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Release date: 6 June 2012
Style: Epic doom metal

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01. Prophet
02. The Sound Of Dying Demons
03. Dancing In The Temple Of The Mad Queen Bee
04. Waterwitch
05. The Lights Of Thebe
06. Psalms For The Dead
07. The Killing Of The Sun
08. Siren Song
09. Black As Time

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Lyrics (9)


Line-up
Robert Lowe - vocals
Lars "Lasse" Johansson - lead guitar
Mats "Mappe" Björkman - guitars
Leif Edling - bass
Jan "Janne" Lindh - drums

Guest musicians
Carl Westholm - keyboards on all tracks except "Siren Song"
Per Wiberg - hammond organ on "Siren Song"
Mats Levén - backing vocals
Mark Roberton - narration on "Black As Time"


Additional info
Recorded at B.A.M. Studios, Stockholm by Andreas Bauman during December 2011.
Mixed by Chris Laney at LaneyLand, Stockholm (also additional recordings and editing).
Special CD edition bonus DVD editing by Chris Laney and Mats "Mappe" Björkman.
Produced by Leif Edling and mastered by Sören von Malmborg at Cosmos.
Drumfix assistance by Rickard Gustavsson,

Cover artwork and graphics by Erik Rovanperä.

Guest review by
Head of Metal

Rating:
7.5
It's always terrifying when a widely respected band that's seemingly been around forever announces it's final studio album.

But if this is, in fact, the 12th and final record from the Swedish doom metal legends, fans can comfortably know that the band went out with the Candlemass spirit very much alive and well.

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Jan - 15.10.2011 at 10:26  
  Great that there will be a new album. Not so great that it will be their last.

With DMD it seemed they where back big time - but perhaps things are not working out for them.

Anyway, better to end with a bang than a sizzle...
Nocturno-Inculto - 06.05.2012 at 19:21  
  I just cannot waiiitttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!1
Chobo_jokeR - 31.05.2012 at 06:50  
Rating: 7 Other than the 1.5 minutes of god awful sound clip at the start of Black As Time, this is a pretty solid album.
annodomini - 31.05.2012 at 12:24  
Rating: 9 An amazing swansong. Riffs just drives me crazy!
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.05.2012 at 14:02  
Rating: 4 Thank God this band are being laid to rest before they become truly embarrassing. This is so far away from what they were once capable of it's not even funny. Absolute tosh.
The Melting Snow - 05.06.2012 at 08:18  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.05.2012 at 14:02

Thank God this band are being laid to rest before they become truly embarrassing. This is so far away from what they were once capable of it's not even funny. Absolute tosh.




now what's wrong with this album? i'm halfway through the 4th song, the riffs, solos, vocals pretty solid till yet. i'm enjoying
The Melting Snow - 05.06.2012 at 22:57  
Rating: 8 Http://youtu.be/r1jq0Dto4HE

listen to the whole album here
Rulatore - 06.06.2012 at 05:21  
  Quite weird, not sure if liked it, but seems a bit ok and I cant comparte it with the old material since this is my first time with them
Troy Killjoy - 06.06.2012 at 17:53  
  I don't even think this can be called doom anymore. More like straight-up heavy metal. :/
The Melting Snow - 07.06.2012 at 10:42  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.06.2012 at 17:53

I don't even think this can be called doom anymore. More like straight-up heavy metal. :/


as long as it's good, does the genre even matter? (that's what you said to me when i said at nightwish's album that it doesnt even sound like metal anymore), right back at ya :p
Troy Killjoy - 07.06.2012 at 15:47  
 
Written by The Melting Snow on 07.06.2012 at 10:42
as long as it's good, does the genre even matter? (that's what you said to me when i said at nightwish's album that it doesnt even sound like metal anymore), right back at ya :p

It was just an observation - and kind of a response of surprise considering their previous efforts were more purely rooted in doom. This time around the style is much more sped up and the atmosphere isn't nearly as depressive.

As for the similarity in our posts, I remember yours was about Nightwish no longer being metal - not being a different sub-genre.
Marcel Hubregtse - 07.06.2012 at 16:20  
Rating: 6 Damn this is extremely mediocre. No matter how you regard this, as doom or straight up heavy metal. For both genres it would be considered mediocre.
Troy Killjoy - 07.06.2012 at 17:09  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 07.06.2012 at 16:20
For both genres it would be considered mediocre.

That was the ultimate point of my post. This could have been power metal or death metal and it still would have been bland.
xdissectionx - 10.06.2012 at 20:06  
  Riffs and solos are pretty solid. Starting to sound more heavy stoner. Some awkward lyrics & flow make me cringe though.
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.06.2012 at 20:20  
Rating: 6
Written by xdissectionx on 10.06.2012 at 20:06

Riffs and solos are pretty solid. Starting to sound more heavy stoner. Some awkward lyrics & flow make me cringe though.


stoner? Nogt a single hint of stoner in their current sound. It is more heavy metal/power metal nowadays.
jawbreaker - 12.06.2012 at 13:41  
  The weakest album with Lowe. Disappointed.
Passenger - 13.06.2012 at 12:58  
Rating: 8 It's the weakest album with Lowe, but I think it's still solid Doom/Heavy Metal, with songs like Dancing In The Temple and Psalms For The Dead being highlights. Really enjoy the weird 80-horror film-like tone of The Sound Of Dying Demons. Great riffs, great vocals. Very happy with this
Scuzzy McDouche - 14.06.2012 at 16:35  
Rating: 9 Wow, I've heard nothing but praise for this album until I came here to look at comments. I have to say that IMO you haters are out of your fucking minds. This album is awesome. Candlemass still retains their core sound they have had for decades, yet this time they have this darker oldschool metal element that reminds me of King Diamond and Mercyful Fate without ripping either of those bands off outright. In fact, I would go as far as to say this is the band's best work since Nightfall, and Robert Lowe's best performance as a vocalist since Solitude Aeutrnus - Through the Darkest Hour. What sucks is the fact that they have finally gotten their shit together, and now Rob leaves with this being their last studio album? WTF?!
Mr. Doctor - 14.06.2012 at 16:38  
 
Written by Scuzzy McDouche on 14.06.2012 at 16:35
I have to say that IMO you haters are out of your fucking minds.


I'm so sorry some of us don't agree with you but there's no reason to call us haters specially if many of us here are fans of the bands. Jeez, people seem to overuse the word "hater" nowdays.
We just disagree, deal with it and peace!
Troy Killjoy - 14.06.2012 at 16:40  
 
Written by Scuzzy McDouche on 14.06.2012 at 16:35
I have to say that IMO you haters are out of your fucking minds.

Haters? I think the vast majority of users commenting here can actually be considered fans of the band... It's called being objective and not letting the big name alone impress you.
!J.O.O.E.! - 14.06.2012 at 18:38  
Rating: 4 How anyone can say this retains their core sound is beyond me. Candlemass used to be exceptional, epic traditional doom. This is neither epic or doom. Or good.
musicalkaratekid - 14.06.2012 at 18:56  
Rating: 7 Alright album, but nothing special knowing that the band have made much, much better music before. The beginning to 'Black as Time' is ridiculously silly. The music itself isn't that bad however, guitar riffs seem to have more of a heavy metal influence than actual doom metal,but it still sounds bearable.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.06.2012 at 19:36  
Rating: 6 Wow that's fun being called a hater of Candlemass when in fact I am one of the biggest fans of the band here on MS and been a huge fan of theirs ever since Epicus Doomicus Metallicus was released.
If being a hater means that I don't swallow everything a band releases then so be it. This album is a really weak effort and contains NOTHING of the band's core sound, like JOOE said. This is middle of the road heavy metal with loads fof power influences for the gullible masses.
NocturnalStalker - 17.06.2012 at 20:14  
Rating: 7 It seems I already know the biggest letdown this year for me...
I don't mean to say that this album is bad but I see it as not only the weakest Candlemass album with Robert Lowe on vocals but also one of the weakest Candlemass albums of all time. The riffs and vocals parts sound more like a recycling of their previous works (but with more accent on heavy metal side) and are pretty unmemorable.
All in all, this album makes me very sad...
IronAngel - 20.06.2012 at 14:14  
  Hmm... I'm growing to dislike this album more the more I listen to it. That's unusual, haha.

It's not garbage, but it's a disappointing swansong for a band that used to be one of the greatest in epic doom, or doom in general.

I do like Prophet, Waterwitch and Psalms for the Dead. I think the opener pulls off their more straightforward, catchier heavy metal approach very well, whereas the other two are a welcome in their heaviness. I actually like them a lot, now that I went back and listened to them more closely. Especially the title track.

Black as Time is not only a bad song to end a career with, the narration is one of the most embarassing in history. It's just so out-of-place and tacky. My forehead still hurts from all the facepalming.

Also, I do not like the solos on the album. Not that I've ever been a fan of most solos, but putting it out there anyway.
Big E - 24.06.2012 at 05:06  
  Was disappointed upon first listen. Put it aside for a couple days and revisited it. It's good except for Time is Black... what were they thinking?
M C Vice - 03.07.2012 at 11:14  
Rating: 5 Was song 3 written by Roger Glover?
Was the last track someone's stand up routine?
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.07.2012 at 11:25  
Rating: 6
Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:14

Was song 3 written by Roger Glover?


except for the title having a bee in it just like "Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee" (which is song number 3 on the Roger loer & Friends album) I can't see any connection.
M C Vice - 03.07.2012 at 11:29  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.07.2012 at 11:25

Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:14

Was song 3 written by Roger Glover?


except for the title having a bee in it just like "Saffron Dormouse and Lizzy Bee" (which is song number 3 on the Roger loer & Friends album) I can't see any connection.

I sounds like it could be from The Butterfly Ball. Dancing with a bee and all that.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.07.2012 at 11:30  
Rating: 6
Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:29

I sounds like it could be from The Butterfly Ball. Dancing with a bee and all that.


But not musically
M C Vice - 03.07.2012 at 11:35  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.07.2012 at 11:30

Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:29

I sounds like it could be from The Butterfly Ball. Dancing with a bee and all that.


But not musically

No, i ment lyricaly. The Butterfly Ball's a lot better than this. It's got Dio and Glen Hughes on it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.07.2012 at 11:41  
Rating: 6
Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:35

The Butterfly Ball's a lot better than this. It's got Dio and Glen Hughes on it.


It does feature Dio (just on two songs) Glen Hughes and David Coverdale amongst others, but is a pretty damn weak album, actually even weaker than this Candlemass album
M C Vice - 03.07.2012 at 11:49  
Rating: 5
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.07.2012 at 11:41

Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:35

The Butterfly Ball's a lot better than this. It's got Dio and Glen Hughes on it.


It does feature Dio (just on two songs)

3 songs, actually (11, 19, 20).
Marcel Hubregtse - 03.07.2012 at 11:51  
Rating: 6
Written by M C Vice on 03.07.2012 at 11:49

3 songs, actually (11, 19, 20).


haven''t got the album with me to work so can''t check, but will take your word for it for now.
Alex Fenger - 09.08.2012 at 10:51  
Rating: 5 I finally listened to it, and i was hoping i wouldn't agree with Joe, Marcel, and Troy... but sadly this album has the word mediocre written all over it.
Daniell - 10.08.2012 at 09:34  
Rating: 5 Only one song, "Waterwitch" is really good. The rest is a laugh in the face of all Candlemass fans that know and appreciate the band's work. What a terrible way to say goodbye...
Marcel Hubregtse - 20.11.2012 at 08:42  
Rating: 6
Written by yanivush147 on 16.11.2012 at 08:10

I like the album, my favorite era will always be the 80's with the first four albums, but as an album this is a nice one to finish the career.
The sound is good and there are many good songs, my favorites are 'The Sound of Dying Demons', 'Waterwitch' and 'The Killing of the Sun'.


I totally disagree with you. This is their worst album imo and therefore a totally unworthy album to finish their career with
Wraith000 - 20.12.2012 at 18:41  
Rating: 9 My first candle mass album !!! pretty awesome album all around love the riffs
Abattoir - 20.12.2012 at 19:08  
  So I guess this is more like epic fail and not epic doom anymore...quite poor farewell to be honest.
Valentin B - 09.01.2013 at 19:18  
  I laughed my ass off at the narration in Black as Time hahahah "Time doesn't give a shit!" but I gotta agree, it's a bad and incredibly drawn out song. And what a nasty fucking surprise at the middle of the song hahah, that was one voice I was hoping I would not hear again too soon.

I'm actually surprised "Time doesn't give a shit" hasn't become a meme in the vein of Lulu - "I am the Table" or something like that.
Angelic Storm - 09.01.2013 at 19:44  
 
Written by Valentin B on 09.01.2013 at 19:18
I'm actually surprised "Time doesn't give a shit" hasn't become a meme in the vein of Lulu - "I am the Table" or something like that.


If Candlemass were as huge as Metallica, it would have become one, I feel confident of that!
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2013 at 20:19  
 
Written by Valentin B on 09.01.2013 at 19:18
And what a nasty fucking surprise at the middle of the song hahah, that was one voice I was hoping I would not hear again too soon.


What surprise? Besides one of the worst fucking intros I've heard in my entire life... and the song being extremely boring, I didn't catch anything in the middle.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2013 at 20:42  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.01.2013 at 20:19

Written by Valentin B on 09.01.2013 at 19:18
And what a nasty fucking surprise at the middle of the song hahah, that was one voice I was hoping I would not hear again too soon.


What surprise? Besides one of the worst fucking intros I've heard in my entire life... and the song being extremely boring, I didn't catch anything in the middle.


the voice of the intro is there again with a spoke line. Actually it's at about 2/3 of the song at 4.33 "Time is the sword of destruction, a faceless conqueror, the master of doom"
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2013 at 20:44  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2013 at 20:42
the voice of the intro is there again with a spoke line. Actually it's at about 2/3 of the song at 4.33 "Time is the sword of destruction, a faceless conqueror, the master of doom"


Ah, got it... I guess I was too literal with the "middle" thing. I thought the beginning was so awful nothing afterwards could top it.
Marcel Hubregtse - 09.01.2013 at 20:52  
Rating: 6
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.01.2013 at 20:44

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2013 at 20:42
the voice of the intro is there again with a spoke line. Actually it's at about 2/3 of the song at 4.33 "Time is the sword of destruction, a faceless conqueror, the master of doom"


Ah, got it... I guess I was too literal with the "middle" thing. I thought the beginning was so awful nothing afterwards could top it.



that part doesn't come close to the intro in hooridness. But the worst spoken intro ever is of course Kvarfoth's rant at the start of one of the albums (which got cut from the retail version and rightly so)
Valentin B - 09.01.2013 at 21:05  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 09.01.2013 at 20:19

Written by Valentin B on 09.01.2013 at 19:18
And what a nasty fucking surprise at the middle of the song hahah, that was one voice I was hoping I would not hear again too soon.


What surprise? Besides one of the worst fucking intros I've heard in my entire life... and the song being extremely boring, I didn't catch anything in the middle.

I'm talking about the voice in the intro, just when you think he finally shuts up, he's at it again
Mr. Doctor - 09.01.2013 at 21:07  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 09.01.2013 at 20:52
But the worst spoken intro ever is of course Kvarfoth's rant at the start of one of the albums (which got cut from the retail version and rightly so)


Oh definitely... I'm SOOO glad that my very first contact with the band was when I bought that album without the spoken intro. That was pure luck since I would have been pissed off otherwise!
John Shock - 12.05.2013 at 02:39  
  That last track "Black As Time", specially the intro of that song is fucking epic...that sentence is amazing, it tells everything you should know about the reality of time!!!
AtrumHiberna - 10.11.2013 at 23:41  
Rating: 8 Crushing doom! it just blew me away. they still got it, even after all these years

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