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Release date: 1986
Style: Epic doom metal

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Disc I
01. Solitude
02. Demon's Gate
03. Crystal Ball
04. Black Stone Wielder
05. Under The Oak
06. A Sorcerer's Pledge

Disc II [2006 re-release] [live DVD bonus]
01. Well Of Souls
02. Demons Gate
03. Crystal Ball
04. Solitude
05. Bewitched
06. A Sorcerer's Pledge
07. Black Sabbath Medley

Top 20 albums of 1986: 4
Top 200 albums of all time: 130

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Guest review by
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Rating:
9.0
The classic Epicus Doomicus Metallicus was the first doom metal album ever and set the standard that many bands have tried to cover for years while Candlemass still produced quality doom metal. And this is the only album where Johan Lanquist is the lead singer.

This masterpiece opens up with the suicidal 'Solitude'. One of the most depressing songs in metal history. The melody is beautiful and the atmospheric guitar riffs are just divine while the lyrics take to you a another world: the world of Candlemass or to your own black universe filled with fear and anger. The second song 'Demon's Gate' is the same material but a bit slower song. Technicly speaking the whole album is slow and full of melodies. 'Crystal Ball' follows exactly the same while having a slow melodic rhythm. The follow-up 'Black Stone Wielder' is a bit ?happier? song on this dark album. When you close you're eyes then you might notice a slight similarity with some classic masterminds like Wagner.

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published 10.09.2003 | Comments (19)

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Vitriolic Hate - 06.03.2010 at 14:44  
  (Epic)us (Doom)icus (Metal)licus!
Growing - 07.04.2010 at 18:32  
Rating: 10 They took that supernatural feeling from Sabbath's music and made more awesome.
soadbyob - 07.04.2010 at 20:31  
  Doom Metal perfected, EPIC!!!
Valentin B - 18.04.2010 at 00:34  
Rating: 10 Absolutely heavy, catchy, OVER THE TOP and EPIC as FUCK. there aren't enough CAPS characters i could type to express how i feel about this album. by far the best debut album i've ever heard.
Korah - 04.03.2012 at 22:02  
Rating: 9 Just epic! Very good debut album.
Oaken - 26.05.2012 at 19:28  
Rating: 9 So damn catchy. Especially those solos. I want more stuff like this.
musicalkaratekid - 16.06.2012 at 19:20  
Rating: 10 This album is just classic. In a year where thrash and heavy metal seemed to reign supreme, 'Epicus...' was showing the world that doom metal shouldn't have been forgotten at all.
Erik M. - 05.07.2012 at 16:57  
Rating: 9 This album totally blew me away, especially its last 3 tracks. Never expected this band to be this good, as I also own Nightfall, which I think is very good, but nowhere near the epicness of this album.
Lit. - 26.08.2012 at 05:44  
  This album is a monster and the undoubtedly best doom album. A Sorcerer's Pledge is so hauntingly beautiful, especially that vocalization at the end. So glad I sprang for the deluxe.
Uldreth - 13.09.2012 at 19:14  
Rating: 9 I can't stop listening to this album :/
popmik - 08.03.2013 at 02:43  
Rating: 9 Just one word can describe this album... Epic!
bkrownd - 10.03.2013 at 10:56  
  Why isn't the pre-Candlemass band Nemesis listed on this site?
Northern Danger - 26.05.2013 at 18:00  
  Such an good album.
Nick K. - 25.09.2013 at 22:42  
  Best Doom metal album and the best album of the 80s. Perfection in every way possible.
LeKiwi - 20.11.2013 at 10:13  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 25.09.2013 at 22:42

Perfection in every way possible.

your vote.....
Nick K. - 20.11.2013 at 21:46  
 
Written by LeKiwi on 20.11.2013 at 10:13

Written by Nick K. on 25.09.2013 at 22:42

Perfection in every way possible.

your vote.....

It was a 10 but ive changed it. I hardly ever rate Albums with a 10, so maybe "perfection" wasnt the acurate word for this one. Its still the best Doom metal Album.
LeKiwi - 21.11.2013 at 00:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Nick K. on 20.11.2013 at 21:46

It was a 10 but ive changed it. I hardly ever rate Albums with a 10, so maybe "perfection" wasnt the acurate word for this one. Its still the best Doom metal Album.

Nah, thinking about it I don't agree with the rating tags anyway since an album can be perfect yet not worthy of a 10
Erik M. - 07.12.2013 at 18:15  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 21.11.2013 at 00:19

Nah, thinking about it I don't agree with the rating tags anyway since an album can be perfect yet not worthy of a 10


Wtf?! That simply doesn't make sense AT ALL. When an album is perfect (subjectively, because there is no objectively perfect album!) it is of course worthy of a 10. But an album is NEVER perfect, therefore it's never worthy of a 10.0 rating. It baffles me how you would think a perfect album (which doesn't exist) can not be worthy of a 10, since perfection is the best there is, because it equals 100% and nothing less.
LeKiwi - 07.12.2013 at 18:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 07.12.2013 at 18:15

Wtf?! That simply doesn't make sense AT ALL. When an album is perfect (subjectively, because there is no objectively perfect album!) it is of course worthy of a 10. But an album is NEVER perfect, therefore it's never worthy of a 10.0 rating. It baffles me how you would think a perfect album (which doesn't exist) can not be worthy of a 10, since perfection is the best there is, because it equals 100% and nothing less.

I've already explained the concept of perfection in a previous thread:
Quote:
Perfection is subjective, however, the way I perceive it there are two varieties of "perfection" with regard to music. There is that which is perfect in that the gap between the intention and expectation and perception is non-existant; in this respect there can exist a perfect, mediocre album. The other is a more comprehensive and subjective: does the listener perceive it as an epitome of top-grade material - is it subjectively a masterpiece?

So yes, perfect albums exist and not all of them are worthy of a 10.

Edit: I sense a deluge of disagreement.
Erik M. - 07.12.2013 at 18:38  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 07.12.2013 at 18:19

I've already explained the concept of perfection in a previous thread:
Quote:
Perfection is subjective, however, the way I perceive it there are two varieties of "perfection" with regard to music. There is that which is perfect in that the gap between the intention and expectation and perception is non-existant; in this respect there can exist a perfect, mediocre album. The other is a more comprehensive and subjective: does the listener perceive it as an epitome of top-grade material - is it subjectively a masterpiece?

So yes, perfect albums exist and not all of them are worthy of a 10.


Music is never 100% objective, therefore an album can never be perfect objectively. While that's clear now, subjectively it might be possible for someone to regard an album as "perfect", but I highly doubt it because perfection means you have literally no complaint whatsoever about the album, meaning you wouldn't change even the smallest thing of an album if you could. If one would truly think a "perfect" album exists, then the definition should be just that. BUT there's always some minor detail in the music that you don't like, so it isn't perfect.

And for the 100th damn time (I've said this many times, not just to you): a masterpiece doesn't need to be "perfect" to be called a masterpiece. A masterpiece is an album that is subjectively brilliant to the listener and like you said "an epitome of top-grade material" but again: it's never perfect. Perfection equals 100%, remember that. My opinion is that the word "perfect" simply cannot be used when it comes to art (music, movies etc.).
LeKiwi - 07.12.2013 at 18:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 07.12.2013 at 18:38

Music is never 100% objective, therefore an album can never be perfect objectively. While that's clear now, subjectively it might be possible for someone to regard an album as "perfect", but I highly doubt it because perfection means you have literally no complaint whatsoever about the album, meaning you wouldn't change even the smallest thing of an album if you could. If one would truly think a "perfect" album exists, then the definition should be just that. BUT there's always some minor detail in the music that you don't like, so it isn't perfect.

And for the 100th damn time (I've said this many times, not just to you): a masterpiece doesn't need to be "perfect" to be called a masterpiece. A masterpiece is an album that is subjectively brilliant to the listener and like you said "an epitome of top-grade material" but again: it's never perfect. Perfection equals 100%, remember that. My opinion is that the word "perfect" simply cannot be used when it comes to art (music, movies etc.).

I don't recall writing that music was objective, the criteria I've written are all purely subjective What you're missing out here is that one form of perfection is subject to expectations. Therefore if your expectations are low, you expect to have minute gripes with the album. It serves it purpose and, as such, is perfect. Also, don't you think that perfection exists in the eyes of the creator(s)? I'm certain that no musician of any degree of dignity would put out an album which wasn't to his/her utmost ability.
Erik M. - 07.12.2013 at 22:02  
Rating: 9
Written by LeKiwi on 07.12.2013 at 18:48

I don't recall writing that music was objective, the criteria I've written are all purely subjective What you're missing out here is that one form of perfection is subject to expectations. Therefore if your expectations are low, you expect to have minute gripes with the album. It serves it purpose and, as such, is perfect. Also, don't you think that perfection exists in the eyes of the creator(s)? I'm certain that no musician of any degree of dignity would put out an album which wasn't to his/her utmost ability.


Well, I've always said that music is mostly subjective so it's partially objective as well. But fair enough, I guess I brought something not entirely relevant up, even though that's what I think of this matter. I'm not sure, but you could be right that perfection exists in the eyes of the creator. But maybe it's more satisfaction than perfection in their view. I mostly agree with your last sentence, because you said "musician of any degree of dignity". There are a lot of bands that simply release albums to make more money and so they care more about the money than about the quality of their music. But of course in the metal scene that doesn't happen as often as for example in the pop/rock scene.
LeKiwi - 07.12.2013 at 23:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 07.12.2013 at 22:02

Well, I've always said that music is mostly subjective so it's partially objective as well. But fair enough, I guess I brought something not entirely relevant up, even though that's what I think of this matter. I'm not sure, but you could be right that perfection exists in the eyes of the creator. But maybe it's more satisfaction than perfection in their view. I mostly agree with your last sentence, because you said "musician of any degree of dignity". There are a lot of bands that simply release albums to make more money and so they care more about the money than about the quality of their music. But of course in the metal scene that doesn't happen as often as for example in the pop/rock scene.

I think a good example would be a revivalist old school death metal band. They bring nothing new to the table, and no one expects them to. Thus it's the perfect OSDM band (or album.) Of course there will be those who think they are missing some elements or whatever, but considering there are countless listeners, one is bound to consider the effort perfect for its intentions. Just thought I'd say that since it illustrates what I think is one form of perfection.
Bad English - 25.04.2014 at 01:33  
Rating: 10 Classic doom, a great amsterpiece ... all should learn from this band
Frank Comstock - 31.10.2014 at 21:55  
Rating: 10 Best Doom Metal album ever.

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