Candlelight Records extends a Happy New Years greeting to all our media, retail, and band friends around the globe. We have an active year planned and hope you will find many records of interest over the next twelve months. As always, if you have any questions or need anything, just ask one of our staffers and we’ll gladly sort. And now for the news…


We are proud to announce a number of new signings to the label.

EARTH CRISIS (World): No hardcore or metal fan can be unaware of EARTH CRISIS or the contribution the Syracuse-based band has made to heavy music since their founding in 1989. Now in 2013, the band begins a new chapter with a new record, a new label, a new quest to deliver music as only they can. Expected to begin recording late spring, watch for updates as the five-piece prep for an active and productive year.

PALEHORSE (World): Terrorizer Magazine call this UK bevy, “a band who marry a palpable viciousness of delivery with a desire to sidestep heavy amplification convention in search of a more unsettling and uncompromising onslaught.” Together since 2000, the band have released two full-length albums; both overwhelmingly received by media. Now for album number three, the band expects to turn even more heads.

DEMON LUNG (World): The Las Vegas-based quartet have completed recording with Billy Anderson and are anticipating a late spring release. The band notes of the recording adventure, “recording with Billy was an amazing experience creatively and personally. Having never met him before, we were a bit intimidated by his resume and the fact that he has recorded some of our favorite albums. But within the first three minutes we knew we were in good hands.” Anderson notes, “it’s going to be an epic album by an epic band.”

VOICES (World): Featuring Akercocke/My Dying Bride drummer David Gray with Akercocke’s Peter Benjamin and Sam Loynes, this new UK-based black metal band is set to release their debut via Candlelight in the coming months. From the Human Forest Create A Fugue of Imaginary Rain was recorded at London’s Legacy Studios and was produced by Dan Abela. Terrorizer has already called the record “a unique beast brimming with ultra-blasts and dexterous riffing.”

CNOC UN TURSA (World): The epic sounds of this Scottish quartet will impress those that enjoy the diversity of the current pagan/black/folk metal explosion. The band’s Candlelight debut, The Giants Of Auld, was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales by acclaimed producer Chris Fielding (Primordial, Electric Wizard). It is set for North American release late March. Heathen Harvest calls the album “a potent mixture of black metal riffage and rousing, epic atmosphere.”

NON EXISTENCE (World): The Austria-based band fronted by Philip Santoll is ready to unveil their second album via Candlelight this spring. Antarctica combines the familiar bombast of Dimmu Borgir with an Arcturus-like avant-garde swagger, and the melancholy of My Dying Bride. The band says the album is as cold and massive as it is beautiful and raw. The album follows up the band’s 2007 debut, Nihil.

MAEL MORDHA (World): With three full-length albums already to their credit, Ireland’s Gaelic doomsters now join forces with Candlelight for their next chapter. The quintet is currently busy working on the follow-up to 2010’s Manannan. The band recently performed alongside Primordial at the Redemption Festival in Dublin. Rotting Christ, Solstafir, and labelmates Winterfylleth were also featured on the bill.

HOPELESS YOUTH (World): These Canadians have been stumbling between basement shows and venues as they strive to bring fast aggressive music to everyone. After self releasing their own self-titled ep, Hopeless Youth have proved that they have what it takes to go to the next level. Now signed to Candlelight, the five-piece will be releasing a full length with plans to tour the world. Whether it’s beer soaked or sober, they’ll stop at nothing to play everywhere.

SHADE EMPIRE (World): Finland-based symphonic black metal band are set to silence a four year hiatus with a new record via candlelight records. Metal Observer calls the band, “a smorgasbord of melodic thrash, technical death metal, and synthesized chaos with an industrial sheen.” Chronicles of Chaos call them, “a veritable melting pot of metal genres.” It will be exciting to hear what this six-piece have in store for fans in the coming months.

ARMED FOR APOCALYPSE (Europe): The Sacramento band is hard-at-work on album number two. It is expected for release late spring. Featuring former members of Will Haven, the four-piece has performed alongside a wide-range of artists including Unearth, The Used, Static-X, Helmet, Lazarus A.D., and The Funeral Pyre.

THE WOUNDED KINGS (World): From the misty moors of Dartmoor, the respected quartet now call Candlelight their home. Roadburn alumni, WOUNDED KINGS have a sizeable world following and their new record is already eagerly anticipated. Aquarian Weekly says the band’s “riffs are so locked in doom lore that you can almost imagine there was a thin sheet of dust on the two-inch tape this was plainly recorded on from the irregularly dusted castle it was plainly recorded in.”

SADGIQACEA (World): Heavy Planet says, “while destroying everything in their path, Philadelphia-based Sadgiqacea creates an inspiring assault of beauty meets devastation. Crushing riffs and ambient beauty swirl as the vocals bark… epic and full on sludge.” Fueled by the duo of Evan Schaefer and Fred Grabosky, the band recently completed their Candlelight debut. Expect an April release.

HYBRIS (World): Weaving technical thrash with classic heavy metal and strong hints of progressive, these London thrashers are set to unveil their debut album late spring. Band founder/leader Federica proves that girls can truly thrash. The band has been regulars to the stage, playing alongside Municipal Waste, Helstar, Volture, and others.


ORANGE GOBLIN (World): Ready for what could be the biggest year in their career, the ORANGE GOBLIN boys are ready to hit the road to support their forthcoming A Eulogy For The Fans/Orange Goblin Live 2012. The cd/dvd will hit North American stores on March 12; just as the band begins their first stateside tour in many a year. Teaming up with Clutch, the band will visit cities all over the US and Canada playing fan favorites from their extensive recording registry. Confirmed tour dates are noted in the tour section below.

IHSAHN (World): The former Emperor vocalist/guitarist is set to touchdown on US soil for this year’s Maryland Death Festival. This will be only the second time the highly respected musician has performed as a solo artist since setting out on his own (following the 2001 demise of Emperor). He is already feverously working on new material which he plans to record in the coming months; songs to be included on his fourth solo recording anticipated for late year.

HAVOK (World): The Denver thrashers are getting ready to hit the studio to record what is expected to be a highly anticipated album. Planned for release late June, the still untitled album will follow Time Is Up, the offering that really opened doors for the still young quartet. The band was a performer on Barge to Hell (alongside At The Gates, Napalm Death, Behemoth, and labelmates Corrosion of Conformity, among others). Watch for more recording details in the coming weeks.

WOE (World): The third record from the Philadelphia black metal band is set to be released this spring. Hailed by media since their debut, A Spell for the Death of Man, in 2008, WOE has slowly built a solid fanbase with Metal Sucks saying, “this is the sound of black metal to come.” Teeth of the Divine note, “WOE carve out their own niche amid the US black metal scene without bowing down to either forced brittle Scandinavian worship, post rock injections or self loathing depression.”

MEADS OF ASPHODEL (World): Finishing up work on Sonderkommando, their second album for Candlelight, the UK-based black metal medievalists, plan to take their loyal fanbase on another dynamic adventure. Stereogum notes, “it’s impossible to nail their sound without just diving in,” when detailing the band’s unique sound. It is hard to pinpoint when you consider the band have covered Stiff Little Fingers, Discharge, the Stranglers, Conflict, Skeptix, the Kinks, and completed a split recording with Mayhem in 2002.

Also coming…. new recordings from ALTAR OF PLAGUES (Europe), LIMBONIC ART (World), and ABIGAIL WILLIAMS (World).

Candlelight Artists On Tour:

3/08/2013 Bogarts – Cincinnati OH
3/09/2013 Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
3/10/2013 Pop’s – Sauget, IL
3/11/2013 Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – Little Rock, AR
3/12/2013 Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
3/14/2013 Palladium Ballroom – Dallas, TX
3/18/2013 Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
3/19/2013 The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
3/21/2013 House of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
3/22/2013 The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
3/23/2013 Hard Rock Café – Las Vegas, NV
3/24/2013 House of Blues – Anaheim, CA

1/26/2013 Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
1/27/2013 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
2/01/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
2/02/2013 Whiskey a Go-Go – Hollywood, CA

2/10/13 – Bunkhouse Saloon, Las Vegas NV w/ Castle
3/16/13 – Cheyenne Saloon, Las Vegas NV w/ Gravehill, Avenger of Blood