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King of the Grey Islands
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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.Read more ›
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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If you like Metal music like I do you will love this album!!! True Metal throughout.Published 17 months ago by 460 MAGNUM
Guys i honesty believe that this is the best album i have ever heard from them. I am not a huge fun of Candlemass - i have heard all their albums and the one i liked most was their... Read morePublished on April 23, 2012 by KOURKOULOS NIKOS
Wow! That's good stuff. Emperor of the Void is an amazing track, a must-have.
Devil Seed is good. Tracks 5 to 8 are ok. Read more
Well, it worked the first time with Thomas Vikstrom. Chapter 6 is a great album. Clearly they just cant make things work with Messiah Marcolin, they've been there and done that. Read morePublished on April 5, 2009 by Geoff M. Blair
I've own all the Candlemass albums up till now and I must say that I was pleasantly suprized with this one. Their self titled album left MUCH to be desired. Read morePublished on October 14, 2008 by Hex
I felt let down by the latest Candlemass album. Their last effort was a blistering, enjoyable, wonderfully balanced and in some ways, epic album. Read morePublished on April 6, 2008 by NoMoreMrNiceGuy