Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Band Name Candlemass
Album Name Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Type Album
Released date 10 June 1986
Music StyleDoom Metal
Members owning this album358

Tracklist

Re-Issue in 2001 by Powerline Records
1. Solitude 05:34
2. Demon's Gate 09:10
3. Crystal Ball 05:21
4. Black Stone Wielder 07:34
5. Under the Oak 06:52
6. A Sorcerer's Pledge 08:20
Bonustracks (Re-Issue 2001)
Recorded live in Birmingham, England, 1988
7. The Well of Souls
8. Demons Gate
9. Crystall Ball
10. Solitude
11. Bewitched
12. A Sorcerer's Pledge
13. Black Sabbath Medley
Bonustracks (Re-Issue in 2011 by Peaceville Records)
Recorded in Thunderload Studios, Sweden)
7. Epicus Doomicus Metallicus with Commentary by Leif Edling
Total playing time 42:53

Review @ vikingman369

07 May 2012

Epic Doom Metal

Late one night I'm searching for new metal bands to get into when I heard "Solitude" by this band. I was drawn into this from the very first listen: in essence, Candlemass saved doom metal for me. Now this album is all I listen to aside from Black Sabbath and Heaven and Hell.

This has got to be Candlemass' greatest album ever, including all those by Messiah Marcolin and Robert Lowe. Johan Langquist, the singer featured on this album, has an amazing voice. All at once, it has the sorrowful depth of Ozzy Osbourne from Black Sabbath, while also possessing hair-raising highs reminiscient of King Diamond: how can you loose with a combination like that?

I guess because of the restrictions of vinyls, there were only six tracks on this album, but what six tracks they were! "Solitude" is the doom metal anthem, starting out slow and soft with Johan's mournful vocals over the clean guitar before exploding with crushing riffs and a wailing guitar solo.

As this album has 'epic' in its name, expect long tracks and fantasy-inspired lore, a la Heaven and Hell. "Crystal Ball" is one such track, moving from the slow, impending doom to fast and chaotic. Another great one is "Black Stone Wielder", melding the Bible and sorcery along with epic riffs and Johan's amazing voice. It's a decent pace, which is a good thing about this album: rather than six sluggishly slow doom songs, some are slow while some are fast-paced and energetic, if such a thing can be accurately said about doom metal.

Perhaps one of the greatest songs on this album, surprisingly enough, doesn't have a guitar solo (except in the Live performances, see below). "A Sorcerer's Pledge" combines the slow, crushing riffs of doom with Johan's woe-inspiring voice, going from slow to fast, then back to a gloomy crawl, featuring the story of a blood-drinking sorcerer who's plans to power fall through. Even twenty years after this album was released (see the video), Johan Langquist's voice is capable of inspiring doom and gloom like never before.

Bad points? Well, the name is definitely a poor choice. "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is hardly something to take seriously. Fortunately, looks can be deceiving when it comes to this album. Though the name might make you laugh, just listen to the music: it is simply amazing! Pure, straight Epic Doom Metal!

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