Album Review: CANDLEMASS ‘The Door to Doom’

Doom metal pioneers Candlemass have taken the metal world by storm with their 12th album, The Door to Doom. Released on February 22nd, through Napalm Records, it is their first album in over three decades to feature the band’s original vocalist, Johan Längqvist. Throughout the years, Candlemass have proven to hold consistency in their music, and subsequently their fan base, without sounding formulaic or overdone. The Door to Doom stays true to that statement, and its gloomy, dark atmosphere proves that Candlemass is a force to be reckoned with.

Right from the first track ‘Splendor Demon Majesty,’ the songs are noticeably reminiscent of the classic, old-school Candlemass that everyone knows and loves. The music itself is flawless, with guest work by Tony Iommi on the third track, ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus.’ Additionally, Länqvist’s vocal work is remarkable; his powerful, distinct voice soaring overtop the heavy riffage of Lars Johansson and Mats Bjorkman. If there were a definition of what doom metal should be, ‘The Door to Doom’ would be it.

Formed in 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden, Candlemass is often credited as the originators of the doom metal genre, with albums such as Epicus Doomicus Metallicus and Nightfall being ranked among the greatest doom metal records of all time. Their unique blend of darkness and melody is one that is easily recognizable and often imitated. As they are currently embarking on a tour of Europe, they show no signs of letting up on their reign of darkness and doom.

All in all, Candlemass’ 12th full length album is masterfully composed, dark, and promising. ‘The Door to Doom’ has successfully captured all of the things that make doom metal great, and therefore will be remembered for what it is – a truly amazing piece of work.

Tracklist
1. Splendor Demon Majesty
2. Under the Ocean
3. Astorolus-the Great Octopus
4. Bridge of Tte Blind
5. Death’s Wheel
6. Black Trinity
7. House of Doom
8. The Omega Circle

Line Up
Mats Levén, Mats “Mappe” Björkman
Lars Johansson, Leif Edling
Jan Lindh
Per Wiberg

Label
Napalm Records

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– Zach Schmitt
Edited by Samantha Crocker

Maehem News: CANDLEMASS Album ‘The Door to Doom’ Streaming Exclusively via Kerrang

The manifestation of pure doom metal!

CANDLEMASS have come full circle: their first singer Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned!

They are set to release their 12th full length album “The Door To Doom” this Friday February 22nd via Napalm Records. Before they do however, the band has partnered up with Kerrang for an exclusive full album stream. Check out an exclusive interview with vocalist Johan Langquist and listen to “The Door to Doom” in its entirety HERE.

Pre order The Door to Doom right HERE!

The Door To Doom” unsurprisingly follows the plot line mastermind, songwriter and bass player Leif Edling established in the past years: epic world class doom metal that relies on slow mammoth riffing. With Johan Langquist`s highly dramatic vocal style and the love for details, the band made this album to the next “Epicus”. This masterpiece is rounded off by a beautiful guest appearance by none other than Black Sabbath`s Tony Iommi on ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus‘.

“The Door to Doom” Tracklisting:
1. Splendor Demon Majesty
2. Under The Ocean
3. Astorolus – the Great Octopus
4. Bridge Of The Blind
5. Death´s Wheel
6. Black Trinity
7. House Of Doom
8. The Omega Circle

CANDLEMASS On Tour:
A Pale Tour Named Death – Candlemass special guest for Ghost
20.02.19 SE – Gothenburg / Scandinavium
21.02.19 NO – Oslo / Spektrum
23.02.19 SE – Stockholm / Ericsson Globe

Festivals:
13.04.19 BE – Durby / Durbuy Rock Festival
27.04.19 DE – Könighofen / Keep it True Festival
29.04.19 SE – Helsinki-Stockholm / Silja Cruise
11.05.19 DK – Copenhagen / Nordic Noise Festival
07.06.19 SE – Sölvesborg / SwedenRock
21.06.19 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.19 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
05.07.19 ES – Barcelona / Rockfest Barcelona
13.07.19 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival
02.08.19 RO – Rasnov / Rockfest Extreme
07.08.19 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
08.08.19 PL – Vagos / Vagos Metal Fest

CANDLEMASS are:
Leif Edling: Bass
Mats “Mappe” Björkman: Guitars
Jan Lindh: Drums
Lars “Lasse” Johansson: Guitars
Johan Langquist: Vocals

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Maehem News:CANDLEMASS New Video For ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus’ Featuring Tony Iommi

The manifestation of pure doom metal!
CANDLEMASS have come full circle: their first singer Johan Langquist (who left the band after singing on the legendary 1986 debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus) has returned!
They are set to release their 12th full length album “The Door To Doom” February 22nd via Napalm Records.
Now CANDLEMASS have dropped the second song from the album featuring legendaryBLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. Watch the video for “Astorolus – The Great Octopus” right HERE.

Leif Edling states:“Here’s the video for ‘Astorolus’. Monsters and Gods come in different shapes. The eternal wheel of birth and death portrayed in a cool video and great song. Talking about gods, the master himself, Tony Iommi is playing the solo here (part 1+2 out of 3). Immense feeling, wonderful tome, so much presence! Just incredible! Hats off to him for helping us out. A dream coming true! Looking forward to play it live on the tour with Ghost. We’re rehearsing it right now. New stuff and the old classics. Can’t wait to go out on this tour. Johan is back singing, “The Door to Doom” is getting brilliant reviews, the band is in great form… Will be a blast!”
Pre order “The Door to Doom” right HERE!

The Door To Doom” unsurprisingly follows the plotline mastermind, songwriter and bass player Leif Edling established in the past years: epic world class doom metal that relies on slow mammoth riffing. With Johan Langquist`s highly dramatic vocal style and the love for details, the band made this album to the next “Epicus”. This masterpiece is rounded off by a beautiful guest appearance by none other than Black Sabbath`s Tony Iommi on ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus‘.

Tony Iommi on his appearance:

“Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I’d contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought ‘why not’ “.

“The Door to Doom” Tracklisting:
1. Splendor Demon Majesty
2. Under The Ocean
3. Astorolus – the Great Octopus
4. Bridge Of The Blind
5. Death´s Wheel
6. Black Trinity
7. House Of Doom
8. The Omega Circle

CANDLEMASS On Tour:
A Pale Tour Named Death – Candlemass special guest for Ghost
03.02.19 FR – Lyon / Tony Garnier
05.02.19 NL – Amsterdam / AFAS Live
06.02.19 BE – Antwerp / Lotto
07.02.19 FR – Paris / Zenith
14.02.19 DE – Stuttgart / Schleyerhalle
15.02.19 DE – Bochum / Ruhrkongress
17.02.19 DE – Hannover / Swiss Life Hall
18.02.19 DE – Hamburg / Sporthalle
20.02.19 SE – Gothenburg / Scandinavium
21.02.19 NO – Oslo / Spektrum
23.02.19 SE – Stockholm / Ericsson Globe

Festivals:
13.04.19 BE – Durby / Durbuy Rock Festival
27.04.19 DE – Könighofen / Keep it True Festival
29.04.19 SE – Helsinki-Stockholm / Silja Cruise
11.05.19 DK – Copenhagen / Nordic Noise Festival
07.06.19 SE – Sölvesborg / SwedenRock
21.06.19 BE – Dessel / Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.19 FR – Clisson / Hellfest
05.07.19 ES – Barcelona / Rockfest Barcelona
13.07.19 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival
02.08.19 RO – Rasnov / Rockfest Extreme
07.08.19 ES – Villena / Leyendas Del Rock
08.08.19 PL – Vagos / Vagos Metal Fest

CANDLEMASS are:
Leif Edling: Bass
Mats “Mappe” Björkman: Guitars
Jan Lindh: DrumsLars “Lasse”
Johansson: Guitars
Johan Langquist: Vocals

Check out The Band!!
Offical site
Facebook
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Published by Abby Niesen