CANDLEMASS bassist and songwriter Leif Edling has posted an audio snippet of a song called "Zodiac City" from his new solo project THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM. The track, which features guest vocals from Niklas "Viper" Stålvind of Swedish metallers WOLF, can be streamed below.
Says Edling: "This next song is another one that I wrote back in 2014 when I was pretty sick, and it's about the Zodiac [the nickname given to an unidentified serial killer who operated in northern California in the late 1960s and early 1970s].
"In general, I don't like songs about serial killers, because there's way too many people glorifying them, but I really like the movie, so here's 'Zodiac City'."
Edling previously stated about THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM: "THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM was created two years ago. I was in pretty bad shape. I couldn't go out, I couldn't work, I wasn't allowed to read, I couldn't watch telly and I wasn't allowed to work in front of the computer, so all I had was the music. And I created THE DOOMSDAY KINGDOM, metal from the catacombs."
Edling won't be playing live with CANDLEMASS this year because he is "still burnt out."
CANDLEMASS will release a special 30th-anniversary EP titled "Death Thy Lover" on June 3 via Napalm. The four-track effort — which features Mats Levén on vocals — was recorded during September/October and will be made available as a four-page digipack, one-LP gatefold edition and one-LP gatefold webstore edition and old-school "skull-and-cross" slipmat. The cover artwork for the EP was created by Erik Rovanperä.
Edling's AVATARIUM project released its second album, "The Girl With The Raven Mask", in October 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The CD was released in North America as part of a joint licensing venture between Nuclear Blast and Metalville.