CANDLEMASS

Traditional Doom Metal / Doom Metal • Sweden
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Candlemass is a doom metal band formed in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984. Candlemass arose from the earlier Nemesis outfit belonging to bassist Leif Edling and guitarist Christian Weberyd. Prior to the dissolvement of the group, Nemesis had released the highly praised 'Day Of Retribution' album in 1984. Debuting Candlemass on the tape trading circuit with the four song 'Witchcraft' demo in 1984, featuring a line-up of Edling, Weberyd and drummer Mats Ekström, and a second demo that November, the band promptly signed to the French Black Dragon label. Having added former A.T.C. guitarist Mats Björkman (a.k.a. 'Mappe') the band began recording what would become the 'Epicus, Doomicus, Metallicus' debut at Thunderload Studios with Ragne Wahlquist, frontman for Heavy Load, manning the desk.

During the recording of the album Christian Weberyd opted to leave and by the time it was released the group's newly acquired vocalist, Johan Lanquist, a former
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CANDLEMASS Discography

CANDLEMASS albums / top albums

CANDLEMASS Epicus Doomicus Metallicus album cover 4.15 | 57 ratings
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Traditional Doom Metal 1986
CANDLEMASS Nightfall album cover 4.32 | 48 ratings
Nightfall
Traditional Doom Metal 1987
CANDLEMASS Ancient Dreams album cover 3.83 | 39 ratings
Ancient Dreams
Traditional Doom Metal 1988
CANDLEMASS Tales of Creation album cover 3.98 | 37 ratings
Tales of Creation
Traditional Doom Metal 1989
CANDLEMASS Chapter VI album cover 3.52 | 19 ratings
Chapter VI
Traditional Doom Metal 1992
CANDLEMASS Dactylis Glomerata album cover 3.64 | 13 ratings
Dactylis Glomerata
Traditional Doom Metal 1998
CANDLEMASS From the 13th Sun album cover 3.89 | 15 ratings
From the 13th Sun
Traditional Doom Metal 1999
CANDLEMASS Candlemass album cover 4.24 | 38 ratings
Candlemass
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
CANDLEMASS King of the Grey Islands album cover 3.92 | 28 ratings
King of the Grey Islands
Traditional Doom Metal 2007
CANDLEMASS Death Magic Doom album cover 3.91 | 29 ratings
Death Magic Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2009
CANDLEMASS Psalms for the Dead album cover 3.23 | 18 ratings
Psalms for the Dead
Doom Metal 2012
CANDLEMASS The Door To Doom album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
The Door To Doom
Doom Metal 2019

CANDLEMASS EPs & splits

CANDLEMASS Kerrang! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kerrang!
Traditional Doom Metal 1992
CANDLEMASS Sjunger Sigge Fürst album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sjunger Sigge Fürst
Traditional Doom Metal 1993
CANDLEMASS Wiz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wiz
Traditional Doom Metal 1998
CANDLEMASS The Black Heart of Candlemass / Leif Edling Demos & Outtakes '83-99 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Black Heart of Candlemass / Leif Edling Demos & Outtakes '83-99
Traditional Doom Metal 2002
CANDLEMASS Lucifer Rising album cover 2.33 | 3 ratings
Lucifer Rising
Traditional Doom Metal 2008
CANDLEMASS Don't Fear the Reaper album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Fear the Reaper
Traditional Doom Metal 2010
CANDLEMASS Candlemass vs. Entombed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Candlemass vs. Entombed
Traditional Doom Metal 2013
CANDLEMASS Death Thy Lover album cover 3.65 | 4 ratings
Death Thy Lover
Traditional Doom Metal 2016
CANDLEMASS The Pendulum album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Pendulum
Traditional Doom Metal 2020

CANDLEMASS live albums

CANDLEMASS Live album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
Live
Traditional Doom Metal 1990
CANDLEMASS Doomed for Live: Reunion 2002 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Doomed for Live: Reunion 2002
Traditional Doom Metal 2003
CANDLEMASS Ashes to Ashes album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ashes to Ashes
Traditional Doom Metal 2010
CANDLEMASS No Sleep 'til Athens album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Sleep 'til Athens
Traditional Doom Metal 2010
CANDLEMASS Live At the Marquee 1988 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At the Marquee 1988
Traditional Doom Metal 2013
CANDLEMASS Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live at Roadburn 2011 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live at Roadburn 2011
Traditional Doom Metal 2013
CANDLEMASS Dynamo Doom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dynamo Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2019

CANDLEMASS demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

CANDLEMASS Witchcraft album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Witchcraft
Traditional Doom Metal 1984
CANDLEMASS Tales of Creation album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tales of Creation
Traditional Doom Metal 1984
CANDLEMASS Second 1984 demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Second 1984 demo
Traditional Doom Metal 1984
CANDLEMASS Demo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo
Traditional Doom Metal 1985
CANDLEMASS Demo with Marcolin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo with Marcolin
Traditional Doom Metal 1987
CANDLEMASS King of the Grey Islands Demos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
King of the Grey Islands Demos
Traditional Doom Metal 2006

CANDLEMASS re-issues & compilations

CANDLEMASS The Best of Candlemass: As it Is, As it Was album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
The Best of Candlemass: As it Is, As it Was
Traditional Doom Metal 1994
CANDLEMASS Diamonds of Doom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Diamonds of Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2003
CANDLEMASS Essential Doom album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Essential Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2004
CANDLEMASS Doom Songs the Singles 1986-1989 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doom Songs the Singles 1986-1989
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
CANDLEMASS Doomology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Doomology
Traditional Doom Metal 2010
CANDLEMASS Introducing Candlemass album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Introducing Candlemass
Traditional Doom Metal 2013
CANDLEMASS Gothic Stone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gothic Stone
Traditional Doom Metal 2014
CANDLEMASS Behind The Wall Of Doom album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Behind The Wall Of Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2016

CANDLEMASS singles (14)

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Samarithan
Traditional Doom Metal 1988
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At the Gallows End
Traditional Doom Metal 1988
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Wiz
Traditional Doom Metal 1998
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Nimis
Traditional Doom Metal 2001
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Solitude / Crystal Ball
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
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At the Gallows End / Samarithan
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
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Mirror, Mirror / The Bells of Acheron
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
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Dark Reflections / Into the Unfathomed Tower
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
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Black Dwarf
Traditional Doom Metal 2007
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Hammer of Doom
Traditional Doom Metal 2009
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If I Ever Die
Traditional Doom Metal 2009
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Dancing in the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee
Traditional Doom Metal 2012
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Dark Are The Veils Of Death
Traditional Doom Metal 2017
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house Of Doom
Doom Metal 2018

CANDLEMASS movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3-Way Thrash
Traditional Doom Metal 1990
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Documents of Doom - Live at Fryshuset 1990
Traditional Doom Metal 2003
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The Curse of Candlemass
Traditional Doom Metal 2005
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20 Year Anniversary Party
Traditional Doom Metal 2007
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Ashes to Ashes
Traditional Doom Metal 2010

CANDLEMASS Reviews

CANDLEMASS Tales of Creation

Album · 1989 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Tales of Creation is the last of Candlemass’ original golden era of albums, and what a fine way to conclude Messiah’s (first) run with the band. The album is a concept album of sorts, focusing on creation, loneliness, introspection and self-love. It may not have a direct overarching story, but there are call-back moments throughout that connect the dots.

Musically, it sounds rather identical to the previous two albums. Every song is strong, aside from the short segues there are no weak moments. Messiah’s voice is in top form, and Leif’s slow, melodic yet sludgy riffs are on point. You can’t expect anything new here, but you can expect another top notch Candlemass album.

CANDLEMASS Ancient Dreams

Album · 1988 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Candlemass deliver the same kind of quality, riff-driven epic Trad Doom as always. Again with Messiah’s intense vocal prowess, the album retains the sound from Nightfall. Ancient Dreams tends to be seen as a drop in quality, but I instead see it as a trade off of sorts. There is no doubt that Ancient Dreams fails to deliver the same highs as Nightfall; however, it also does away with any sort of filler material, which dragged Nightfall down a bit. What remains is an extremely consistent album where every song is of equal quality – an odd exception being the title track, who’s riffs are just odd, and Messiah’s vocals don’t really play off them well.

All in all, another high quality Trad Doom album that should be given the same respect as the rest of Candlemass’ first four albums.

CANDLEMASS Nightfall

Album · 1987 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Candlemass enter one of their most celebrated lineups here with the addition of Messiah and record the great Nightfall. By 1987, Candlemass was pretty much indisputably the best Doom band around, especially solidifying the fact after dropping a follow up album just as amazing as their debut (both of which remain their finest works in most people’s opinion).

They continue the same style as their debut, adding an epic and even uplifting sound to the slow and simple Doom genre, rife with religious symbolism as well as occult fantasy. Messiah and leif grab all the attention here, as Leif wrote most if not all of the music, including many of Trad Doom’s most memorable riffs, and Messiah puts on a vocal performance that would sound at home in an opera show. The act works well for the epic Doom rockers, and many of the songs tell small tales that effectively play off this aesthetic.

Unfortunately, while the debut was strictly 6 great songs, this album has a bit of filler found in mostly pointless interludes between songs. At the Gallows’ End and Samarithan are two of the greatest songs the band ever wrote, but the filler puts this album just below the debut in my opinion.

CANDLEMASS Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

Album · 1986 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. The name carries immense weight, even before hearing what lies therein. Often given the title of the greatest Doom Metal album of all time, bandleader Leif Edling carries the band with immense riff-writing prowess, and Johan Längqvist wields a powerful, epic operatic bellow. Here, he sets the now solidified trope of epic vocals in Trad Doom. His voice was very unique at the time, being capable hitting highs and lows and everything in between, but always remaining melodic and full of vibrato. The riffs here are reminiscent of early Sabbath, but heavier, groovier, and better.

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus has no shortage of quality riffs and vocals, and in fact, there is absolutely no filler to be found. Something Candlemass hadn’t expanded on for Doom, however, was the mood and atmosphere. The songs here remain rather generic worshippings of demons, god, and death in general, and apart from some nice acoustic sections, there is no variation in style or sound. Candlemass are no doubt gods at what they do, which is play straightforward Trad Doom. Unfortunately, to call this the greatest Doom Metal album of all time when the genre has expanded into something so much more than straightforward slow metal is rather unfounded.

CANDLEMASS Death Thy Lover

EP · 2016 · Traditional Doom Metal
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"Death Thy Lover" is an EP release by Swedish doom metal act Candlemass. It´s the band´s first release featuring new original material since the release of the "Psalms for the Dead" album from 2012. The EP was released through Napalm Records in June 2016. "Death Thy Lover" features a new lead vocalist in Mats Levén as Robert Lowe left Candlemass in 2012 after a six year stint with the band. Levén had shortly been a member of Candlemass in 2006 before Lowe joined, so he is not completely new in that respect.

Levén is of course known for his vocal contributions to artists like Krux and Abstract Algebra (both of which also featured Candlemass bassist Leif Edling in the lineup), Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Fatal Force, and Aeonsgate, just to name a few of the projects he has been involved in, so he is quite the prolific singer and definitely a worthy replacement for Lowe. Stylistically "Death Thy Lover" is exactly what you´d expect it to be if you´re already familiar with the last couple of releases by the band (new lead vocalist or not). It´s crushingly heavy yet relatively melodic doom metal (with occasional traditional heavy metal leanings), and feautures both powerful riffs and rhythms and catchy choruses.

The EP opens with three tracks featuring vocals and then closes with the instrumental "The Goose". All four tracks are of high compositional class and it´s hard not to be impressed by the high standards of Candlemass. Add to that high level musicianship and a powerful and clear sounding production, and "Death Thy Lover" comes off a great quality release. Featuring a total playing time of 25:28 minutes you also get a fair deal of quantity for your money, and a 4 star (80%) rating is therefore fully deserved.

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