Candlemass - Part Ways With Vocalist, Replacement Announced


Swedish doom metallers Candlemass have parted ways with vocalist Robert Lowe. The band released the following statement on the changes: "We are sorry to inform you that Robert Lowe is no longer the singer for Candlemass. It has been a very difficult decision for the band and has mainly to do with the quality of the live performances."

"For the upcoming shows Robert will be replaced with Mats Levén, longtime friend of the band. We are convinced this will work out just great. The band is currently rehearsing new and old songs with Mats and we know that nobody attending the gigs at Debaser Slussen, Metaltown, Borås or Southern Discomfort will be disappointed. Bring your earplugs... it will be hard, massive and loud! Keyboard player Per Wiberg is also joining Candlemass onstage for the live shows. Psalms for the dead... nothing else remains!"

Source: candlemass.se
Band profile: Candlemass
 
Posted: 02.06.2012 by Abattoir


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02.06.2012 - 20:45
Arcticus
Wow...ex-Therion and Opeth members, can't really go wrong there
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02.06.2012 - 21:03
J. N.
Preparing for the final gigs before putting down the instruments. Vocalist leaves the band. Nice.
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Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
- William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus: Act 4, Scene 2 (1593)
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02.06.2012 - 21:13
BlueMobius
Account deleted
Written by J. N. on 02.06.2012 at 21:03

Preparing for the final gigs before putting down the instruments. Vocalist leaves the band. Nice.


Sounds more like they kicked him out.
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02.06.2012 - 21:21
J. N.
Written by Guest on 02.06.2012 at 21:13
Sounds more like they kicked him out.

Missed the last sentence of the first paragraph, hahah. Oops!
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Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?
Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
- William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus: Act 4, Scene 2 (1593)
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02.06.2012 - 21:27
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
No disrespect against Lowe, he's an amazing vocalist, but I never really think his higher vocal range fit Candlemass (who have had a history of singers with deeper baritone vocals) to begin with. Curious to see who they come up with in his place.
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So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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02.06.2012 - 21:34
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I understand, specially considering the live performances. He wasn't that bad when I saw him at roadburn but still... Quite unproffesional in a couple of things.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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02.06.2012 - 23:22
exomorphyx89
Written by Apothecary on 02.06.2012 at 21:27

No disrespect against Lowe, he's an amazing vocalist, but I never really think his higher vocal range fit Candlemass (who have had a history of singers with deeper baritone vocals) to begin with. Curious to see who they come up with in his place.


Totally agree... Lowe is a great vocalist but NOT for Candlemass!
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03.06.2012 - 00:28
Cathval
I think this is a massive mistake on their part. Candlemass was extremely lackluster with Messiah as the singer. He sounded too cheery and upbeat to sing a catalog which is mean to be dark, foreboding, sinister, and have this particular atmosphere to it.

Sad. Rob Lowe's voice fits Candlemass perfectly. The "Ashes to Ashes" DVD blew me away. Feels like another Tim Owens moment with this one. Good thing we received two good albums out of them. If only they re-recorded the previous albums I'd find them listenable.

This band is one of those rare instances when the newer vocalist actually out-performed the original which they became famous for.
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03.06.2012 - 01:03
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Vocalist discussions are useless when Johan Längqvist owns them all.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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03.06.2012 - 01:24
DeathSlyzer
Written by Cathval on 03.06.2012 at 00:28

I think this is a massive mistake on their part. Candlemass was extremely lackluster with Messiah as the singer. He sounded too cheery and upbeat to sing a catalog which is mean to be dark, foreboding, sinister, and have this particular atmosphere to it.

Sad. Rob Lowe's voice fits Candlemass perfectly. The "Ashes to Ashes" DVD blew me away. Feels like another Tim Owens moment with this one. Good thing we received two good albums out of them. If only they re-recorded the previous albums I'd find them listenable.

This band is one of those rare instances when the newer vocalist actually out-performed the original which they became famous for.

I couldn't agree more. I'm sure there must be something wrong with me for not liking Messiah, but I just don't, and I really enjoyed Lowe's work with them. This was very sad news.
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03.06.2012 - 05:00
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
So, which singer will be on the new album? Had they already finished it?
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03.06.2012 - 06:26
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
Written by M C Vice on 03.06.2012 at 05:00

So, which singer will be on the new album? Had they already finished it?


Lowe sang on the new album. It'll be released in June.

As for his departure... He's a good vocalist and two previous albums with him was good but he clearly has a weaker voice than Messiah, which was evident when I watched their live performances with him.
Now I hope he will have time to record a new Solitude Aeturnus album.
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We are who we're afraid to be"
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04.06.2012 - 17:39
Enemy of Reality
About time!! Rob's work on the studio is great, but live he just stinks! Mats Leven is a awesome singer i think it will work out very well! Now it's time to come back to Portugal with Mats and of course Leif who was sick and missed his first gig here!
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04.06.2012 - 22:00
Bloody Rain
I Am The Night
Written by NocturnalStalker on 03.06.2012 at 06:26

Now I hope he will have time to record a new Solitude Aeturnus album.


My thoughts exactly!
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05.06.2012 - 06:16
bran
Sucks loved lowe in candlemass hope he goes and makes a new kicks ass solitude aeturnus album
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1. wintersun- time I
2. woods of ypres- woods V grey skies and electric light
3. agalloch- faustian echoes EP
4. the slow death- II
5. kreator- phantom antichrist
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05.06.2012 - 14:02
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by J. N. on 02.06.2012 at 21:03

Preparing for the final gigs before putting down the instruments. Vocalist leaves the band. Nice.


They are not preparing for the final gigs. They won't be releasing albums anymore but will still be performing live. That's what Leif said in an interview in the latest edition of Aardschok
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05.06.2012 - 19:21
J. N.
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.06.2012 at 14:02
They are not preparing for the final gigs. They won't be releasing albums anymore but will still be performing live. That's what Leif said in an interview in the latest edition of Aardschok

Ah, my bad.
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Demetrius: Villain, what hast thou done?
Aaron: That which thou canst not undo.
Chiron: Thou hast undone our mother.
Aaron: Villain, I have done thy mother.
- William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus: Act 4, Scene 2 (1593)
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06.06.2012 - 17:25
Passenger
Lost To Apathy
Lowe is a brilliant vocalist. I enjoy both his and Messiah's styles. Different, but I can't imagine their albums with Candlemass without them. I understand the reasons for this and just hope the new guy will be in the same level (which I already know he will be and you all should listen to Krux to know that too).
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09.06.2012 - 12:54
IronAngel
Sure sounds good. Video found through Doommantia:
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14.06.2012 - 21:41
Daggon
Underpaid M.D.
Part ways with vocalist... again. Oh well, I did not enjoy their latest album that much, too cheerful for their style, but I think they will find someone good for their line-up, I mean, they always find someone who fits in their music, and Mats Leven and Per Wiberg are nice live additions, if only they could come to Mexico City some day.
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