A band that have their own chapter in The National Encyclopedia of Doom Metal. Candlemass
released the first masterpiece of misery in 1986 with the classic "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus"
, and from that moment the world judged heaviness with new sad eyes. If you could drop an anvil from the top of the Empire state building you would still not understand how heavy this band is. When darkness isn't dark enough and massive suicidal thoughts ooze out of a record with the weight of a black hole, this is what happens. In 1987 their follow-up "Nightfall"
was released and Candlemass became darlings of the international press. Destined to world-domination and fame, these Swedes toured all over the world over and over again determined to save us from the light mainstream metal of Guns n´ Roses and Metallica. They even had a monk on stage. After nearly half a million sales from both sides the atlantic, Candlemass disappeared from the scene in 1993. Much to the grief of uncountable metal fans around the world they did not reunite until 2003, but have since continued to never stop slaying audiences worldwide.