Ancient Dreams

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Ancient Dreams
Studio album by Candlemass
Released November 22, 1988
Recorded August 1988 at Nacka Recording House
Genre Epic doom metal
Length 58:31
Label Active Records
Producer Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Ancient Dreams
Tales of Creation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Ancient Dreams is the third album of Swedish doom metal band Candlemass and was released in 1988, and reissued in 2001 by Powerline Records with bonus CD. The cover art of the album is a painting made by Thomas Cole, second in his series, "The Voyage of Life", entitled "Youth". Ancient Dreams was the first Candlemass album to chart in the USA, debuting at #74 on the Billboard album chart.

"Epstle 81" (Märk hur vår skugga), was written by Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael Bellman (1740 - 1795).

"Incarnation of Evil" is actually a reworked version of the old Nemesis track "Black Messiah."

The band is not happy with the album mix, and they place the blame on their (then) record label rush-producing the LP to coincide with a US tour.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Leif Edling except were noted.. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Mirror Mirror"     6:15
2. "A Cry from the Crypt"     7:24
3. "Darkness in Paradise"     6:46
4. "Incarnation of Evil"     7:19
5. "Bearer of Pain"     7:23
6. "Ancient Dreams"     7:04
7. "The Bells of Acheron"     5:21
8. "Epistle No. 81"   Carl Michael Bellman 4:37
9. "Black Sabbath Medley"   Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward 6:14
Total length:
  • The track "Black Sabbath Medley" is a CD bonus track and is composed of parts of songs from Black Sabbath, namely: "Symptom of the Universe", "Sweet Leaf", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Into the Void", "Electric Funeral", "Supernaut", "Black Sabbath".


  • Rex Gisslén - Mixing
  • Peter Dahl - Mastering
  • Wendy Kramer - Artwork, Graphics
  • Micke Lind - Remastering
  • Micke Mårtensson - Artwork, Layout
  • Ulf Magnusson - Photography


Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200
1989 Ancient Dreams #74


  1. ^ Rivaldavia, Eduardo. Ancient Dreams at AllMusic