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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus: 20th Anniversary Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B004SKI6I6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Solitude
2. Demon’s Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under the Oak
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge
Disc: 2
1. Solitude (commentary)
2. Demon’s Gate (commentary)
3. Crystal Ball (commentary)
4. Black Stone Wielder (commentary)
5. Under the Oak (commentary)
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge (commentary)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ on 14 Nov 2011
I have been a fan of Candlemass for quite a few years now, though the majority of my knowledge is gleaned from my Brother's extensive collection. However, when out collections were separated due to my moving away, I found myself torn from the Epic doom which shaped my mid-to-late teenage years. This Album marks my first purchase of Candlemass in five years and was to be used as a primary referencing point for one of my university projects; however, I find myself listening to the album constantly, perpetually in awe of the fantastic and unrivalled tone of the Godfathers of Doom in their first Gospel. To any Candlemass fans, or any advocates of Doom not familiar with them, I cannot recommend this album more highly. Even if you already own the original recording, this special edition is one of the finest additions to a well rounded Metal collection than any connoisseur could wish for. Buy it now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
EPIC DOOM METAL! 14 Sep 2013
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this band was the first to coin the phrase and whether you know it or not, they inspired almost every Scandinavian black metal band, having a huge impact on Darkthrone namely. I love lots of metal (except nu-metal), but if I had to make a choice of one album I could listen to for all time, this would be it. For only having 6 songs, it's still a solid album and every single song delievers. I've read various reviews on different metal webzines harshly criticizing session singer Johan Langquist's performance and I gotta be tactless and say: they're effing idiots! His vocals are completely solid and the only mistake he made was NOT joining Candlemass when he had the chance. Everything about his performance is superb, heartfelt, and hyper-emotional to the point of where you'd swear the lyrics were is own. I very much prefer his efforts over those of Messiah, whom I always thought brought more vibrato to the table than Stevie Nicks --that's a whole nother can of beans though. I can't find one damn thing I don't like about this album. You're not gonna find another debut as impressive unless you're looking at Appetite for Destruction, but that's not doom metal.
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Hate is My Only Friend; Pain is My Father 7 May 2014
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Much to my personal chagrin, Candlemass was not a part of my life until the end of 2013 when my younger brother first introduced me to the masters of doom. Browsing his extensive collection of Candlemass records, I was immediately struck by the iconic cover art of Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. I decided to give it a spin.

It was love at first listen.

From the crushing weight of the sheer hopelessness captured by "Solitude" to the wild, eight minute finale that is "A Sorcerer's Pledge," Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is one of those rare, flawless records that I feel comfortable calling "life-changing." There is not a dull moment, a boring riff, a bad vocal, or anything else disappointing about the album. It's perfect.

Being that this is the 25th Anniversary Edition of Epicus, if you're reading this you probably already know how unbelievably awesome the album is. As such, I'll spare you the pages of gushing praise I could write about Epicus and focus instead on what the 25th Anniversary Edition (25th A.E. from here on out) offers fans.

Being a Candlemass newbie, I don't own any other editions of Epicus. However, I've listened to the original pressing, and I can state confidently that the 25th A.E. manages to sound quite a bit clearer and significantly fuller without losing any of the rawness that makes it so appealing. What I don't know is how the 25th A.E. compares to other reissues. Still, it sounds very good through my Bose speakers, the only noticeable issue being some crackly stuff (possibly mic bleed on the original recording?) early in "A Sorcerer's Pledge," which I suspect is impossible to remove without destroying Johan Langquist's epic vocal tracks.

In addition to the remastered pressing of Epicus, the 25th A.E. includes a bonus disc with commentary from Candlemass bassist and founder Leif Edling. I've listened to it 7 or 8 times now, and it's awesome every time. Leif offers a lot of insight about the recording process (their studio was a dump), the early struggles the band experienced (Johan Langquist and lead guitarist Klas Bergwall both served as session musicians on Epicus because the band could not find anyone who wanted to join on a permanent basis), and other album specifics I never would have noticed (drummer Matz Ekström was forced to play another band's kit on "A Sorcerer's Pledge"). He's an entertaining guy to listen to who has a lot of good stories. The only bummer about the bonus disc is that it's just one, continuous track; a minor complaint, but still annoying if I play the actual CD and want to skip ahead.

Concerning the packaging, the 25th A.E. is really high quality. The case isn't a cheap plastic piece of trash, nor is it one of those flimsy, paper-thin cardboard cases that deteriorates as soon as you remove it from the shelf. Instead, it's a heavy-duty cardboard case that contains a built-in 20-page booklet of old pictures and other liner notes. As a whole, the release is a collector's dream: it looks every bit as fine as it sounds.

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is simply one of the greatest slabs of metal I've ever held in my possession. It is an absolute must-own for anyone who favors himself (or herself) a metalhead. Considering the superior quality of the 25th Anniversary Edition, I recommend going that route when you purchase it. For an album that almost didn't happen, it truly is incredible that Epicus is still changing lives nearly 30 years later. Consider me the latest convert to the Church of Candlemass!
One of the greatest metal albums of all time 16 May 2014
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I have tons of music: CDs and digital. But I listen to this album quite frequently: considering how much music I have. My apologies to Black Sabbath, but I can't imagine there's a better doom metal album than this. There's a reason why, when I posted this review, it had gotten nothing but 5 out of 5 stars. If you like metal, check out the real thing.
"Death is my sanctuary, I seek it with pleasure" 26 Feb 2014
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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the first album by exalted Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. Written entirely by bassist Leif Edling and assembled after the breakup of his band Nemesis, EDM produces every element you would expect to find within an album carrying such a title. In fact, it’s so solid I truly have a difficult time trying to come up with things I don’t like about it.

First off, the lyrics are exactly what you would expect out of an album such as this (epic stories about demons, mythology, sorcery, etc.), but at the same time they do not come off as uninspired or overly cheesy. Vocalist Johan Längqvist delivers these lyrics with such a phenomenal performance that I honestly become sad when I remember that this is the only album he recorded with the band. The energy and emotion he puts into this album truly makes it what it is. No, he’s not Messiah, but I feel like I can take Längqvist’s singing style a little more seriously than his successor’s.

Along with Längqvist's vocals you get the classic, heavy, churning riffs Edling has proved so great at producing over the years. Klas Bergwall and Mats Björkman deliver this steady barrage of doom without relent through the entire 43 minutes of this album. Whether it’s the killer main riff on “Solitude” or that eerie solo on “Crystal Ball,” EDM never quits its hypnotic and addictive guitar work. Matz Ekström’s performance, while not the first thing one notices, is also superb and deserves more than just a quick glance. Even one of Edling’s bass lines surfaces from time to time to remind you that he does indeed contribute more than just epic songwriting.

This CD is very easily argued to the top of Candlemass’s discography, carrying such classics as “Solitude” and “Under the Oak” with it. Throughout the entire 7 song list you are delivered that slow, creepy vibe that makes you think of nothing but eternal despair. That being said, I feel like I need to point out (if it’s not already blatantly obvious) that this is not the kind of music you put on when you’re partying with your friends. This album is a one way ticket to sadness, despite its musical beauty.

In essence, Candlemass’s Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the birth of doom metal. If you’re already a doom fan then it is a must have CD, if you’re not then it is a great place to start.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Candlemass 12 Mar 2014
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Excellent CD!!! Though I have not listened to disc 2 as yet. Disc 1 was superb!!! I love it for sure.
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