AVATARIUM, the new project led by Leif Edling, founding bassist and main songwriter of Swedish doom metal legends CANDLEMASS, has inked a deal with Nuclear Blast.

AVATARIUM‘s first release will be a 12-inch mini-LP, “Moonhorse”, featuring the title track, the B-side “Boneflower” as well as an acoustic cover version of BLACK SABBATH‘s “War Pigs”. It will arrive on on September 20.

In addition to Edling, AVATARIUM features Marcus Jindell (ROYAL HUNT, EVERGREY) on guitar, Lars Sköld (TIAMAT) on drums, Carl Westholm on keyboards and Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals.

Commented Edling: “AVATARIUM are so happy to sign with Nuclear Blast!

“We would like to take our music out to the world and no one does it better than Nuclear Blast.

AVATARIUM has only been around for about eight months, so we are thrilled to begin the mix of our first album and bring our special dark/heavy/poetic metal music to the masses.

“We love what we do with AVATARIUM and it’s an honor for us to join the Nuclear family!”

Added Nuclear Blast AR manager Jaap Wagemaker: “Nuclear Blast is very stoked to announce the return of Leif ‘The Master Of Doom’ Edling to the Nuclear family! We already had the pleasure of working with Leif and CANDLEMASS in the past, which was a great honor, as we have been fans of his doom metal since he started making music with NEMESIS, and we have followed him afterwards with all his other bands, like CANDLEMASS, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA and KRUX! We were all ears when he contacted us saying that he had founded a new band called AVATARIUM! As soon as we heard the music, we fell in love with it; [it contains] great melodies and riffs the way only Leif can write them and the angelic vocals by Jennie!

Leif did it again!

“We are very happy to welcome AVATARIUM to the Nuclear family. We simply can’t wait for you to listen to this amazing new band!”


Leif Edling: Bass
Jennie-Ann Smith: Vocals
Marcus Jidell: Guitar
Lars Sköld: Drums
Carl Westholm: Keyboards