Candlemass - Voted Best Band In Sweden Ever


Scandinavia's biggest music magazine, Sweden Rock Magazine, has voted doom metallers Candlemass the best band in Sweden ever. In issue 100 (to be released on January 8th), 40 rock/metal journalists have voted on the 100 best Swedish bands through time, and Candlemass came in as number one.

Bassist Leif Edling commented: "This is truly incredible. What an honour! After nearly 30 years of playing, we get this amazing award. I never expected it when they called me. I was totally taken by surprise and had to pinch myself. It could have been Opeth, In Flames, Europe or Entombed, but they choose us! I can't believe it! We must have done something right."

"We recorded some classic albums in the 80's, but other bands did that too. Maybe it is what we've done lately that gave us this award? The newer albums have all been very well received, so perhaps it is what tipped the scale over to our advantage when you look at the entire period? After 28 years in the business we still make great albums. This is an incredible honour that gives our career the ultimate reward!"

Leif smiles and continues: "I feel fulfilled and proud. Mappe, Jan, Lars and I have been busting our asses for so many years now, and it means everything to us, this award! We don't have to do long tours anymore, we don't have to release an album every year or so, we need no Grammy nominations. We have nothing more to prove! We are the best band in Sweden of all time, for god's sake! We can relax now!"

"Well... lately the phone has been ringing like crazy, so there's no time to rest just yet, hehe! We got lots of gigs coming up next year, the Sweden Rock Magazine party on Jan 25th plus a whole bunch of cool shows, including... hopefully... an Ancient Dreams special anniversary show in Stockholm next fall/winter. It would be great if we could do that!"

"So, a sincere and heartfelt thanks from Candlemass to all our fans that have stood by us all these years... all of you that bought our records and came to the shows... and of course all of the journalists that voted for us! We love you all!"

Number two on the list are death metallers Entombed with Europe on number three.

Both Candlemass and Entombed will perform on two special concerts at Sweden Rock Magazine's 100th-issue party at Debaser Medis in Stockholm, Sweden on January 26th, 2013.

Candlemass recorded a heavy version of Entombed's classic song "To Ride, Shoot Straight And Speak The Truth". This marks vocalist Mats Levén's first official Candlemas recording since he took over from the recently departed Robert Lowe. Entombed are doing a cover of Candlemass' song "Black Dwarf" from 2005's comeback album Candlemass. These covers will be performed live at Sweden Rock Magazine's 100th-issue party. Ticket information here.

Source: candlemass.se
Band profile: Candlemass
 
Posted: 28.12.2012 by Vendetta


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30.12.2012 - 12:25
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by ManiacBlasphemer on 30.12.2012 at 01:45



Can't understand why people consider Bathory a copy-cat... Venom played a sort of guttural NWOBHM,


have you actually heard the two tracks by Bathory on the Swedish Metal Attack compilation?
If there ever was a Venom rip-off thiose two tracks certainly are.
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06.01.2013 - 06:37
4look4rd
The Sasquatch
I'm surprised that Nocturnal Rites made it to the list and Shining (the jazz/black metal band) did not. Also happy to see Pain of Salvation, and I think Evergrey deserves a spot too for their long streak of high quality albums.
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06.01.2013 - 12:57
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by 4look4rd on 06.01.2013 at 06:37

and Shining (the jazz/black metal band) did not.


SHining the jazzy one ios of course Norwegian
You probably mean SHining the depressive balck one which is Swedish
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06.01.2013 - 16:15
ZOMBIESiTellsYa
The Bathory vs. Candlemass thing over who was more influential seems sort of off the point as this was a list of the best bands, not the most influential. I don't think the two attributes are always in direct correlation, as what's "the best" is very subjective anyway.

Surprised Opeth didn't get it tbh, with how popular they are.

I'd say Amon Amarth are probably my favourite Swedish band. I like Candlemass too. And perhaps, after I listen to a few more of their albums, I'll consider Entombed to be the best. I've already listened to Left Hand Path and Clandestine and they're VERY solid
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10.01.2013 - 21:47
Evil Chip
Written by ZOMBIESiTellsYa on 06.01.2013 at 16:15

Surprised Opeth didn't get it tbh, with how popular they are.

Same. Judging based on pupularity is really common at least in these awards but then again Candlemass is not quite an underdog either.
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11.01.2013 - 00:52
ZOMBIESiTellsYa
Written by Evil Chip on 10.01.2013 at 21:47

Same. Judging based on pupularity is really common at least in these awards but then again Candlemass is not quite an underdog either.


True, it just seemed par for the course that Opeth would win this by a landslide, in my mind anyway. They're in the top 5 most popular bands on Metal Storm I think.

EDIT: scratch that, they are in fact the SECOND most popular on here, only just behind Iron Maiden. Pretty incredible.
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