Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Studio album by Candlemass
Released June 10, 1986 (1986-06-10)
Recorded Thunderload Studios, Stockholm, Sweden, February 1986
Genre Doom metal[1]
Length 42:51
Label Black Dragon
Producer Ragne Wahlquist and Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
(1986)
Nightfall
(1987)

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is the debut album of the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. It was released June 10, 1986 on Black Dragon Records. On its release, the album had a significantly different sound than other European heavy metal bands of the time, because of their use of operatic vocals mixed over slow and heavy guitar riffs. The album did not sell well on its initial release, which led to the group being dropped from the label during the same year. Since then, the album has been re-issued in several different formats. The album title Epicus Doomicus Metallicus is a Dog Latin rendering of Epic Doom Metal — the genre which the band pioneered and is most commonly identified.

Production[edit]

In 1985, the members of Candlemass began writing and composing the songs "Under the Oak", "Crystal Ball", "Demons Gate" and "Dark Reflections" in Upplands Väsby.[2] In November 1985, the group recorded a demo album at O.A.L Studios, which featured the songs "Demons Gate" and "Black Stone Wielder".[2] The band did not have a regular lead singer at the time and Leif Edling performed vocals for the demo.[2] The group sent the demo to Black Dragon Records in Paris, France, who offered Candlemass a one-record deal with a budget of $1,800.[2]

In February 1986, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus was recorded at Thunderload Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, with producer Ragne Wahlquists.[2] Still without a regular vocalist, Johan Langquist performed the vocals despite not hearing any of the music the bands had performed beforehand.[2]

Musical style[edit]

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' differs from other European metal bands who were known for "playing at breakneck speeds and screaming in a high-pitched frenzy".[3] Candlemass' album features slower riffs and vocals delivered in a "baritone, operatic style".[3] The opening song "Solitude" features lyrics revolving around themes of suicide and depression.[3]

Release[edit]

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus was released on June 10, 1986 on vinyl and compact disc.[2] The band was dropped from Black Dragon Records due to disappointing album sales.[2] Candlemass followed up the album with Nightfall (1987), after being signed to Axis Records.[4]

The album has been re-issued in several formats. These include a re-issue by Powerline Records in 2002 that included a bonus disc of a live performance recorded in Birmingham in 1988.[2] In 2011, the album was re-issued by Peaceville Records with an expanded booklet and the same bonus disc.[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]
Martin Popoff 7/10 stars[6]

The online music database Allmusic gave the album a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, referring to it as "A pillar of classic '80s metal" and that it offered "the strongest, most consistent songwriting of the band's career". The review went on to mention that the album "was let down by vocalist Johan Lanquist, whose performance failed to deliver with the power and command of his immediate successor Messiah Marcolin."[3] Canadian reviewer Martin Popoff laudes the "new expression of doom as black as Black Sabbath" and the executions and mix of the six tracks of the album, but finds them "too manic depressive too uniformly".[6]

Track listings[edit]

Leif Edling (pictured) wrote all the original songs for Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

All songs written by Leif Edling except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Solitude" – 5:37
  2. "Demon's Gate" – 9:12
  3. "Crystal Ball" – 5:23
Side two
  1. "Black Stone Wielder" – 7:36
  2. "Under the Oak" – 6:56
  3. "A Sorcerer's Pledge" – 8:12
Bonus disc (Live in Birmingham, March 1988)
  1. "The Well of Souls" – 7:25
  2. "Demon's Gate – 9:02
  3. "Crystal Ball – 5:18
  4. "Solitude – 6:25
  5. "Bewitched – 6:24
  6. "A Sorcerer's Pledge – 10:53
  7. "Black Sabbath Medley" (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward) – 6:12

Personnel[edit]

Candlemass[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Christian Weberyd – guitar
  • Cille Svenson – vocals on "A Sorcerer's Pledge"

Production[edit]

  • Ragne Wahlquist – engineer, producer
  • Candlemass – artwork, cover art concept, producer
  • Ulf Magnusson – photography

Bonus CD personnel[edit]

  • Messiah Marcolin — vocals
  • Mats Björkman — guitar
  • Lars Johansson — lead guitar
  • Leif Edling — bass guitar
  • Jan Lindh — drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus – Candlemass : Credits : AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986)". Candlemass Official Website. Sweden. Archived from the original on May 27, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus – Candlemass : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Nightfall (1987)". Candlemass Official Website. Sweden. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus". Candlemass Official Website. Sweden. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. ISBN 978-1-894959-31-5. 

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