Candlemass - Death Magic Doom (2009)


While I’ve never been a big fan of this band, I have to admit the legendary status they achieved by influencing many doom metal bands. “Death Magic Doom” is clearly one of their finest releases, musically speaking. One big improvement over the past albums, and the reason I did not liked their music was their old vocalists, Messiah Marcolin, was just annoying. And Robert Lowe has better versatility and his vocals go better with the music. Since they kicked out Messiah from the band in 2006, I’ve started liking their releases.

This album features the typical Epic Doom metal style that the band excels at, but at some points it even sounds like ‘slow’ heavy metal!!, and Robert Lowe’s vocal range is perfect for this. The production of the album is stellar since you can listen to the album several times and still discover new things within the music.

This band has been through tons of line-up changes and now after kicking out Messiah have probably their best lineup. Since the band members thru the years have considerably improved their playing skill, and now they all blend to perfection in this release.

The 8 tracks featured in this album clock around 48 minutes. But what makes this album very listenable is that, while each track features the Candlemass signature sound, all of them differ from the previous one. So you are not stuck listening to the same track for 48 minutes, like with other bands that make an attempt at this genre.

In general I would recommend this release to all of Candlemass fans and Epic Doom metal fans as well since it’s a pretty solid album from a legendary band.

Band: Candlemass Album: Death Magic Doom
Label: Nuclear Blast Year: 2009
Official Site myspace
Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Country: Sweden

Rating: 84/100

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