Legendary Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have officially split up — seemingly for the last time.
"We are truly sorry to inform you that CANDLEMASS have disbanded!" reads a posting on the group's web site. "This is sad news for us and everybody else that love this fantastic band. There will be no more gigs, no new album, no more doom! This is it... finished... zero... nada... out!!!
"Despite the tremendous success of the reunion, everything hasn’t been perfect. Tiny cracks in the façade could be seen during the first round in the summer of 2002 because members of the band do not share the same vision of [CANDLEMASS], the gigs, an eventual new album, democracy etc, and last year it became clear that the differences were too large to overcome. A demo was recorded but the internal problems overshadowed the fun of playing. The gig at Klubben (Stockholm) Nov. 29 came to be the last and final [one] for CANDLEMASS.
"The band have tried to save the situation. There have been meetings and discussions, but unfortunately it hasn’t been possible for the five members to agree on how CANDLEMASS could work in the future. The members would have loved to continue but the chemistry is just not there anymore. The magic is gone..."
In other news, plans exist for a CANDLEMASS tribute album to be released the spring of 2005 through the GMR label. Among the bands expected to contribute to the CD are OPETH, THE HELLACOPTERS, THE HAUNTED, CATHEDRAL, GRAND MAGUS, KRUX, SATYRICON and TIMO RAUTIANINEN & TRIO NISKALAUKAUS.