|'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' is the debut of this Swedish band around big composing talent and bassist Leif Edling. The title of this work most probably led to the use of the term 'Doom-metal' to describe our favourite musical genre. Unlike doom death, classical doom metal bands like Candlemass don't use any death grunts, only clean, traditional heavy metal vocals.|
This work meant a blow with the fist in the face of every trendy, fake attempt to make metal in the eighties. It features six lengthy, epic doom tracks that bathe in an enigmatic, dark atmosphere. The production is very obscure and underground, but it contributes to the overall mysterious and epical sound, which is still very unique after 14 years of doom metal.
Too bad that session vocalist Johan Lanquist only sung on this album and completely disappeared afterwards, because his vocals - that refer to traditional heavy metal and power metal but that fortunately fit with the dark, epical music of this album - are very powerful. But I'm sure that if he reads this review, he'll grin at the thought that he contributed to an album that was essential for the development of a whole movement within metal, a movement which refuses to follow any trend or image.
To sum this up in the words of 'Solitude', the first track of this work: "Hear this words, vilifiers and pretenders/Please let me die in solitude."
2. Demon's Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under the Oak
6. A Sorceror's Pledge
Duration : Approx. 43 minutes
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