Messiah with Candlemass
|Birth name||Bror Jan Alfredo Marcolin|
|Also known as||Messiah Marcolin
|Born||December 10, 1967|
Messiah Marcolin's first releases were with the heavy metal band Mercy. After recording an EP, Mercy were looking for a singer to record with and Messiah was asked to join just two weeks before recording. He sang on two Mercy albums, the first a self-titled debut in 1984, and Witchburner a year later. The albums had gloom and doom Black Sabbath influence with occasional falsetto shrieks influenced by Mercyful Fate singer King Diamond. Looking for a heavier direction, Messiah decided to leave the band.
1987-1991, Early Career With Candlemass
Marcolin initially joined Candlemass to replace session vocalist Johan Längqvist who could not be convinced to remain as singer for the band after Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. The band got Marcolin´s name from Tom Hallbäck, a refrigerator salesman from Helsingborg and the drummer for thrash bands God BC and Hysteriah GBC. His debut with Candlemass is the band's second album Nightfall. This period produced Messiah's best work with Candlemass, with the singer starring on such albums as Nightfall, Ancient Dreams and Tales of Creation.
Due to personal differences with some of the other members during the Tales of Creation tour in 1991, Marcolin left Candlemass. At this point, he had three full length studio albums and a live album with Candlemass.
In the interim, Messiah worked on several projects. In 1993 he co-founded Memento Mori with Mike Wead and sang on two of their albums in 1993 and 1994 before leaving as he was not being credited for writing melodies.
Messiah then worked with members of Stillborn on a project named "Colossus" and released a demo and contributed a cover of "Sad But True" to a Metallica tribute album named "Metal Militia: A Tribute to Metallica II" in 1996. The band did not progress further after this.
Following the departure from Colossus, Messiah returned to Memento Mori to record and release an additional album named Songs for the Apocalypse, Vol. 4 in 1997.
The "Nightfall era" line up of Candlemass reformed in 2002 and did various festivals and gigs. From this reunion tour, Candlemass released Doomed For Live, in addition to another compilation, Essential Doom, which saw the inclusion of a demo track of 'Witches', a song to be included on their eponymous 2005 release. After the Candlemass album, Messiah appeared on 2 DVD releases (Documents of Doom and The Curse of Candlemass) highlighting the two eras which he fronted the band, before a statement by Candlemass was released in October 2006, noting yet another Messiah departure.
Additionally, in 2003, Messiah co-founded and released a single three track demo with "Requiem", though the band did not progress further citing the Candlemass reunion and musical differences within the band as reasons for not continuing.
He is featured on track eight entitled "Hel" of Amon Amarth's 2013 album Deceiver of the Gods.
- Vocalist MESSIAH MARCOLIN Is Out Of CANDLEMASS. Retrieved December 19, 2007
- Requiem info. Retrieved January 02, 2008
- THERION To Be Joined By Former CANDLEMASS Singer For Select European Shows. Retrieved December 19, 2007
- PORTRAIT (feat. Messiah) - Black Funeral(live at Muskelrock 2011) on YouTube
- Encyclopaedia Metallum: the Metal Archives (external link)
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- Colossus Myspace Page
- Requiem Official Page
- Myspace Page