Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS are working on material for their final album, tentatively scheduled for a spring 2012 release via Napalm Records.
After a six-month writing period, the band spent two weekends in October in a Stockholm studio. In all, eight songs were recorded for demo purposes. In December, the band will record the album "properly," but it's too early to say how many songs will be laid down.
Commented the band: "Leif [Edling, bass] has got about 11-12 tracks written and CANDLEMASS are now rehearsing their asses off in the rehearsal room. Click here and you'll see some photos from the pre-production stage of this process. Mappe's [guitarist Mats Bjrkman] injured hand and his 'open-body-surgery' of his guitar Jan's [Janne Lindh] drums, Lars' [Johansson] new cool guitar the Athens poster the slippers!! More will follow!"
CANDLEMASS celebrated its 25-year anniversary by performing an extra-long, two-and-a-half-hour set at Debaser Medis in Stockholm on December 18, 2010. The band's classic debut album, "Epicus Doomicus Metalicus", was played in its entirety for the first time with the original singer Johan Lngqvist.
CANDLEMASS released a new DVD, "Ashes To Ashes - Live", in North America on June 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records (April 23, 2010 in Europe). The set contains footage of the band's performance at Sweden Rock Festival in front of 30,000 people as well as CANDLEMASS' entire October 2009 concert in Athens, Greece. It also includes a 30-minute interview and two photo galleries. The DVD was released as a CD+DVD, with the Sweden Rock show as the audio CD.
"Death Magic Doom", the latest album from CANDLEMASS, debuted at No. 79 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Death Magic Doom" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 52. The group's previous CD, "King of the Grey Islands", debuted at No. 83 back in June 2007.