In heavy metal, originality counts for almost everything. As the genre took root around the world, the gamesmanship found artists challenging what was previously thought to be possible on traditional rock instruments and evolution was the nucleus. For doom, though, it was about trying to stay as true to the path as Tony Iommi and his Black Sabbath cohorts laid out. The riff is the true measure of a doom band’s power as all bow and pay homage to Lord Iommi. Only an elite few have maintained their own identity along this road of worship and for so long, one of them being Sweden’s Candlemass and bassist Leif Edling. Candlemass formed in 1984 (and had been known as Nemesis in the two years prior), unleashing their unassuming debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in 1986. The album featured singer Johan Längquist, a hired studio gun, and the band undoubtedly never expected the record to become genre classic. Längquist was never a full-time member of the band as their legacy grew under the reign of the operatic Messiah Marcolin… until now. The singer reclaimed his post earlier this year, replacing Mats Levén, and will be making his first studio appearance with Candlemass...