Candlemass - The Door to Doom (2019)


Epic Doom luminaries Candlemass finally return with “The Door to Doom”, their first full-length release in nearly seven years. With the return of Johan Längquist on vocals, the band delivers one of the most quintessential releases in this genre, filled with heavy riffs, and a old-school Doom antics. Delivering over 47 minutes of music in eight tracks, this album will certainly resonate with new and old fans of the band.

Leading with the crushing riffs of “Splendor Demon Majesty”, the band sets a timeless vibe thanks to their methodical approach to the genre. Johan’s vocals perfectly complement the crafty guitar work and the overall heavy and slow mood of the track. One of our favorite things in this release has to be the brilliant guitar leads, showcases on tracks like “Under the Ocean” and with the guest appearance of Tony Iommi on the superb “Astorolus - The Great Octopus”.

Changing things up a bit, the dreamy “Bridge of the Blind” provides a nice breather with a folkish vibe. Back to basics, “Death's Wheel” unleashes masterfully catchy riffs that lead directly to uncontrolable headbanging. As the band pummels through tracks like “Black Trinity” and “House of Doom”, we can instantly identify all the elements that have influenced other Doom bands over the years, bands like Cathedral, My Dying Bride, and others far reaching as Primordial.

Closing the release with Black Sabbath-ish “The Omega Circle”, we are quite pleased with how the band continues to slightly evolve their timeless sound by keeping it fresh and interesting. “The Door to Doom” is yet another typical Candlemass album that will please all fans and followers, by providing them with some catchy songs to headbang and enjoy. We are looking forward to be able to catch the band live again, this time with Johan on vocals singing their “Epicus Doomicus Metallicus” classics.

Bands: Candlemass Album: The Door to Doom

Label: Napalm Records

Release: February 22nd, 2019

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Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Country: Sweden

Rating: 93/100

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