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Mighty Swedish epic doom legends CANDLEMASS are back!!! And they sure didn`t come empty-handed: "Ashes to Ashes" is a massive live onslaught on DVD that boasts two full shows (one at Sweden Rock festival 2009, the other one in Athens the same year) – plus the Sweden Rock show on CD too. Not to mention an in-depth band interview and plenty of bonus stuff!

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  • Audio CD (30 Jun 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Active
  • ASIN: B000006XEF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,060,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
Dark, bleak, intense and scary, Candlemass set out their stall from the opening notes and opening lyric, "Crypt of despair..." This album is a benchmark recording by which all other doom metal recordings should be judged. Messiah Marcolin's voice soars above the pounding drums, deafening bass and blistering riffs. Subtle this is not. Stand out tracks include "Gothic Stone/Well of Souls" and "Bewitched". If you like your metal loud, heavy, menacing and dark, then get this.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Halstead on 14 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
You'll hear people talk about 'Doom Metal', and often you'll find Candlemass mentioned as a forerunner of that genre. Indeed, their debut LP, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus fits easily into the above classification. Nightfall does not. I'm 37, I was 23 when this was release and I thought I'd heard it all - Sabbath, Diamond Head, Manowar? - All great bands, but Nightfall changed all that. I sat open mouthed for the entirity of it's first play (which was vinyl in those days). Every track is an anthem, superbly played - Messiah Marcolin on his debut would never again sing so perfectly. The emotion in at least 3 of the songs had tears rolling down my cheeks. The shivers running up my spine were not repeated for many a year. Yeah, these days I've got different tastes, but I'll never forget how Nightfall made me feel, and its a record that stands the test of time - When I invested in CD some years later it was the first CD I bought. I don't think Candlemass ever managed to better this record. I bought a few releases after this one, but eventually gave them up as a lost cause. If you like Metal - Particularly the 'Heaviest Metal', then Nightfall should be in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nev_ski on 24 July 2010
Format: MP3 Download
I got into Candlemass when Rob Lowe joined the band and haven't really heard much of their old stuff. I downloaded Nightfall because of I had heard a couple of tracks that Lowe had covered and I wanted to hear the orignal versions. I'm glad I did because I think I like the originals better & the other tracks on this album are awesome! I will be a Candlemass fan for a long time yet...lol
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Though I enjoy (is that the right word?) listening to this album, I find that Candlemass make me smile. Perhaps I should be scared, but it takes a lot to scare people with music these days. I can't help sensing that 'Nightfall's thudding slabs of funeral rock are tongue-in-cheek. This is basically early Black Sabbath updated to a modern production, and atmospheric it is too. 'The Well of Souls' is a highlight but sets the tone for what follows, while they couldn't resist having a go at the 'Funeral March'. The most pleasing aspect of 'Nightfall' for me though is that it has more in common with 1970s rock values than the crank-up-the-tempo-and-hope-for-the-best attitude of a lot of metal since. Though there's little variation in style, this is a very good album.
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Some may consider Canldemass to be Black Sabbath knockoffs but in my mind they are frightningly close to Sabbath in terms of quality. Candlemass don't have the occasional blues influence of Sabbath and instead they go all out on dark and gloomy atmosphere that almost resembles an unholy cathedral. The lyrics deal with supernatural and sometimes religious subjects which suits the operatic vocals of Messiah Marcolin perfectly. And Marcolin is rightfully famed for his voice. His range is incredible.
But the vocals are far from the only thing that Candlemass has to offer. The riffs hit you like a concrete brick to the face (even Tony Iommi would've wished he had written Bewithced), the solos are powerful and emotional, and the rhythm section grooves masterfully behind all that. And I haven't even mentioned the songwriting! From the bone crushing opener "Well of Souls" to the super slow but heavy ballad "Samarithan" the band displays a great amount of dynamics and compositional skills that put them on the top of doom metal right next to Black Sabbath.
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