Candlemass is a band of a long history, and many great albums, but Epicus… (their first album) will forever be their best. This album shares everything; Depressions, happiness, it makes you shiver…..WOW, this album is excactly how a doom masterpiece must be like. Listening to songs as “solitude” or “the Demons Gate” makes you feel really doomy. For me, this is one of the best doom releases ever!!
Limited enhanced UK slipcase pressing of the Metal band\\\\\\\’s 2008 album features bonus enhanced videos and footage of the band. Dark Thrones & Black Flags is a continuation of the Darkthrone sound, style and uncompromising attitude witnessed on the acclaimed 2007 album F.O.A.D. Peaceville Records.
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I am not a doom metal fan,and when I bought this album I didn’t expect something great.But listening to “solitude” my mood changed.After that came “Demon’s gate” and till the last song my excitement was increasing.AMAZING!!!Great bass momentous riffs and depressing vocals that make a great atmosphere.Even if you are not a metal fan I’m sure you’re gonna love it.
This release can be summed up in one word : DOOM ! Don’t expect songs about the beauty of trees or the temptations of women in short skirts, this is heavy duty metal. Candlemass continued to release good CDs, but everything else they’ve done pales in comparison to this disc. Prepare to hear powerful doom metal, when you need a little “Solitude.”
Somber, castleblack, slow-paced metal that essentially created a new genre: doom metal. Candlemass were influenced by early Black Sabbath and possibly by Trouble as well, but they went beyond them in forging frosty, epic melodies that transcend mere plodding groove. “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” includes several all-time Candlemass favorites, including the suicidal “Solitude,” the magisterial “Black Stone Wielder,” the first version of “Under the Oak,” and the haunting “A Sorcerer’s Pledge,” with an airy female chorus at the end. While Messiah Marcolin is generally regarded as Candlemass’ “classic” vocalist, session vocalist Johan Lanquist is no slouch, with a generally deep baritone voice that occasionally erupts in tormented screams.
EPICUS DOOMICUS METALLICUS was this recently reformed band’s classic debut. Though it’s not as sophisticated or refined as the band’s later work with singer Messiah Marcolin, this album has a certain power and excitement from start to finish that the later albums seemed to lack. The performance is brutally heavy and dark, yet the songs still retain memorable, well-developed melodies, i.e. “Solitude”, “Crystal Ball”. The doomier songs on the album, such as “Demon’s Gate” and “Black Stone Wielder” avoid the brooding and lethargic feel used on albums like ANCIENT DREAMS. Additionally, EPICUS features some powerful acoustic work that meshes with electric riffs to create great dynamics. I definitely recommend this album to fans of early 70s Black Sabbath looking for something equally heavy. Candlemass isn’t very well known in the U.S., which is a shame because they’ve got a taste for good songwriting with a dark, heavy, yet still melodic sound. The opener, “Solitude” (not a Sabbath cover), is guaranteed to draw you in the first time you hear it.