Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS have released the following statement:

“We just want to tell our fans/bookers and agents that our bass player and songwriter engine Leif Edling will, unfortunately, be off stage yet a year ’cause of health issues. He is on his way to get better, so we will wave the flag high with our keyboard player Per Wiberg(OPETH, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) or Jörgen Sandström [GRAVE, ENTOMBED], who will do the bass work instead, while Leif is getting better.”

CANDLEMASS‘ current touring lineup includes four members of its classic formation: Mats “Mappe” Björkman on rhythm guitar, Lars Johansson on lead guitar and Janne Lindh on drums.