Nightfall (album)

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Studio album by Candlemass
Released November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09)
Recorded Thunderload Studios during July-September 1987[1]
Genre Doom metal[2]
Length 46:37
Label Axis
Producer Ragne Wahlqvist, Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
Ancient Dreams
Singles from Nightfall
  1. "Samarithan"
    Released: 1987
  2. "At the Gallows End"
    Released: 1987

Nightfall is the second studio album by Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. Released on November 11, 1987 by Axis Records. After being dropped from their label Black Dragon Records, Candlemass were the first band signed to Axis. The group had a new line-up from their previous album including the vocalist Messiah Marcolin whose decisions became instrumental during the production and release stages of the album.

Two singles were released from Nightfall: "Samarithan" and "At the Gallows End". A music video was directed by for the song "Bewitched" by Jonas Åkerlund. The album has been re-released in various formats and was followed up by Ancient Dreams in 1988.


After being dropped from Black Dragon Records due to the disappointing sales of their previous album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986), Candlemass became the first band signed to David Constable's British label Axis records.[3][4] Constable had decided to sign the band after being impressed with their demo tape for "Bewitched".[4]

Thomas Cole's painting "Old Age" from The Voyage of Life was used for the album cover.

The group's line-up had changed since their previous studio recording. Jan Lind had replaced Mats Ekström who had left the group due to not finding enough time for rehearsals.[4] Lars Johansson had also joined the group. During a tour in 1987 with King Diamond, Johansson broke his arm leading him to be replaced by Mike Wead The final new member was the new vocalist Messiah Marcolin who phoned Leif Edling to sing an a'capella version of "Solitude" as an audition.[4]

Nightfall was recorded at Thunderload Studios with Ragne Wahlquist as a producer.[4] Wead's brief membership in Candlemass lead to recording of the song "Black Candles" while the recording of the song "Marche Funèbre" was Marcolin's idea.[4] Marcolin became a strong influence in the group's choices. This included the album cover being based on Thomas Cole's paintings "The Voyage of Life".[4] The song "Samarithan" was originally written during the recording sessions for Epicus Doomicus Metallicus but were rejected by former group member Mats Ekström.[4]

Edling's original title for the album (Gothic Stone) was rejected in favor of Marcolin's title Nightfall.[4] After completing the sessions at Thunderlad, the recordings were Mixed by Mats Lindfors at Stockholm Recording Studio.[4]


New vocalist for the group Messiah Marcolin came up with the album title for Nightfall

Nightfall was released on November 9, 1987 by Axis Records on vinyl and compact disc.[4] In 1988, the album was released by Metal Blade Records.[2] Two singles were released from Nightfall in 1987. The first was for "Samaraithan" which was released on both 7-inch and 12-inch vinyl.[5][6] Metal Blade Records released "At the Gallows End" as a 12-inch single in 1987.[7]

A music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund for the song "Bewitched" in 1988.[8] "Bewitched" was the first music video by Åkerlund who was previously a member of the Swedish metal group Bathory.[9] Åkerlund would go on to make music videos for other Swedish bands Whale and Roxette as well as international musicians such as Metallica, U2 and Lady Gaga.[8]

In the 2000s, the album was re-leased in Sweden by Powerline Records which included demo tracks, live versions of songs and a music video for the song "Bewitched".[10] In 2007, the album was re-issued by Peaceville Records with similar bonus tracks.[11][3]


The album received a rating of four and a half stars out of five from the online music database Allmusic. The review compared the album favorably to the group's previous work, stating that it "managed to break even more new ground by introducing the operatic bellowing of new vocalist Messiah Marcolin, whose religious lyrics found the perfect match in the slow, grinding power chords written by bassist Leif Edling."[2] The review criticized the songs "At the Gallow's End" and "Dark Are the Veils of Death" stating that Candlemass "can't resist thrashing out just a tad" on these songs.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Leif Edling, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gothic Stone"     0:48
2. "The Well of Souls"     7:16
3. "Codex Gigas"     2:20
4. "At the Gallows End"     5:48
5. "Samarithan"     5:30
6. "Marche Funèbre"   Frédéric Chopin 2:22
7. "Dark Are the Veils of Death"     7:08
8. "Mourners Lament"     6:10
9. "Bewitched"     6:38
10. "Black Candles"   Mike Wead 2:18
Bonus CD tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bewitched" (Demo)   7:10
2. "Battlecry" (Demo)   6:08
3. "The Well of Souls" (Live)   5:16
4. "Dark Are the Veils of Death" (Live)   4:08
5. "At the Gallows End" (Studio Outtake)   5:50
6. "Mourners Lament" (Studio Outtake)   5:36
7. "Interview"     24:21
8. "Bewitched" (Music video)   7:34




  1. ^ a b Candlemass. Nightfall. Metal Blade Records, 1988.
  2. ^ a b c d Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Nightfall". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus (1986)". Candlemass Official Website. Sweden. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Nightfall (1987)". Candlemass Official Website. Sweden. Retrieved March 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Samarithan 7" and 12"". Candlemass Official website. Sweden. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Discography". Candlemass Official website. Sweden. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "At the Gallows End 12"". Candlemass Official website. Sweden. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "CV". Jonas Akerlund Official Website. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ Rosenberg, Adam (September 11, 2009). "Jonas Akerlund In The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Director Spotlight". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Nightfall (+Bonus Tracks)". Allmusic. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Nightfall (CD - Peaceville Records / Snapper #CDVILED 202X)". Allmusic. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 

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