on 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.
on 24 August 2015
"Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is a truly ground breaking album for its time (1986) as it was slow, moody, doomy, melancholy and heavy as hell in a time when bands were trying to break the sound barrier or play riffs so fast that their hands would fly off! The album has six tracks on it that clock up an impressive 42 minutes of playing time which was previously unheard of. The heaviness of the entire album is palpable and the production of the songs is as clear as crystal. In my humble opinion this album was an instrumental influence in the creation of the Gothic Metal genre that would be born four short years after this album's release. "Epicus..." is timeless and is just as amazing as when it first came out, the emotional depth of the vocals was unprecedented at the time of it's release and the music took what Black Sabbath had done and gave it even more weight!! Soaring guitar leads that were melodic and darkly moody adorned the songs like jewels on a crown and the vocals painted an atmosphere of subterranean caverns filled with evil demons and devils ready to tear the trespassing traveller to shreds at any moment!! The guitar riffs, drums and bass guitar created a dense wall of sound that was so heavy but clear and precise at the same time, this was a new musical experience and I loved it completely!! In my humble opinion "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" is one of the greatest Heavy Metal albums of all time!!! Each of the six tracks are special in their own way but my personal favourite is without a doubt "The Sorcerer's Pledge" which is one of my all time favourite tracks ever!!! Candlemass broke the mould with this album and furthered the genre that bands like Black Sabbath, Black Widow, Trouble, St Vitus, The Obsessed and Pentagram had started. I can recommend this album to anyone who loves Classic Heavy Metal, Classic Doom Metal or Gothic Metal!! This album is essential listening!!!
on 10 February 2013
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.