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.