Grammy-nominated classic doom icons CANDLEMASS don’t even need to drop a full-length for every release to prove they belong at the top of an entire genre and beyond. Fully comprised of never-before-heard, unused tracks cut from the The Door To Doomrecording sessions, the band has just announced the release of a masterful new EP, The Pendulum, due out March 27, 2020 via Napalm Records!
The Pendulum perfectly showcases that these timeless Swedish pioneers are the undisputed kings of epic doom. The fully-mastered opener/title track “The Pendulum” charges in with a melodic, head-swinging, thrashy rush – setting the stage for the raw, unfiltered steamrolling demo cuts to follow. Listen to the track’s unadulterated doom heaviness and watch a brand new lyric video for “The Pendulum” below.
Says band mastermind Leif Edling: The Pendulum is about hard riffing, epic choruses and total delusion the fanatical way. It is in fact the last thing I wrote for The Door To Doom album but didn’t have the time to finish it. Here it is in its grand/mad luster with a great mix by Niklas Flyckt, and produced by Marcus Jidell. It is followed by 5 unreleased demos from the DTD sessions because the whole sha-bang was at first supposed to be a double effort but got trimmed down to a single album eventually.
“I love ‘The Pendulum’ track, album quality if you ask me, and songs like ‘The Porcelain Skull’ and ‘Snakes Of Goliath’ are not bad either. They just didn’t make it to the final thing. So I hope you like this EP that features the “missing” songs. The last pieces of the puzzle of the 1 year recording that became the album Door To Doom. Enjoy!”
The Pendulum track listing:
- The Pendulum
- Snakes Of Goliath
- Sub Zero
- Porcelain Skull
- The Cold Room
This six track EP leads the listener through a maze of frenzied riffing, accented by Johan Langquist’s distinctive vocals and the unique, melancholy sound that has proven CANDLEMASS to be a heavy metal staple. The Pendulum is a MUST-HAVE for every classic doom record collection, and will stave off the hunger for more until the band’s next full-length hits.