Today we serve a real double penetration, first this week's album and then a bunch of photos from the band's release party .... erm double penetration sounds a little crazy there, but who cares.
Candlemass is one of the pioneers of doom metal, with the iconic album "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", released in 1986. Now the band has recorded what Leif say will be their final studio album, "Psalms For The Undead". They still plan to play live, for how long is still unknown.
Psalms For The Undead is the 11:th album and to be the last to feature vocalist Robert Lowe, who has since been replaced by Therion/Krux singer Mats Levén for touring purposes. In addition, keyboardist Per Wiberg (Ex-Opeth, Spiritual Beggars) would also join the band on stage for these live shows.
The album continues in the same familiar path without any significant excesses, the album is the catchiest overall songwriting Leif's done in the past 10 years. Even Rob sounds excellent, it's perhaps the best he's sounded to date. The tunes have a real blazingly melodic with heavy, doomy riffs. And in overall this album is a real highclass Candlemass album a must if you dig this.
Now that the doomsday bells are ringing for the last time, I put in this with a great satisfaction that Candlemass choose to end with the flag on top, an extremely worthy bookend for an incredibly impressive journey. Regardless of how much time you want to waste wondering if they will stick to the ultimatum, but I really hope that they do.
In conjunction with the release of the album, arranged Candlemass a concert (release party) at Debaser here in Stockholm, of course, I was there. A concert that really were of good standard and lots of classic tracks were played, a complete musical enjoyment.
Here is some pictures taken during the evening.
|My friend Jojje with Leif|
Todays tune "The Sound of Dying Demons" is taken from the last record "Psalms For The Undead". A tune that is very true to its title, as it’s slow, heavy and epic as hell.
Thank you, Candlemass, for all these years and countless hours that are spent together with your wonderfully epic doom. Things simply are not going to be the same without you.
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Listen to ”Candlemass - The Sound of Dying Demons" on Spotify here!