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2008 expanded two CD edition of this 1988 album from the Swedish Doom Metallers including a bonus disc featuring live tracks and the video for ’Mirror Mirror’. Candlemass were formed by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984 and are well known for their epic Doom Metal. They have hugely influenced a generation of the genre’s subsequent greats – Candlemass themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath. Ancient Dreams was Candlemass’ third album. Released in 1988, it featured a natural progression of slow-mid tempo epic arrangements from their previous release, ’Nightfall’, with the unique tones and unmistakable voice of Messiah Marcolin still dominating proceedings on this pure Doom Metal classic. Peaceville.

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  • This record is a bit of a disappointment. After their popular Nightfall record, the record label they were on made them rush another record out to try and capitalize on the bands new popularity. So they had to rush production to get this out and it is my least fav Candlemass record. It is still a decent effort, but not as good as their first two or Tales of Creation. But it is still better than anything they put out after messiah left the band. True Candlemass fans should get this but if you are new to them get Epicus or Nightfall first.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Not a bad recording. Clear vocals as well as good solid lyrics made this album one of their best. It is very clear to me and others that Messiah Marcolin is the right man for thie job. I would highly recommend this album to the true doom metal fans.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Candlemass is an interesting band. Ancient Dreams is the third full-length album from this Swedish group. Originally released in 1988, this is a remastered edition with a bonus disc of material. What makes Candlemass remarkable is singer Messiah Marcolin. This one-of-a-kind singer vocalizes in an operatic style–I like his vibrato, too. Candlemass reminds me of Black Sabbath. They sound like a cross between hard rock and metal. Most of the songs on Ancient Dreams are slow in tempo–nine tracks are included. I also like the gothic-sounding atmosphere of this album. The composition that I favor the most would be “Mirror Mirror.” Candlemass shines on this well-constructed, memorable piece; in addition, the main guitar riff is nicely crafted and indelible. Another cut that I like is “A Cry from the Crypt.” “A Cry from the Crypt” sports a pleasing, principal guitar riff. “Black Sabbath Medley” is also an enjoyable track. The disc is just over 58 minutes. As for the bonus disc of material, it contains live tracks, an audio interview, and a video of “Mirror Mirror.” A nice job was done with the CD booklet. Bass guitarist Leif Edling provides commentary on all of the material that is on the two discs. Plus, the song lyrics are included along with color and black-and-white photos of the group. Ancient Dreams gets the job done.

    Posted on February 16, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Aaahhhhh… the bittersweet smell of death. This album introduced me to those guys, IMHO, the best swedish band ever, back in ‘91. I can clearly recall my first impressions when I first heard Mirror Mirror, Epistle No.81, and the really spooky Darkness in Paradise, IMO, the greatest highlight in this gothic masterpiece. They had a lot of trouble during the making of this album, which included the loss of their former producer, which didn’t prevent them from producing a classic, however.

    Posted on February 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Candlemass are without a doubt one of the most important doom metal bands in the world. Ever since their incredible debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus they’ve gone a long way paving the way for other bands. They’re among the founders of modern doom metal and while I enjoy each and every Candlemass record I consider the first 4 absolutely essential.Ancient Dreams is the second album with doom metal vocal god Messiah Marcolin and the third Candlemass album. It picks up where the classic Nightfall left off. Leif Edling’s songwriting and bass playing is at its best and Marcolin’s voice is simply incredible. The guitar solos are brilliant. It is hard to believe this was released back in 1988 when almost everyone was into glam, hard rock or thrash metal. I appreciate and respect Candlemass for their courage to stand up for themselves and make the music they believed in even though they knew it would never sell millions. That is why they have lasted all these years and are considered fathers of doom. They always remained true to their roots be it with Marcolin, Vikstrom or Flodkvist. My personal favourites off this record are “Cry from the Crypt”, “Darkness In Paradise”, the title song, and “Bells of Acheron”. There’s not a single filler on Ancient Dreams though.You might also want to check out Memory Garden, Solitude Aeturnus, Abstrakt Algebra and some other bands.

    Posted on February 15, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now