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Candlemass : Chapter VI

The hardest task when you try to review a Candlemass album is that from the start you know that no matter how hard you try, you will be biased and you can say farewell to every drop of objectivity. This band, with the help of Trouble and a few other pioneers created the Doom Metal sound back in the 80s, and gave inspiration to many bands in their wake.

Through the years, most of us identified the sound of this band with the vocals of Messiah Marcolin, and not without reason since his vocal range and energy is difficult to match. After the release of three studio albums and a live one, Messiah was out of the band. The details and reasons behind his departure are not known (to me at least). The rest of the band hired Thomas Vikstrom, and they released their sixth album, called 'Chapter VI'. The sound of the album is Candlemass's usual trademark, but played a bit faster and with vocals closer to Power Metal than Epic Doom.

The album has its moments, with the first three tracks ('The Dying Illusion', 'Julie Laughs No More' and 'Where the Runes Still Speak') being the highlights of the album. The rest of the tracks sound a little predictable and safe in their writing. This doesn’t make the album bad with absolute measures (many try to achieve the quality of an album like this but fail), but for a Candlemass release, and most important for a Leif Edling offering, this is a mediocre album. The diehard fans of the band have this already; to the others, I recommend to start collecting their first four albums and to get this one later.

Reviewer's rating: 5.5/10


Tracklist :
1. The Dying Illusion
2. Julie Laughs No More
3. Where the Runes Still Speak
4. The Ebony Throne
5. Temple of the Dead
6. Aftermath
7. Black Eyes
8. The End of Pain

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Dimitris Plastiras
Hate Your Guts Records
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