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Album Review

Candlemass founder/bassist Leif Edling has been quoted as boasting that Death Magic Doom is "the best album we have recorded since Nightfall." Edling definitely exaggerates; this 2009 release isn't their best album since that 1987 classic. But Death Magic Doom is excellent nonetheless, and it could easily go down in history as one of the finest metal releases of 2009 — regardless of the absence of Messiah Marcolin. Some longtime Candlemass fans have a hard time believing that the influential doom metal band can excel without Marcolin on lead vocals, but truth be told, other lead singers have also served Candlemass well along the way (including Johan Längqvist in the beginning, Tomas Vikström in the early '90s, and Björn Flodkvist in the late '90s/early 2000s). And on Death Magic Doom, Robert Lowe (of Solitude Aeternus fame) has no problem rising to the occasion. A powerhouse of a singer, Lowe brings an appealing, somewhat Ronnie James Dio-ish quality to darkly melodic, Black Sabbath-influenced gems such as "Hammer of Doom," "Clouds of Dementia," "The Bleeding Baroness," and "Demon of the Deep." Lowe really goes that extra mile — and between the impressively consistent songwriting and Lowe's inspired vocals, Death Magic Doom is clearly a winner. Nonetheless, some of Marcolin's admirers will refuse to listen to this 47-minute CD because of his absence and will wish that his reunion with Candlemass had worked out; that is to be expected. But Lowe's performances are nothing to complain about — and even though Death Magic Doom isn't Candlemass' best album in 22 years as Edling has claimed, it is nonetheless an exciting addition to their catalog.

Customer Reviews

Very Good from a Talented Doom Metal Band

I'm a 14 year old who bought this album on CD about 2 days ago. For some reason, I thought "It's like Epicus Doomicus Metallicus." Well, it has the sound that you would expect from Candlemass, but more. This album is extremely good. The guitar has a Black Sabbath-esque sound with the power of a traditional doom metal band. The lyrics are atcually really well written, which I never expect from a metal album. The vocals are also very good. They give you this eerie doom-ish feel. Overall, I highly reccommend this ablum for any Candlemass fan, or for Doom Metal fans in general. And this is coming from a 14 year old...


This being my first candlemass record, I was very impressed by the sound. As a fan of Robert Lowe I was pleased to hear him singing to his full potential, and equally pleased to find that the instrumentation was not dull doom drudgery (common in the more modern doom metal bands) but epic and very dynamic. They beat out Solitude Aeturnus in terms of instrumentals already (and I'm a solitude aeturnus fan), so I might have to buy some more of their records now. I don't know much about Messiah or their original vocalist, but Robert Lowe really hits the spot in terms of utter despair and darkness, so he works well with the band. Now to wait for the next Solitude Aeturnus album.

its ok

im a fan of death metal.....or all kinds of metal....this is a good album....but it is very repetitive and the songs can get boring...but its not terrible


Formed: 1985 in Sweden

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sweden's Candlemass helped reintroduce the lumbering power chords of Black Sabbath to an entire generation of post-New Wave of British Heavy Metal and post-thrash metalheads, almost single-handedly writing the handbook for the modern doom metal movement in the process. After the breakup of his first band, Nemesis, in 1985, bassist Leif Edling founded Candlemass with vocalist Johan Lanquist, guitarist Mats Bjorkman, and drummer Matz Ekstroem. Their watershed debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, was...
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