Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS will release a special 30th-anniversary EP titled “Death Thy Lover” on June 3 via Napalm. The four-track effort — which features Mats Levén on vocals — was recorded during September/October and will be made available as a four-page digipack, one-LP gatefold edition and one-LP gatefold webstore edition and old-school “skull-and-cross” slipmat. The cover artwork for the EP was created by Erik Rovanperä.
The official lyric video for the “Death Thy Lover” title track can be seen below.
Commented CANDLEMASS bassist and main songwriter Leif Edling: “We said we wouldn’t record an album, but we had to release something for the 30th anniversary of CANDLEMASS, so it became this EP.
“‘Death Thy Lover’ is in a way a typical CANDLEMASS song and in a way not typical for us. The chorus is pretty poppy, if I can use that word — I would never have imagined I would use a term like that to describe anything CANDLEMASS — but the main riff is very metal and the opening is us going classic ANVIL.”
He continued: “Our old friend and now singer Mats Levén is doing a great job on the song. He’s also exactly what we needed live, and the band has became even better with him in the camp.”
“Death Thy Lover” track listing:
01. Death Thy Lover
02. Sleeping Giant
03. Sinister N Sweet
04. The Goose
“The live shows we’ve done after ‘Psalms For The Dead’ (2012) have been fantastic,” said CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats “Mappe” Björkman. “Mats has done a great job fronting CANDLEMASS and I don’t think we’ve ever been this good on stage before! Wacken, Bang Your Head!!!, Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Metal Days, Metallsvenskan, Maryland Death Fest… We have conquered them all.”
Edling is slowly getting better from his chronic fatigue syndrome, and participated in the EP recordings.