Talking about going back to the roots, or better saying epic doom metal roots; Johan Langquist, the guy behind the microphone of Candlemass doom metal bible “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” has acording to the bands Facebook replaced Mats Levén who was in the band a little longer then a decade.
This is the statement from the Candlemass Facebook page:
THE RETURN TO DOOM!!
EPICUS DOOMICUS METALLICUS SINGER JOHAN LANGQUIST IS BACK IN CANDLEMASS!
Shocking news! EPICUS singer Johan Langquist is back after a 32 year hiatus replacing Mats Levén who’s been with the band since 2012. This is right in the middle of recording the new album. What happened?
“We wanted to find our way back to the roots of Candlemass, back to the soul and essence of the band. Johan Langquist is back and we hope this will give us some new energy and kickstart the heart of doom again. We don’t know if it will last 10 more years or even 5, but if it will give us just another year of having fun and playing the music that we love so much, it will be a blast! The circle is closed, Johan is back!”
More news will follow soon…
Johan was asked to join permanently Candlemass since the first album(back in in the 80s and during the Chapter IV era) but he decided to focus on his solo carrier.
In more recent years, Johan has frequently joined Candlemass on stage, to perform “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” in its entirety.
So this is a reunion long time in the making. We will keep you updated.