and drummer Jan Lindh have been forced to postpone their headlining gigs in Greece by a month as a result of an unspecified scheduling conflict. The concerts will now take place at the end of April and will be followed by a host of European festival performances, including a possible appearance at an undisclosed Moscow festival in June.