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Candlemass : Ancient Dreams

It was the year 1988. I was 17 years old. The phone rings. It was the local record shop. They just received the new Candlemass record and I could pick it up. I jumped on my bike and rushed into town, ignoring the traffic. With the hand on my wallet, I stepped through the demons gate (the door of the shop). There it was laying in front of me on the counter. The new Candlemass record. With trembling hands I gave my money. Could this record be better than their previous work?

I rushed back to my home and locked myself up in my bedroom. Time to give this baby some rounds on the record player. After one listen I already knew I wouldn't have time to do any homework for school that week. I had to play this record over and over. And I did...

8 tracks filled with great doom riffs, guitar solo's from Lars Johanssen and the majestic vocals of Messiah. The production isn't that heavy compared to 'Epicus-' or 'Nightfall', but the songs really make up for it. Except for 'The Bells Of Acheron', because this song sounds too "happy" for my taste. Best songs on this album are 'Incarnation Of Evil', 'Ancient Dreams' and 'Epistle No. 81'.

If you're a fan of melodic doom, this record is essential. The CD version has a bonus track in the form of a Black Sabbath medley. To the question if this record is better than their previous work, I would answer no. 'Epicus-' is still my favorite. And 'Ancient Dreams' is just as good as 'Nightfall'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Mirror, Mirror
2. A Cry from the Crypt
3. Darkness in Paradise
4. Incarnation of Evil
5. Bearer of Pain
6. Ancient Dreams
7. The Bells of Acheron
8. Epistle No. 81
9. Black Sabbath Medley

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Jacob Remery
No God Only Pain
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