Origin: Stockholm, Sweden  
Genres: Doom Metal
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Avatarium

Avatarium is one of the more recent ventures led by Candlemass bassist Leif Edling. The band debuted with a self-titled effort in 2013, and there, befitting a Edling-led band, doom metal is the prime genre on display, as several of the tunes would feel quite at home on a Candlemass album (save the vocals, more on them in a bit). But on successive albums Avatarium are steadily moving away from simple doom to something quite different -- indeed, on 2017's Hurricanes And Halos, the band goes straight to early 70's worship, as a few of the tunes have a clear Deep Purple vibe while elsewhere the focus is on experimental, psychedelic-tinged prog rock. Most of the guys here have other metal ties, but arguably the star here is the one who doesn't, that being vocalist Jennie-Ann Smith, who has a bit of a Ann Wilson (Heart) vibe going on and is always in command. This has turned into the least Candlemass-ish band in Edling's arsenal, and while Candlemass may always be his primary band, Avatarium is blossoming into something quite special and unique.

Upcoming album: Death, Where Is Your Sting, release date October 21, 2022.

Current Members

Jennie-Ann Smith

vocals

Marcus Jidell

guitars (The Doomsday Kingdom, ex-Evergrey, ex-Royal Hunt, ex-Soen)

Mats Rydström

bass (Abramis Brama)

Rickard Nilsson

keyboards

Andreas Johansson

drums (Air Raid)

Former Members/Guests

Leif Edling

bass (ex-Abstrakt Algebra, Candlemass, The Doomsday Kingdom, Krux, ex-Nemesis)

Carl Westholm

keyboards (ex-Candlemass)

Lars Sköld

drums (Tiamat)



Discography


Moonhorse  EP
2013 Nuclear Blast
  1. Moonhorse
  2. Boneflower
  3. War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Leif Edling
  • Carl Westholm
  • Lars Sköld



Avatarium  
2013 Nuclear Blast
  1. Moonhorse
  2. Pandora's Egg
  3. Avatarium
  4. Boneflower
  5. Bird of Prey
  6. Tides of Telepathy
  7. Lady in the Lamp
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Leif Edling
  • Carl Westholm
  • Lars Sköld



All I Want  EP
2014 Nuclear Blast
  1. All I Want
  2. Deep Well
  3. Pandora’s Egg (live)
  4. Tides of Telepathy (live)
  5. Bird of Prey (live)
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Leif Edling
  • Carl Westholm
  • Lars Sköld



The Girl With The Raven Mask  
2015 Nuclear Blast
  1. Girl with the Raven Mask
  2. The January Sea
  3. Pearls and Coffins
  4. Hypnotized
  5. Ghostlight
  6. Run Killer Run
  7. Iron Mule
  8. The Master Thief
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Leif Edling
  • Carl Westholm
  • Lars Sköld



Hurricanes And Halos  
2017 Nuclear Blast
  1. Into The Fire / Into The Storm
  2. The Starless Sleep
  3. Road to Jerusalem
  4. Medusa Child
  5. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  6. When Breath Turns to Air
  7. A Kiss (from the End of the World)
  8. Hurricanes and Halos
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Leif Edling
  • Carl Westholm
  • Lars Sköld



The Fire I Long For  
2019 Nuclear Blast
  1. Voices
  2. Rubicon
  3. Lay Me Down
  4. Porcelain Skull
  5. Shake That Demon
  6. Great Beyond
  7. The Fire I Long For
  8. Epitaph Of Heroes
  9. Stars They Move
  • Jennie-Ann Smith
  • Marcus Jidell
  • Rickard Nilsson
  • Andreas Johansson



An Evening With Avatarium  LIVE
2020 Nuclear Blast
  1. Intro
  2. Voices
  3. Rubicon
  4. Into the Fire / Into the Storm
  5. Lay Me Down
  6. Jennie-Ann Talks
  7. Avatarium
  8. Shake That Demon
  9. Pearls and Coffins
  10. In My Time of Dying (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
  11. Medusa Child
  12. The Sky at the Bottom of the Sea
  13. Jennie-Ann Talks 2
  14. The Fire I Long For
  15. Girl with the Raven Mask
  16. Stars They Move
  17. Moonhorse



Death, Where Is Your Sting    RELEASE DATE: October 21, 2022
2022 AFM
  1. A Love Like Ours
  2. Stockholm
  3. Death, Where Is Your Sting
  4. Psalm for the Living
  5. God Is Silent
  6. Mother Can You Hear Me Now
  7. Nocturne
  8. Transcendent




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