The Pendulum
The Pendulum
Extended play by Candlemass
Released March 27 2020
Recorded 2018 at Deep Well Studio and Hagaton Studio
Genre Doom Metal, Epic Doom Metal
Length 19:59
Producer Marcus Jidell, Leif Edling
Candlemass chronology
The Door To Doom
The Pendulum

The Pendulum is a forthcoming EP by the epic doom metal band Candlemass, set for a 25 March 2020 release via Napalm Records. It comprises of the title track which was written for The Door To Doom but ultimately not finished in time, along with five demos of songs intended for the 2019 album.


On 31 January 2020 Candlemass would announce The Pendulum along with a lyric video for the title track, which was the last song written for The Door To Doom but wasn't finished in time, along with demos for five other songs. Leif Edling also elaborated that The Door To Doom was intended to be a double album but was cut down to a single album instead during the recording process.[1] On 13 February 2020 the band would release a lyric video for "Porcelain Skull", which was originally written for Avatarium and appears on their 2019 album The Fire I Long For. Besides "Snakes of Goliath" the remaining track are rough guitar and bass demos hinting at new tracks. The press release for this EP also implies a new album is in the works.

Reviews on this EP are mostly positive, pointing out the fact it's a hold over to the next album, common praises to Längquist's vocals. Stand-out praise would come from the likes of Blabbermouth (9/10)[2] and Cryptic Rock (4/5)[3] which the most notably critical review would come from Super Metal World (5.9/10)[4] Doodlehound,[5] Your Last Rites,[6] Treble Zine,[7] Sonic Perspective[8] and The Sleeping Shaman[9] would all speak positively of the release but note it's appeal strictly for diehard fans, with the former noting the promotion of the EP and a humorous error in the press kit.

CANDLEMASS - The Pendulum (Official Lyric Video) Napalm Records

CANDLEMASS - The Pendulum (Official Lyric Video) Napalm Records

CANDLEMASS - Porcelain Skull (Official Lyric Video) Napalm Records

CANDLEMASS - Porcelain Skull (Official Lyric Video) Napalm Records


  • 1. The Pendulum (4:59)
  • 2. Snakes of Goliath (5:16)
  • 3. Sub Zero (1:16)
  • 4. Aftershock (1:35)
  • 5. Porcelain Skull (5:29)
  • 6. The Cold Room (1:24)


  • Leif Edling - Bass
  • Johan Längquist - Vocals
  • Jan Lindh - Drums
  • Mats Björkman - Rhythm Guitar
  • Lars Johansson - Lead Guitar
  • Marcus Jidell - Producer
  • Niklas Flyckt - Mixing
  • Svante Forsbäck - Mastering

External LinksEdit


  1. Metal Kaoz
  2. Blabbermouth
  3. Cryptic Rock
  4. Super Metal World
  5. Doodlehound
  6. Your Last Rites
  7. Treble Zine
  8. Sonic Perspective
  9. The Sleeping Shaman
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