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Leif Edling
Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy
June 2009
Released: 2009, Candlelight Records
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Mr. Rock

The solo debut album from Candlemass bassist Leif Edling follows closely the doom-laden path set down by Candlemass and My Dying Bride. It’s no doubt that the music matches that of Candlemass as Edling has written a lot of the band’s material. I, however, do think this sounds more like My Dying Bride. This music is slow, plodding, depressing, and very funeral like. The eerie keyboards add a lot of atmosphere, though the songs never get to the point where the pick up any speed/power. It’s an interesting album title too, as I simply do not hear any of the joy…I do here a lot of torment.

All of the songs here, for me, have a very similar sound. Leif’s voice is sinister, and the music behind the voice is very, almost depressing. From the opening of “The Scar” to “On The Edge Of Time”, the pace never changes. It does change with the instrumental bass track “Butterfly”, which is simply filler. I don’t see the point of this piece as it does nothing to enhance the listening experience. It’s slow plucking bass…I dunno, it just doesn’t work for me. The slow, doomy pace returns for the final three songs.

If you are a fan of slow, doom metal, with funeral-like keyboards, then you will like this disc. As I’m not a fan of the genre, it doesn’t do anything for me – not to say that the musicians aren’t talented, cuz they are. It’s just that I prefer my metal a little more speedy, with a little more bite. That being said, there are a lot of Candlemass fans, or My Dying Bride fans, that are going to really get into this.
Track Listing

1. “The Scar”
2. “It Is Not There”
3. “Angelic Till I Die”
4. “On The Edge Of Time”
5. “Butterfly”
6. “My Black Birthday”
7. “Space Killer”
8. “Nautilus”


Leif Edling – vocals / bass
Bjorn Eriksson – guitar
Chris Laney – guitar
Carl Westbolm – keyboards
Lars Skold - drums

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