Leif Edling

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Leif Edling
Candlemass - Leif Edling.jpg
Leif at a Candlemass concert
Background information
Born (1963-08-06) 6 August 1963 (age 52)
Genres Heavy metal, doom metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Bass, vocals, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Trilogy, Abstrakt Algebra, Krux, Candlemass, Nemesis, Avatarium[1]
Website Leif Edling on Myspace
Notable instruments
Mesa Boogie 400+ Amplifier, Ampeg 8 x 10 cabinet. Fender precision 57' vintage, Gibson Thunderbird bass

Leif Edling (born 6 August 1963) is best known as the main songwriter and bass player of the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass.[2] He's the only constant member of the band since its inception to the present day.

Edling started his musical career in the band Trilogy, then under the name of Toxic, as a singer together with Ian Haugland (later the drummer of Europe) in 1979. He then played in a band named Witchcraft but left in 1981 and formed Nemesis in 1982. Before the Candlemass official releases, Edling also handled vocal duties in addition to playing bass.

After the departure of Messiah Marcolin, Candlemass became his solo project, until the band reformed in 2002. In 1994, when Candlemass fell apart, Leif had started the band Abstrakt Algebra with Mats Levén on vocals and Mike Wead on guitar. The band met with limited success and split up after one album.

In 2002 he founded another doom metal band, named Krux,[3] also with Mats Levén on vocals, and in 2013 founded Avatarium with Marcus Jidell on guitar and Jidell's wife, Jennie-Ann Smith on vocals.


Mesa Boogie 400+ Amplifier, Ampeg 8 x 10 cabinet. Fender precision 57' vintage, Gibson Thunderbird bass


With Nemesis[edit]

  • Day of Retribution −1984

With Candlemass[edit]

With Abstrakt Algebra[edit]

  • Abstrakt Algebra – 1994
  • Abstrakt Algebra II – 2008

With Krux[edit]

  • Krux – 2003
  • II – 2006
  • III – He Who Sleeps Amongst The Stars – 2011

With Avatarium[edit]



  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography: Candlemass". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  3. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Biography:Krux". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 March 2010.