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Ancient Dreams [Import]

CandlemassAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Peaceville UK
  • ASIN: B000Y9NNIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mirror Mirror
2. A Cry from the Crypt
3. Darkness in Paradise
4. Incarnation of Evil
5. Bearer of Pain
6. Ancient Dreams
7. The Bells of Atheron
8. Epistle No. 81
9. Black Sabbath Medley

Editorial Reviews

Repressing. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Doom Metal classic in every respect September 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Doom Metal June 19, 2001
By Melkor
Format:Audio CD
On this third release by Candlemass the band had already effectively carved their own niche as a respected metal band. Not as impressive as their previous album "Nightfall", this is still a strong album. Vocalist Messiah Marcolin has vocal power rivaling opera singers with incredible range and vibrato. "Epistle No. 81" is a shining example of his versatile style. Bassist and chief song writer Leif Edlin wields his pen like a surgeon crafting songs of sorrow, fear, pain and mourning. "Darkness In Paradise" is a song of woeful despair and darkness delivered with gothic melodies. The guitar work is a combination of sludging Sabbath riffs and dark melodies delivered with less low end and more melody than the metal masters. Lead guitarist Lars Johansson is a blitering soloists employing a variety of techniques in his solos. "Mirror Mirror", "Bearer of Pain", and "A Cry From The Crypt" are energetic thrashers while songs like "Incarnation of Evil" are more plodding and slowed down. "Ancient Dreams" is an album higlighted by memorable choruses, dark melodies, and epic compositions all in the seven minute range. Fans of "Nightfall" will enjoy this album. New fans should start with "Nightfall". If you don't like that one you won't like this one. If you are looking for doom and depression look no further.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet Dreams April 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hold on to the ancient dream November 9, 2013
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this cd is eerie in the way doom can be so perfectly fit and the vocals are a powerfull baritone instrument in its self ,don't care for the sabbath melody though they do it well I just like their original stuf which is interesting and flawless in its enchanting delivery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy! October 2, 2013
By Babs
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At a Great price. Fast Delivery. Excellent condition.
I highly Recommend this album to any Doom metal fan out there.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying piece of work December 14, 2009
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At its best August 26, 2009
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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.
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