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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Warman - 28.12.2012 at 12:44  
Cool. Seems I have to buy this issue of Sweden Rock then.
M C Vice - 28.12.2012 at 12:59  
Best Swedish band ever? Really? Even without my bias towards Sinergy and Therion I don't believe it.
I bet some Opeth fans are gonna be pissed. (I assume Abba wasn't considered, considering they're the top selling Swedish band)
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 13:12  
Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 12:59

Best Swedish band ever? Really? Even without my bias towards Sinergy and Therion I don't believe it.
I bet some Opeth fans are gonna be pissed. (I assume Abba wasn't considered, considering they're the top selling Swedish band)


Sinergy is from Finland, not Sweden
M C Vice - 28.12.2012 at 13:20  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 13:12

Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 12:59

Best Swedish band ever? Really? Even without my bias towards Sinergy and Therion I don't believe it.

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 (Considering the lineup and sound change you could almost call them 2 separate bands) but they were originally Swedish. 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.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 13:40  
Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 13:20

Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 13:12

Written by M C Vice on 28.12.2012 at 12:59

Best Swedish band ever? Really? Even without my bias towards Sinergy and Therion I don't believe it.

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 (Considering the lineup and sound change you could almost call them 2 separate bands) but they were originally Swedish. 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.


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.
gid - 28.12.2012 at 14:00  
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.


Sorry, want to nitpick here: the BeeGees were formed while the brothers were living in Australia, but none of them are Australian by nationality. That and the bulk of their work was done while they were based in Britain. I think that qualifies them as British.

You get to claim AC/DC and Rose Tattoo. And you can have Rolf Harris back as well if you like.
White Death - 28.12.2012 at 14:02  
Congratulations to Candlemass and 9 other bands I love, making the list
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 14:22  
Concerning the Beegees, they are indeed English

" Born in the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived their first few years in Chorlton, Manchester, England, then moved in the late 1950s to Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia, where they began their music careers.[1] After achieving their first chart success in Australia with "Spicks and Specks" (their 12th single), they returned to the United Kingdom in January 1967 where producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience."
BudDa - 28.12.2012 at 14:26  
None of those. Unless ofcourse its the best bands in Sweden right now. Otherwise the best band ever in Sweden is Abba. Followed by those guys who sung "I saw the Sign". Seriously! Who doesn't know this?
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 14:28  
Written by BudDa on 28.12.2012 at 14:26

None of those. Unless ofcourse its the best bands in Sweden right now. Otherwise the best band ever in Sweden is Abba. Followed by those guys who sung "I saw the Sign". Seriously! Who doesn't know this?


Abba are terrible in my books.

Mmm I don't know " I saw the sign"
BloodTears - 28.12.2012 at 14:33  
Probably Ace Of Base

But this is a rock magazine, so it's normal they focus on those bands instead of Abba.
BudDa - 28.12.2012 at 14:34  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:28


Abba are terrible in my books.

Mmm I don't know " I saw the sign"


Oh comeon Marcel! What did Abba ever do to U?

Lol. "I Saw The Sign" was done by Ace Of Base..
Mr. Doctor - 28.12.2012 at 14:34  
Fuck Abba....
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 14:35  
Written by BudDa on 28.12.2012 at 14:34

Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:28


Abba are terrible in my books.

Mmm I don't know " I saw the sign"


Oh comeon Marcel! What did Abba ever do to U?

Lol. "I Saw The Sign" was done by Ace Of Base..



I know Ace Of Base, but not that song hahahaha

Abba never did anything to me except for releasing SHIT music.
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 14:40  
I think it says a lot about Sweden, that a mainstream rock publication features two extreme metal acts as the greatest ever Swedish bands. In most other parts of the world, bands like Candlemass and Entombed probably wouldn't even feature at alll in any mainstream "best bands" poll, let alone top it. So kudos to Sweden for giving those bands the respect they deserve!
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 14:41  
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.12.2012 at 14:40

I think it says a lot about Sweden, that a mainstream rock publication features two extreme metal acts as the greatest ever Swedish bands. In most other parts of the world, bands like Candlemass and Entombed probably wouldn't even feature at alll in any mainstream "best bands" poll, let alone top it. So kudos to Sweden for giving those bands the respect they deserve!


since when are Candlemass an extreme metal act?
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 14:47  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:41
since when are Candlemass an extreme metal act?


Doom is generally regarded as an extreme genre, and most certainly in a publication called "Classic Rock". Europe are at 3, Entombed and Candlemass are at 2 and 1.... are Candlemass extreme compared to bands like Europe? Of course they are!

In these days, where there are more extreme sub-genres of doom around, then Candlemass aren't really extreme in that regard. But this has to be taken in context.
BudDa - 28.12.2012 at 14:47  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:35


I know Ace Of Base, but not that song hahahaha



Really?! Wasn't it like their biggest hit?Lol.

erm "(I Saw)The Sign" was to Ace Of Base kinda like "Ride On Time" was to Black Box
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 14:49  
The only Ace Of Base song I know is that "all that she wants, is another baby" song...
BudDa - 28.12.2012 at 14:50  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.12.2012 at 14:34

Fuck Abba....


Lol. TAKE THAT BACK!
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 14:54  
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.12.2012 at 14:47

Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:41
since when are Candlemass an extreme metal act?


Doom is generally regarded as an extreme genre, and most certainly in a publication called "Classic Rock". Europe are at 3, Entombed and Candlemass are at 2 and 1.... are Candlemass extreme compared to bands like Europe? Of course they are!

In these days, where there are more extreme sub-genres of doom around, then Candlemass aren't really extreme in that regard. But this has to be taken in context.


Doom has never been regarded as extreme metal except for some extreme doom.
Back in the day when Candlemass started they were regarded as melodic metal, same for Trouble and such.
Even in context Candlemass don't play any sort of extreme metal.
Europe's first two are almost as heavy.
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 14:59  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:54
Doom has never been regarded as extreme metal except for some extreme doom.
Back in the day when Candlemass started they were regarded as melodic metal, same for Trouble and such.
Even in context Candlemass don't play any sort of extreme metal.
Europe's first two are almost as heavy.


What? I can honestly say I've never heard of Candlemass being reffered to as "melodic metal". Anyhows, I could be wrong, but the more extreme versions of doom didn't exist when Candlemass first started...

I hope you're not going to try and insinuate now that "Left Hand Path" and "Clandestine" are not extreme metal albums.
PocketMetal - 28.12.2012 at 15:15  
I like Pain of Salvation and Opeth better , but I have high respect for Candlemass .
Diablo Swing Orchestra should be on the top 10 years from now
Slayerus23 - 28.12.2012 at 16:11  
Best band in Sweden was ABBA imo.
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.12.2012 at 16:16  
It's just a shame Candlemass ended their recording career on an all-time low.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 16:22  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.12.2012 at 16:16

It's just a shame Candlemass ended their recording career on an all-time low.


abolutely 110% true
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 16:25  
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.12.2012 at 14:59


What? I can honestly say I've never heard of Candlemass being reffered to as "melodic metal". Anyhows, I could be wrong, but the more extreme versions of doom didn't exist when Candlemass first started...




nobody was saying more extreme doom existed when Candlemass first started, I am just saying Candlemass or any other doom band such as Trouble were never considered extreme metal back in the day when they started, just normal melodic metal.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 16:31  
Actually Dream Death started off around the same time as Candlemass so there was extreme doom around
Apothecary - 28.12.2012 at 16:37  
Kinda surprises me that they chose Candlemass over Bathory
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 16:40  
Written by Apothecary on 28.12.2012 at 16:37

Kinda surprises me that they chose Candlemass over Bathory


Bathory has a lot more crappy albums than Candlemass, even though Candlemass' last one was kinda shite
Apothecary - 28.12.2012 at 16:51  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 16:40

Written by Apothecary on 28.12.2012 at 16:37

Kinda surprises me that they chose Candlemass over Bathory


Bathory has a lot more crappy albums than Candlemass, even though Candlemass' last one was kinda shite

Yeah, but as far as which band contributed more to the development of Swedish metal as a whole, it's gotta be Bathory. But that's alright though, because really, how often do bands get the credit they're fully do?
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 16:53  
Written by Apothecary on 28.12.2012 at 16:51


Yeah, but as far as which band contributed more to the development of Swedish metal as a whole, it's gotta be Bathory. But that's alright though, because really, how often do bands get the credit they're fully do?



imo and that of loads of others Candlemass are just as influential as Bathory, and at least Candlemass didn't start off as a rip off band whereas Bathory's first couple of released songs were 100% Venom rip offs
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 17:16  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 16:31

Actually Dream Death started off around the same time as Candlemass so there was extreme doom around


It took you a while to remember that one!

I dunno, maybe it's cos I'm from the UK, but certainly when I was younger, Candlemass were talked of as an underground, extreme band in our press. Nonetheless, extreme or not, Candlemass have never exactly been a mainstream band. At least not when compared with some of the other bands in that Classic Rock list. And the same can certainly be said of Entombed, who most certainly are, (Although I'm sure there are some who will debate on whether that tag still applies to them now, but it definitely once did) an extreme band. Perhaps if I lived in Sweden, this wouldn't be such a surprise... I dunno, maybe some Swedes can chime in here! But certainly from my view, having those two bands topping such a list in a mainstream rock mag is very surprising to me.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 17:21  
Written by Angelic Storm on 28.12.2012 at 17:16



I dunno, maybe it's cos I'm from the UK, but certainly when I was younger, Candlemass were talked of as an underground, extreme band in our press.

of course, because UK metal press were totally crap back then, only okay press was Metal Forces. And still most UK metal press is dodgy at best. Only okay zines are Zero Tolerance and Iron Fist currently.
And the UK fans were crap as well. The UK was the only place in Europe where Motley Crue didn't have to cancel gigs because of low ticket sales.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 17:28  
Candlemass were never really underground to be honest. hell they played Dynamo Open Air in 1987 in front of 22,000 people with only six bands playing that day on one stage.
Valentin B - 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.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 17:59  
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.


well, actually Candlemass were already the Black Sabbath and Trouble wave, especially Trouble when they recorded their first stuff. Leif Edling even said as much in interviews over the years
Valentin B - 28.12.2012 at 18:03  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 17:59

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.


well, actually Candlemass were already the Black Sabbath and Trouble wave, especially Trouble when they recorded their first stuff. Leif Edling even said as much in interviews over the years

yeah I figured that too. Knowing other bands like Saint Vitus in the same time frame or Sabbath around 15 years before them, I don't consider them to be purely original, but when it comes to quality and influence, I think most people should agree that Candlemass is the band that deserves that award.
Xnoybis - 28.12.2012 at 18:11  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 14:54

Doom has never been regarded as extreme metal except for some extreme doom.
Back in the day when Candlemass started they were regarded as melodic metal, same for Trouble and such.
Even in context Candlemass don't play any sort of extreme metal.


if anything, considering the growing thrash/speed movement, Candlemass were a step away from extremity when they came out. i recall reading in an interview with one of the Seattle grunge bands that they loved the band after hearing "Gallow's Pole" was on local college rock stations.
Boxcar Willy - 28.12.2012 at 18:13  
This thread is pretty hilarious

I've never even heard Candlemass to be honest.
Angelic Storm - 28.12.2012 at 18:23  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 17:21
of course, because UK metal press were totally crap back then, only okay press was Metal Forces. And still most UK metal press is dodgy at best. Only okay zines are Zero Tolerance and Iron Fist currently.
And the UK fans were crap as well. The UK was the only place in Europe where Motley Crue didn't have to cancel gigs because of low ticket sales.


Well, for all I know, Candlemass may have been big elsewhere, but they certainly never got much press over here. Entombed were sort of semi-well known because of the death metal boom of the early 90's, but even that didn't last very long. I think the problem with the UK, is the press, even the metal press, is usually geared to what's trendy at the time. It's more about trends than anything else. So if you weren't interested in the trends, it was quite difficult to find out about bands outside of that. Although Terrorizer was a good mag for bands outwith the trendy circle. Though even that mag now has become a bit trendy.

It's okay now, because of the net, but back then, it wasn't easy to keep abreast of what was going on metal-wise outside of the trend bubble. I think that's why I tended to buy non-UK metal mags to get my metal news from. Certainly, if Candlemass were big in other parts of Europe, I was unaware of it. They were hardly covered at all over here back in the 80's and 90's.
Mountain King - 28.12.2012 at 19:05  
Entombed and Candlemass? More like Europe, Hammerfall, Lost Horizon, Andromeda, Dragonland...
@gent_-_orange - 28.12.2012 at 19:07  
None of those bands are anywhere close to either Entombed or Candlemass.
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 19:25  
Written by @gent_-_orange on 28.12.2012 at 19:07

None of those bands are anywhere close to either Entombed or Candlemass.



my thoughts exactly especially the ones he named after Europe
exomorphyx89 - 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!
Ozman - 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
Mattybu - 28.12.2012 at 19:54  
I don't think Candlemass is the best band from Sweden although they are really good... But it must be a slow news day on metal storm when the news is rankings from a magazine haha.
Lit. - 28.12.2012 at 20:14  
Written by Boxcar Willy on 28.12.2012 at 18:13

I've never even heard Candlemass to be honest.

Then go listen to Epicus Doomus Metallicus and repent your sins.
Amatsu Mikaboshi - 28.12.2012 at 20:20  
Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 16:53

imo and that of loads of others Candlemass are just as influential as Bathory, and at least Candlemass didn't start off as a rip off band whereas Bathory's first couple of released songs were 100% Venom rip offs


Now I still haven't been arsed with Venom yet as I should, but what was that whole story with them and Bathory over their similar sound an actual genuine plagiarism? Wasn't it simply really because of Quorthons ignorance to them at the time? 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..
Ozman - 28.12.2012 at 20:22  
Written by Amatsu Mikaboshi on 28.12.2012 at 20:20

Written by Ozman on 28.12.2012 at 16:53

imo and that of loads of others Candlemass are just as influential as Bathory, and at least Candlemass didn't start off as a rip off band whereas Bathory's first couple of released songs were 100% Venom rip offs


Now I still haven't been arsed with Venom yet as I should, but what was that whole story with them and Bathory over their similar sound an actual genuine plagiarism? Wasn't it simply really because of Quorthons ignorance to them at the time? 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..


Quorthon said years he had never heard Venom, which is highly unikely since Venom were a well-known metal band at the time and those first couple of tracks by Bathory sound like pure Venom

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