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Candlemass : Tales Of Creation

Within 12 months after 'Ancient Dreams', Candlemass released their concept album 'Tales of Creation'. Biggest difference between this one and 'Ancient Dreams' is the production, which is a lot better/heavier.

After the intro the CD kicks off with 'Dark Reflections'. A mid tempo song, but unfortunately not a classic opener like I used to hear from Candlemass. Still good though. After another intro we get 'Under The Oak'. This song was already on the 'Epicus-' record and was written with the 'Tales Of Creation' concept in mind. Song 5 'Tears' is the first song that really grabs my attention. Great doom riff and excellent solo from Lars Johansson. The instrumental 'Into The Unfathomed Tower' is actually a speed metal song. Not that I'm complaining. It's really good.

In 'The Edge Of Heaven' Messiah sings: "Oh Lord! This Must Be Heaven", and indeed he's right. These songs kicks major ass and is one of Candlemass' best songs ever. A wonderful melody and a brilliant solo. The slowest song is song 8 'Somewhere In Nowhere'. Not much variation, but an excellent song, which unfortunalety fades out during the solo. 'Through The Infinite Halls Of Death' is a fast song. (For Candlemass standards anyway) This song is ok, but not something special. After the last intro we get the title track, which is a great song again.

Overall this record isn't as good as their first three, but still recommended.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The prophecy
2. Dark reflections
3. Voices in the wind
4. Under the oak
5. Tears
6. Into the unfathomed tower
    PT. I Dance of the Fay
    PT. II Magic/Entering the tower
    PT. III Dance of the Fay (reprise)
    PT. VI Souls flight
    PT. V Towards the unknown
    PT. VI Choir of Angels
    PT. VII Outside the gates of heaven
7. The edge of heaven
8. Somewhere in nowhere
9. Through the infinitive halls of death
10. Dawn
11. A tale of creation

Duration : Approx. 43 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Jacob Remery
Forever Autumn
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