Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS will release their 11th and final album, “Psalms For The Dead”, on June 8 via Napalm Records. A limited-edition seven-inch vinyl single contaning two album tracks —“Dancing In The Temple Of The Mad Queen Bee” and “The Killing Of The Sun” — preceded the full-length effort on April 13.
CANDLEMASS will celebrate the release of the new album with June 5 performance at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm, Sweden. The band will play a full set that will contain songs from the new CD, a few surprises and some classics.
“Psalms For The Dead” track listing:
02. The Sound Of Dying Demons
03. Dancing In The Temple (Of The Mad Queen Bee)
05. The Lights Of Thebe
06. Psalms For The Dead
07. The Killing Of The Sun
08. Siren Song
09. Black As Time
10. Sadness Runs Deep (7″ bonus single)
11. Beneath The Fire (7″ bonus single)
“This record represents everything that is CANDLEMASS,” Leif Edling states. “It is big, fat, epic and heavy, and it’s also metal as fuck! We couldn’t have done a better album! It’s our last one and we put just all we had into it. ‘Psalms For The Dead’ is an album about the presence and absence of time, false prophets and inner demons….hymns, regret and farewell. Let there be doom!”
Despite the fact that “Psalms For The Dead” is being billed as CANDLEMASS‘ final studio album, Edling told Terrorizer magazine in a recent interview that the group is not planning on hanging it up anytime soon.
“We’re not splitting up,” he said. “Yes, this is to be our last album, but we don’t plan to disappear from the scene for quite awhile. We will tour this year, hopefully the next one as well, and then there’s our upcoming 30th anniversary. So plenty more doom to come! It’s just that we want to stop before we get too old and start putting out half-lame albums. Instead, we’ll slowly fade away into the sunset with our dignity intact. We’re not young anymore. Actually, some of the stuff I’ve been writing for this album ism in fact, about saying goodbye. It’s a bit psalm-like in parts and has got a big epic vibe.”
He added, “I have got a very good feeling about this album. It’s so metal, so heavy, so doomy, so epic.. It’s fucking colossal! I think this will turn out as good as [2009’s] ‘Death Magic Doom’, something I thought would be impossible.”
On May 16, Natalie of Natalie’s World conducted an interview with Leif Edling. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.