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King of the Grey Islands

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Prologue
  2. Emperor of the Void
  3. Devil Seed
  4. Of Stars and Smoke
  5. Demonia 6
  6. Destroyer
  7. Man of Shadows
  8. Clearsight
  9. The Opal City
  10. Embracing the Styx
  11. At the Gallows End [*]
  12. Solitude [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B000R4S6EG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Marcolin is gone- and the result is an incredible album! This album blows me away- it's easily the best Candlemass release in years! The self-titled reunion album was something of a disappointment; even though the classic lineup was back, the weird production and lackluster songwriting made for an uninteresting listen. Not so this time! While the songs still do not have the epic grandeur of tunes from 'Nightfall' and other 80s CM albums, the tracks on KotGI have a dark, focused intensity that makes them menacing and memorable in nature. Lowe's vocal performance is easily his best in many years, adding the perfect dark atmospheres to the songs, some of which sound like classic Solitude Aeturnus material (particularly 'Destroyer'). Other tuns are also incredible, such as the majestic 'of stars and smoke', the poundingly heavy 'emperor of the void', and the haunting 'man of shadows'. Honestly, if you're a fan of Doom, this album is for you! Make sure to get a copy with the new versions of 'Mass classics 'solitude' and 'at the gallows end'. While they sound a little different musically, Lowe's vocal treatment of these two classics is just godly. Hail the return of true doom!
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Candlemass have definitely resurrected themselves as the standardbearers of doom metal with their latest effort, King of the Grey Islands (KOTGI). I was actually reluctant to buy this abum off Amazon because of their slightly disappointing 2005 self-titled album with Messiah Marcolin back on vox. When I heard through a friend that Texan doom metaller Robert Lowe had joined the ranks after Marcolin's (second) departure, I decided to buy it. It has turned out to be one of the better CDs I've purchased this year.

I was turned on to Candlemass about 3 years ago when I was listening to acts like High on Fire, The Obsessed, and Saint Vitus. I bought Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Nightfall, and Ancient Dreams, and chewed on those three for a few years, deciding that my fling with the Candlemass catalogue was over. I then heard about the 2005 Candlemass "reunion" album and quiclkly snatched it up. For reasons that don't appply here, it was a letdown. I later saw on Candlemass's website that they were looking for a new singer and thought to myself, "they must be in real dire straits and whoever they get can't fill Marcolin's *rather large* shoes." I was wrong.

Robert Lowe, front man for the Texas doom metal band, Solitude Aeturnus, answered the call on KOTGI. Lowe's vocals throughout the entire album are clean, crisp, and powerful. He doesn't sound strained or tired but very comfortable in this range and style, and his vocals are without a doubt the highlight of the album. I've read that KOTGI is acutally a concept album about a young man battling depression (surprise), dubbing himself the "King of the Grey Islands". Plot Spoiler: He loses his battle with depression by suicide at the end of the album. Thankfully, each song lyrically stands on its own.
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First let me state for the record that Candlemass are my favorite band in any genre of music. Although I may be slightly biased in their favor I also hold them to the highest standards when releasing new material. When Candlemass reformed and released their self titled album no one was more thrilled than me. The album was excellent with the exception of som lazy songwriting and brought new life to the band. When Messiah Marcolin left the band I was worried that the band would once again either find a more commercial sounding vocalist or go in more of an experimental direction as they had on Dactylis Glomerata and From The 13th Sun. Then they signed Robert Lowe of the great band Solitude Aeturnus. This was a sign to me that Candlemass was intent on giving the fans the best album possible. King of the Grey Islands is absolutely brilliant. This album is an equal to those released in the bands golden period. Robert Lowe blends perfectly with the music and never lets up. I cannot get this cd out of my cd player. Anyone who enjoys doom or just great music needs to check this out.
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Upon first listen, I was thinking, "Man, they should've just changed the name of the band." However, I've been listening to it more and more over the last few days, and, at this point, I have to say this is truly one of Candlemass' great albums.

Lowe's vocals are just about perfect for these songs. He lends a diversity to the group that makes this album shine (darkly). From track to track, I really feel that his chameleon-like singing is what puts this one over the top.

Even if you're not a fan of their earlier recordings, this one would be an excellent place to start. It makes me happy to hear creating something so fresh in 2007 that stands right alongside albums like Nightfall and Epicus. It's a great, heavy, memorable, dark Candlemass album--full of twists and turns through beautifully gloomy territory. What more could you ask for?
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Well I was in My Favorite Record store...which has a Huge Metal section,and I saw this C.D. in the new release section.I remembered hearing of this Band somewhere,So.....I thought I would just take a chance on them.I am really Glad I did!!!!This C.D. will hit your ears like a Sledgehammer!!!And I mean that in the Best possible way!!!Beautiful Metal Music,vocals are pretty clear on this recording...Its hard for Me to get into Metal songs who have vocalists that are unintelligible.I guess My Intuition lead Me to a very good choice when I purchased this C.D.Excellent,Excellent Metal!!!!!!!!!
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