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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Have Classic, 7 July 2009
What? No reviews? Well, maybe it is because *everyone* whose either a music critic, musician or fan of Doom Metal acknowledges that this album is a Classic. It's as essential as Slayer's Reign in Blood, but has less songs and is longer. Incidentally, both were released in 1986, as was Metallica's Master of Puppets. Damn, we may never see such a tremendous year in metal history... But back to Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. Rarely has an album had such an apt title. This truly is what it says on the cover - and it doesn't even feature the famous Messiah Marcolini on vocals! It's old school doom, not funeral slow - hell, it even gathers some speed at times. Since it is practically flawless, there really is not much you can say to the uninitiated without sounding like you are spewing out hyperbole of the worst kind. Just give it a listen. You won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Doom Classic, 6 Aug 2013
A. S. J. Bruijn "Daytona" (Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Epicus Doomicus Metallicus [VINYL] (Vinyl)
First album by Swedish doomsters Candlemass and it is a classic. Although they made more great albums, this one remains special. Nice re-issue - red vinyl and limited edition (numbered). I would buy it again :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great unsung 80's metal, 10 Feb 2013
Red Xala "~23~" (L'Etoile du Nord) - See all my reviews
By pure serendipity, I stumbled across this amazing debut album from Candlemass. Growing up in the 1980's, I was huge metalhead (e.g., I listened to Maiden, Priest, and Ozzy/Sabbath in the early 80's, and was obsessed with Metallica and Slayer in the second half of the decade). However, Candlemass was never on my radar, which is very unfortunate...

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, released in 1986, arguably stands as Candlemass' quintessential album. There is a dark, earnest, slightly esoteric, and palpably pagan quality that resonates throughout this entire slab-heavy LP, (a quality that was never fully achieved in subsequent Candlemass recordings). The song structures are dynamic - seamlessly balancing mournful/melodic musical moments with nihilistic, "wall of doom" heaviness, rupturing guitar solos, and anguished, vocal cries.

This album deserves to be a metal classic; there isn't a weak song to be found in this recording. However, if I had to pick a favorite song, (which is difficult ), I would probably choose "Under the Oak".

Unfortunately, the original lead singer and guitarist left the band after this epic recording. If Candlemass has an "Achilles Heel," I would say that it would be associated with all of the lead vocalist changes that they have gone through. Had the band been able to stabilize their original lineup from their first album, I think that they would have stood a better chance of making solid inroads into the American metal scene at the time.
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