||Swedish doom metal legends Candlemass will perform the album Ancients Dreams in its entirety at Mikael Åkerfeldt's 2014 curated Roadburn event on April 11th at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. The festival has also confirmed the likes of Avatarium, Obliteration, Elephant9 with Reine Fiske, Trettioåriga Kriget and Promise And The Monster to enrich their line-up.
Says Mikael Åkerfeldt: "Wow, just wow! I am friends with the entire band, and especially boss / bass player Leif Edling. He is just a text message away and we meet up frequently to talk music and eat spicy food. Under the influence of... beer. And fine Italian wine. When Opeth started, myself and founder David Isberg agreed that our sounds should be a mix of Mercyful Fate, Bathory, Mefisto and Candlemass. It's such an amazing honour for me to share stage with one of my primal influences since the dawn of Opeth. Leif has always had a chip on his shoulder when it comes to their timeless masterpiece; Ancient Dreams. I don't know what it is, since I've always held that record in such high regard. At Roadburn we'll get a rare chance to witness it performed in its entirety. Maybe Leif has changed his mind, I don't know, but I won't f*cking complain though, that's for sure."
Candlemass mastermind Leif Edling adds: "It will be a total joy to perform Ancient Dreams at Roadburn! It's a classic record that has been a bit overlooked through the years, and quite truthfully, I haven't been in total love with it since the production doesn't reach Nightfall standards. But nevertheless, the music is good. Songs like 'Mirror Mirror', 'Darkness In Paradise', 'Bearer Of Pain' and the title track are really cool pieces that we'll love to play once again. Slow, heavy and majestic... they're my own key words to describe this album, and to play 'Incarnation Of Evil' and 'The Epistle' live for the first time will be interesting... hehe! I could never imagine that I would still be playing this weird doom metal that we started over 25 years ago, and to have a special performance doing Ancient Dreams is totally surreal if you ask me... but FUN AS HELL!! Maybe I can persuade Mikael Å to grab the microphone and join us on stage... I'll work on it."
The Roadburn huge line-up so far: 16, 40 Watt Sun, 11Paranoias, Age Of Taurus, Anciients, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, ASG, A Storm Of Light, Avatarium, Beastmilk, Bölzer, Bong, Brutus, Buzzov•en, Candlemass, Carlton Melton, Comus, Conan, Corrections House, Crowbar, Elephant9, E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr, Freedom Hawk, Glitter Wizard, Goblin, Gozu, Graves At Sea, HARK, The Heads (ft.John Mcbain), Horse Latitudes, Hull, Inter Arma, Kandodo, KEN Mode, Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies, Locrian, Loop, Lord Dying, Lumerians, Magma, Mansion, Momentum, Monster Truck, Morne, Napalm Death, New Keepers Of The Water Towers, Noothgrush, Obliteration, Old Man Gloom, Opeth (Mikael Åkerfeldt Curator Roadburn Festival 2014), Papir, Procession, Promise And The Monster, Regarde Les Hommes Tomber, Samothrace, Scorpion Child, Sourvein, Sula Bassana, The Body, The Cult Of Dom Keller, The Great Old Ones, The Shrine, The Oath, The Old Wind, The Papermoon Sessions (Papir meets Electric Moon), The Vintage Caravan, Trettioåriga Kriget, Tribulation, Triptykon, True Widow, Tyranny, Whitehorse, Windhand and Yob.
Roadburn Festival 2014 will run for four days from April 10th to April 13th, 2014 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. More details can be found here.