When there is talk of Sweden's contributions to popular music, and it's usually a brief discussion, ABBA, Roxette, Ace Of Base and The Cardigans are regularly mentioned. Just a little further down the list is Candlemass, who sold more than fifteen million albums worldwide.
The group's debut, "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus," arrived in '86. But the next three decades, marked by their 30th-anniversary EP "Death Thy Lover," was hardly smooth sailing for the Doom Metal band.
Candlemass went through six vocalists: Johan Langqvist ('84-'87), Messiah Marcolin ('87-'91, '02, '04-'06), Thomas Vikström ('91-'94), Bjorn Flodkvist ('97-'02), Robert Lowe ('06-'12) and Mats Leven ('12-present).
Guitarists and drummers came and went less frequently, but the result left bassist, founder and leader Leif Edling as the only constant.
A crippling lack of success, especially regarding the group's fifth album "Chapter VI," led Candlemass to call it quits in '94. That might have been the end of the story if Edling's side project, Abstrakt Algerbra, hadn't flopped. That led him to reform Candlemass with new members. The result was '98's "Dactylis Glomerata."
The combination of trying to record, seeking a record label and internal differences resulted in a second break up in '04. But two years later, Candlemass rose from the ashes and released the self-titled "Candlemass." The '05 album earned a Swedish Grammy.
The group's last effort before their 30th anniversary was '12's "Psalms For The Dead."
1986 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
1988 Ancient Dreams
1989 Tales Of Creation
1992 Chapter VI
1998 Dactylis Glomerata
1999 From The 13th Sun
2007 King Of The Grey Islands
2009 Death Magic Doom
2012 Psalms For The Dead
2002 Doomed For Live - Reunion 2002
2010 No Sleep 'til Athens
2010 Ashes To Ashes
2013 Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live At Roadburn 2011