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Candlemass
S/T
May 2005
Released: 2005, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 5.0/5
Reviewer: Arto Lehtinen

Finally it saw the light of day, namely the brand new Candlemass album. 16 years have passed by since the last Candlemass album, TALES OF CREATION, where Messiah Marcolin’s rugged and outstanding singing could be heard. The Swedish doomsters reunited in 2002 and had a triumphant gig at the Swedenrock festival that same year, but something went completely wrong when Candlemass announced the break up. Being on hold for six months gave an entire new kick start to the band’s members to gather together and complete their doom mission by capturing the magic doom atmosphere on this long and desperately awaited album. I’m not exactly sure how the calculation of official Candlemass albums released should be done because Edling carried out the Candlemass name with a different line-up by putting out a few decent outputs, when speaking of the era when Messiah Marcolin has been involved this S/T would be the fourth one. Anyway, the same title anonymous album consisting of all in all, eleven new epicus doomicus and metallicus hymns, has definitely been without any doubt one of the most waited albums this year as Candlemass set and created new milestones in the metal genre. As a huge fan, I was eager, curious, and more hungry to get a hold of it. The output is an excellent piece of evidence of Leif Edlin’s magic touch to creating catchy and doomy, and above all, melodic songs which are, and have been, a perfect well-known trademark for Candlemass’ unique sounds of style crowned by Messiah Marcolin’s majestical and fantastic vocals.



The album is kicked off by the rapid and heavy based Black Dwarf and followed by more traditional and heavier, slower Seven Silver Keys which melodies and words literally stuck to a listener’s head “Seven Silver Keys, Open Up Your Dreams”. It is quite absurd to start comparing the material of the fourth opus to the previous older 80’s albums, but it is definitely obvious Candlemass have stayed loyal to the style, which can be heard in this Seven Silver Keys and of course other tunes like Assassin Of The Light etc.. As for Copernicus named after the famous astronmer might be reminiscent a little bit of the old Black Sabbath elements due to its dark atmosphere as well as extreme super slow and heavy riffs.



Even though all songs on the new album are new, Witches has already been unleashed as a demo version on both ESSENTIAL comp album a year before and the demo 2003. The album Witches has got a new and more updated version. The song itself is….. damn… nothing but excellent and great. Great leading melodic and above all…. Another song taken from the same 2003 demo Born In A Tank being a bit faster than Witches, but it still has a lot of great melodic riffs and solos.



Candlemass doesn’t let any listener easy as on the Spellbreaker as well as The Day And The Night songs the doomsters put the heavier gear on whereas the bonus song Mars And Volcanoes is more quick based battle hymn.



It is kinda amazing how these older bands having been on hiatus more than a decade just wipes the dust from their own shoulders and continues as if they haven never ever been gone. Candlemass’ same titled album nothing but proves this fact right as the Swedish doom legends have composed, written and released another immortal and classic doom metal bible.
Track Listing

Enemy (intro) 00:12
Black Dwarf 05:30
Seven Silver Keys 04:59
Assassin of the Light 06:29
Copernicus 07:17
The Man Who Fell from the Sky 03:26
Witches 06:22
Born In A Tank 04:56
Spellbreaker 07:02
The Day and the Night 08:52
Mars and Volcanoes (digipak bonus track) 03:23

Lineup

Messiah Marcolin - Vocals
Lars Johansson - Guitars
Mappe Björkman – Guitars
Leif Edling - Bass
Jan Lindh – Drums


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