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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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  • 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.

    Posted on January 4, 2010