Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS played their first show with stand-in singer Mats Levén this past Tuesday, June 5 at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm, Sweden.
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert’s opening song, “Prophet”, can be seen below.
Levén is a former member of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION and TREAT, who also plays with CANDLEMASS bassist/mainman Leif Edling in KRUX.
In a statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Mats said, “I’m helping my friends in CANDLEMASS with the shows booked so far. Looking forward to that, for sure. [However], the only band I’m a permanent member of is KRUX.”
Also joining the group for the current live performances is keyboard player Per Wiberg (OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS).
CANDLEMASS earlier in the month parted ways singer Robert Lowe. According to the band, this was “a very difficult decision” to make and “has mainly to do with the quality of the live performances.”
Lowe — who is still a member of SOLITUDE AETERNUS — joined CANDLEMASS in January 2007 and sang on the band’s last three studio albums: “King Of The Grey Islands” (2007), “Death Magic Doom” (2009) and “Psalms For The Dead” (2012).
CANDLEMASS will release its 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.