Peaceville Records are to release a special 25th anniversary 2CD edition of the classic Candlemass album 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' on May 16th 2011.
'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' was recorded in 1986 and released later that same year. The vocals were handled by Johan Längqvist, before iconic vocalist Messiah Marcolin became a solid fixture in the band until the early nineties.
Candlemass instantly became a great inspiration to countless metal bands upon the album's release in 1986 and the phrase Doom Metal was coined by Krusher and Mick Wall at a time when thrash metal, was fast becoming the dominant style in both Europe and the US.
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Candlemass was formed by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984, and they are well known for their epic doom metal, having a great influence over a generation of the genre's subsequent greats - Candlemass themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath.
'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' is a true classic. Heavy metal riffs blended with almost neo-classical touches, plus some theatrical elements bringing to mind bands like Mercyful Fate (thought to be another influence). All-in-all, this is considered one of the definitive Doom Metal releases.
Peaceville Records commented on the upcoming reissue:
"Marking 25 years since the release of the genre-defining Candlemass Doom metal debut, this special edition of 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' includes a bonus disc featuring commentary by founding member Leif Edling, with stories behind the songs & the recordings.
"'Epicus...' is presented in a deluxe mediabook with extra liner notes including an introduction by Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride."
This edition of 'Epicus...' includes a special commentary disc with founding member Leif Edling, recorded early 2011, discussing his memories and inspirations of the writing and recording process whilst the tracks play.
CD Disc 1.
2. Demon's Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under the Oak
6. A Sorcerer's Pledge