Posts tagged ‘candlemass’

November 14, 2013

Album 0378: Candlemass – Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Release Date: 1986
Genre: Doom Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Solitude (05:38)
2. Demon’s Gate (09:13)
3. Crystal Ball (05:22)
4. Black Stone Wielder (07:37)
5. Under The Oak (06:55)
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge (08:20)

Total Length: 43:04

Solitude is a fantastic track, with great plodding riffs and vocals that mostly work. The guitar solo is pretty neat too, and everything just melds together well. Demon’s Gate is a slightly bigger song it is pretty great as well. Some more awesome riffs and solos fill the song. There are some nice changes of pace through out too. Crystal Ball continues the trend of great songs, and I really love the fast section in the middle.

Black Stone Wielder isn’t quite as memorable as some of the other tracks on here, but it’s quite enjoyable as well. Under The Oak is in a similar vein, nothing bad here. A Sorcerer’s Pledge is great as well, the extra little bits on the bookends of the track add something to it as well. I can’t be quite descriptive about this album as I don’t entirely love it, but it’s enjoyable to listen to and is a nice choice from the genre.

Final Rating: 8/10

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March 15, 2013

Album 0262: Candlemass – Candlemass

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Release Date: 2005
Genre: Doom Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Black Dwarf (05:44)
2. Seven Silver Keys (04:59)
3. Assassin Of The Light (06:29)
4. Copernicus (07:17)
5. The Man Who Fell From The Sky (03:27)
6. Witches (06:22)
7. Born In A Tank (04:56)
8. Spellbreaker (07:02)
9. The Day And The Night (08:52)
10. Mars And Volcanoes (03:24)

Total Length: 58:33

Black Dwarf starts off with a pounding riff. It’s the perfect song to start off the album, and I love the vocals. This song was also my introduction to Candlemass and it’s not a bad one in that respect either. Seven Silver Keys is a bit slower paced, still of the same quality though. The synths are subdued but nice. Assassin Of The Light has some neat riffs and rhythms, but the song kind of drags for me a bit. Copernicus has some neat slower moments, but I can’t say I really love the song.

The Man Who Fell From The Sky is a fairly cool instrumental track. Witches has a great main riff, and the rest of the song is fairly cool. Born In A Tank is pretty similar, I could give it the same description. Spellbreaker has a good chorus, and the riffs are neat as well. I kind of think it could have stopped at the five minute mark, but oh well. The Day And The Night has cool slower parts, I like it. Mars And Volcanoes has some interesting riffs but the song is kind of forgettable. I really wanted to love this album but only a few songs really strike me, not sure what it is.

Final Rating: 7/10

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August 17, 2012

Album 0093: Candlemass – Nightfall

Release Date: 1987
Genre: Doom Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Gothic Stone (00:48)
2. The Well Of Souls (07:27)
3. Codex Gigas (02:20)
4. At The Gallows End (05:47)
5. Samarithan (05:30)
6. Marche Funebre (02:22)
7. Dark Are The Veils Of Death (07:07)
8. Mourners Lament (06:09)
9. Bewitched (06:37)
10. Black Candles (02:16)
11. Bewitched (demo) (07:10)
12. Battlecry (demo) (06:08)
13. The Well Of Souls (live) (05:16)
14. Dark Are The Veils Of Death (live) (04:07)
15. At The Gallows End (studio outtake) (05:50)
16. Mourners Lament (studio outtake) (05:36)

Total Length: 01:20:28

Note: There is also a 17th track, an interview lasting for 24:21. I don’t really count it as part of the running time though, which has some neat stories and memories from the band but is only nice to hear once.

Gothic Stone is an okay little intro track, but there’s no reason for it to be separated from the next track. It blends perfectly into The Well Of Souls and is short enough that it wouldn’t be annoying to listen to if you just wanted to listen to the song by itself. This song is awesome though, it’s honestly a bit faster than you would expect for doom metal, but the pace and riff is fantastic. This is their first album with Messiah Marcolin on vocals, and his voice is just glorious and fits the music perfectly.

Codex Gigas is a small instrumental, kind of cool but I don’t see the point. It could have been expanded into a full but brief song, or used an extra riff for another song. At The Gallows End is pretty good, especially the riffs. Samarithan has a great chorus. Marche Funebre is another short instrumental where I don’t get its purpose.

Dark Are The Veils Of Death is okay, it has some neat moments but doesn’t do too much for me. Mourners Lament is much the same. I just lose interest very quickly. Bewitched is pretty good, again the chorus is the highlight. Black Candle is yet another small instrumental to cap off the album. I like this one a little better than the others, but it still feels like an odd choice to me.

The demo of Bewitched is a bit slower paced but actually works better. Battlecry is alright, kind of on par with most of the other songs. The live version of The Well Of Souls is cool, though the ending section is missed. Dark Are The Veils Of Death has a bit more energy here than the album version, but it’s still not enough to make me really like the song.

At The Gallows End is a studio outtake, which just means an alternate take I suppose. The song still sounds good and is played well. Mourners Lament is pretty cool, and I don’t know if at one point the tape really messed up but it made for a cool effect. I like the style of the band, but a couple songs just don’t appeal to me. Hopefully I’ll get into those more in the future, but stuff like The Well Of Souls is pretty masterful.

Final Rating: 8/10