Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
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Unarguably, Black Sabbath invented what we know as heavy metal. No one before them sounded like they did. However, only a few of their songs could be considered to meet the requirements, musical and lyrical, of "doom"--"Electric Funeral" from Paranoid is a prime example--but as their career progressed, they failed to capitalize on this trend and got stuck in a heavy rock sort of vein. Even when they reinvented themselves in the 80s and regained some heaviness they did not duplicate the dark, evil sounding riffs.
Candlemass does NOT sound like Black Sabbath. Candlemass is the origin of doom metal. Period. A few earlier bands attempted it on a song or two, but Candlemass was the first to perform such a style throughout an entire album and in the process formed their own brand of music: Heavier, darker...They even gave it a name: Epic Doom Metal.
Quite simply, Candlemass is the pioneer of DOOM as a musical religion, and this album is the blueprint for the genre for all time. No one can dispute this.
Every song is a dark lament. Every song is a dirge for forsaken lives and fading hopes. Nothing since has come even close, even the godly Candlemass albums which followed. The line-up on this album did not stay together, which is a shame. The singer is the premier doom vocalist, with his mournful, haunting delivery of Leif Edling's suicide letters and tales of undying despair. His replacement on subsequent albums, while an adequate vocalist, brought an unwelcome element of ham with his operatic histrionics. And the drummer here is outstanding. Check out his fills on "Demon's Gate".Read more ›
THIS is Doom Metal. Black Sabbath may have pioneered the style somewhat, but it was Candlemass who developed it into a genre in its own right, and named it as such. Every Doom Metal band today, from Anathema to Katatonia to My Dying Bride; they all descend from this album right here. Opening track "Solitude" is Doom Metal in its purest state: slow, ultra-heavy guitar riffs, and lyrics talking of sorrow and suicide. As a whole, "Epicus" is a long way off from the intense darkness of modern day Doom Metal, but it set in stone the patterns of the genre to follow.
"Epicus" is filled with classic songs and memorable riffs, from the aforementioned "Solitude" to "Demon's Gate" and "Under the Oak." (later re-recorde for their fourth album "Tales of Creation") Truly Leif Edling had a brilliant vision (which would be fully realized on the follow-up "Nightfall"), but "Epicus" is not quite without shortcomings. Session vocalist Johan Lanquist is a tad weak compared to his successor Messiah Marcolin, and sadly, the album itself is quite short. But these are quibbling points. If you have any interest in Doom Metal whatsoever, you need this and "Nightfall" in your collection.
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By pure serendipity, I stumbled across this amazing debut album from Candlemass. Growing up in the 1980's, I was huge metalhead (e.g. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Red Xala
I have heard of these guys before but never heard their music . I was looking for a band that played Black Sabbath (my all time favorite band) type of heavy metal and a few people... Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Don