"Death Magic Doom", the new album from Swedish/Texan doom legends Candlemass, sold around 800 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted at No. 79 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Death Magic Doom" entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 52. The group's previous CD, "King Of The Grey Islands", debuted at No. 83 back in June 2007.
Released in North America on May 5 via Nuclear Blast Records, "Death Magic Doom" features the following track listing:
01. If I Ever Die 02. Hammer Of Doom 03. The Bleeding Baroness 04. Demon Of The Deep 05. House Of 1000 Voices 06. Dead Angel 07. Clouds Of Dementia 08. My Funeral Dreams
Commented bassist/main songwriter Leif Edling: "The songs [on the new album] are about immortality, depressions, demons, vampires, funerals and the almighty devil that we all know very well, hehe. I love the way we perform here. Rob's [Lowe] singing and Lasse's [Lars Johansson, guitar] soloing are nothing but amazing!! The production is also outstanding! The name 'Death Magic Doom' captures it perfectly! Great name! Love it! It is very suitable for an album of this magnitude And it also describes what Candlemass is about; Heavy, hard, epic, colossal metal!!! I would say that 'Death Magic Doom' is the best album we have done since 'Nightfall' !! In all, [the LP contains] nearly 50 minutes of bone-crushing and mind-blowing doom metal!!"
Nuclear Blast mailorder is offering a limited-edition "Death Magic Doom" box set featuring the band's new album, an exclusive "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" poster flag and a numbered certificate of authenticity. It is limited to 500 copies and available for pre-order at this location.
Thanks for the report to Blabbermouth.net.