Candlemass has released two EPs over the past few years but have never followed up their 2012 full-length record Psalms For The Dead. The band has now announced they're doing exactly that on February 22 with a brand new album titled The Door To Doom, which will spectacularly feature a guest guitar solo on the song "Astorolus – The Great Octopus" from the godfather of doom himself, Black Sabbath's own Tony Iommi.
Here's what Iommi and bassist Leif Edling had to say about the guest spot.
Iommi: "Candlemass are a major force in Scandinavian heavy rock and have always acknowledged the influence we had on their music. They asked if I'd contribute to a track which sounded pretty good so I thought, 'Why not?'"
Edling: "We feel very honoured that Tony Iommi said yes to play the solo on 'Astorolus'. The song was sent to the management and amazingly enough, the master agreed to let his mighty SG sing on the track! For me personally, this is a dream come true. Tony Iommi has always been my hero and guiding light when it comes to heavy music, so to hear that he likes the song and also would like to play on it gave me chills down the spine! I'm still in shock! But kudos to him to be so cool to even listen to it. Hats off! Tony Iommi is and will always be God!"
The Door To Doom will also feature vocalist Johan Längquist, who was the band's studio vocalist in 1986 on their classic debut record Epicus Doomicus Metallicus.