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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Syk - 29.12.2012 at 05:23  
Written by Amatsu Mikaboshi on 28.12.2012 at 20:20
Personally I find Bathory as the ultimate Scandinavian artist for me so far... I think both them and Candlemass equally just had a bad mid/late 90's streak, yet how that magazine didn't even show Bathory at all is one hell of a bitch please statement coming from me..
See the third highlighted link, in the opening paragraph? I believe that's a pic of the magazine cover... see Candlemass in big letters there, then Heavy Load underneath - look under "Load" to find Bathory. ...I had been thinking, perhaps exclusion cos the main guy[s] died, but... nope

After all this pish-posh, almost 30 years for Candy (congrats on both counts) and about 10 years of MS - this site still does not feature the band that did The Spooky Gloom? ...Wwwhy?
M C Vice - 29.12.2012 at 07:54  
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Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 13:20
Like the BeeGees were Australian, not British (which I've seen a few times) and the good Aussie tradition of claiming any famous Kiwi as our own.

And you can have Rolf Harris back as well if you like.

Aww, can't you guys keep him?
M C Vice - 29.12.2012 at 09:03  
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Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 12:59


Sinergy is from Finland, not Sweden

Formed in Sewden. One of the two founding members was Swedish. Based in Sweden for their first 2 years. 3/5 of the first lineup was Swedish. Beware The Heavens was Swedish.
I know they're listed here as Finnish and were based there from late 99 but they were originally Swedish.

MA also lists them as FInnish and as location Helsinki And as far as I know there aren't any Swedes part of the band any more.

King Diamond has been based in America since (I think) the late 90s but are still Danish (only King is Danish, though), so a band can relocate while still being considered as from their original country. Darkestrah was listed here as German for a while (they're originally from that 'stan country I can't spell). Let's just say Sinergy are duel-national and move on.
(back on topic) I'm suprised no one's mentioned Opeth or any of the Gotherberg bands yet.
gid - 29.12.2012 at 17:33  
Written by M C Vice on 29.12.2012 at 07:54

Written by gid on 28.12.2012 at 14:00

And you can have Rolf Harris back as well if you like.

Aww, can't you guys keep him?


Damn. We're never going to get rid of him.
tea[m]ster - 29.12.2012 at 17:40  
I think I had a Candlemass cd back in the late 80's and I know they are credited as being one of the founding fathers of doom metal but their is nooo waaay they are "better" than Opeth, gtfo. This seems more like a "lifetime achievement award".
thundercunt - 29.12.2012 at 17:47  
No love for my brothas arckanum, marduk, or unleashed
sall good tho, a brotha can undastand why candlemass make tops on a chart like dis one
they bin around forever and wrote sum great albums
exomorphyx89 - 29.12.2012 at 21:00  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 28.12.2012 at 19:27

Written by exomorphyx89 on 28.12.2012 at 19:25

Totally agree! All their releases are masterpieces except for Dactylis and 13th Sun in my humble opinion... sorry but I am a fuckin' purist metalhead.

Hail Candlemass!


Dactylis and 13th Sun are imo far far far superior to the horrendously bad album Candlemass released this year


It's a matter of perspective my friend... however I must say that even though I like so much almost all Candlemass releases, the best were released during the Messiah Marcolin-era.
Marcel Hubregtse - 29.12.2012 at 23:25  
Written by exomorphyx89 on 29.12.2012 at 21:00



It's a matter of perspective my friend... however I must say that even though I like so much almost all Candlemass releases, the best were released during the Messiah Marcolin-era.


nope, the best was the debut and that was without Messiah
exomorphyx89 - 29.12.2012 at 23:49  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 29.12.2012 at 23:25

Written by exomorphyx89 on 29.12.2012 at 21:00



It's a matter of perspective my friend... however I must say that even though I like so much almost all Candlemass releases, the best were released during the Messiah Marcolin-era.


nope, the best was the debut and that was without Messiah


Ouch! That was a low blow man... you're right, the debut is among the best and has brilliant vocals from Johan. This round was for you.
Cream - 30.12.2012 at 00:38  
Are there known attacks from outraged Opeth fans towards the magazine company?
ManiacBlasphemer - 30.12.2012 at 01:45  
Written by Valentin B on 28.12.2012 at 17:54

I think in the metal world, Candlemass is the Swedish band that deserved this award the most. They are the most consistent and influential Swedish metal band ever. Bathory was already riding the Hellhammer and Venom wave while Candlemass created what I still consider to be the best Doom album ever recorded, you know which one that is.

Still, knowing how these votes go, I'm surprised that Hammerfall and In Flames are not places 2 and 3, and that Entombed is so high on the list.


Can't understand why people consider Bathory a copy-cat... Venom played a sort of guttural NWOBHM, Hellhammer combined thrash metal with early death and black metal, they sound completely different, not to mention that all these 3 bands were born in entirely different places.

Maybe Venom, Hellhammer and later Celtic Frost paved the way for the future black metal scene, but it is also true that Bathory released one of the most influential black metal album, and maybe the album that triggered the Norwegian black metal scene, Under the Sign of the Black Mark back in 1987.

Like any band, Bathory had ups and downs, though albums like Hammerheart, Twilight of the Gods, Blood on Ice, Blood Fire Death or Nordland I & II are albums that have absolutely no equal, never heard of bands that could even get close to the feeling these albums deliver. Not to mention The Return and the self-titled debut album, pretty much insane records. I think we are way too quick to dismiss Bathory, while their contribution for the development of the extreme metal we know today is tremendous.

I am happy that Candlemass got the award, but I do not consider them as influential as Bathory.
Marcel Hubregtse - 30.12.2012 at 12:25  
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.
4look4rd - 06.01.2013 at 06:37  
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.
Marcel Hubregtse - 06.01.2013 at 12:57  
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
Cill O' Connor - 06.01.2013 at 16:15  
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
Evil Chip - 10.01.2013 at 21:47  
Written by Cill O' Connor 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.
Cill O' Connor - 11.01.2013 at 00:52  
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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