Doom metal masterpiece,
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This review is from: Nightfall (Audio CD)
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.