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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

TypeAlbum (Studio full-length)
GenresDoom Metal
LabelsBlack Dragon Records
Ranked#13 for 1986 , #548 all-time
Reviews :  1
Comments :  17
Total votes :  18
Rating :  92.1 / 100
Have :  14
Want : 3
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Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Information

Track listing (Songs)


Line-up (members)

  • Mats "Mappe" Björkman : Guitars
  • Leif Edling : Bass, Lyrics, Songwriting
  • Mats Ekström : Drums

Guest / additional musicians

  • Johan Längquist : Vocals
  • Cille Svenson : Additional Vocals on 'A Sorcerer's Pledge'
  • Klas Bergwall : Guitars

Production staff / artist

  • Mike Lind : Remastering
  • Jeanette Andersson : Layout (re-issue)
  • Ragne "Valhalla Warrior" Wahlquist : Engineering, Co-Producer
  • Eric Larnoy : Back Cover Painting
  • Uffe Magnusson : Photography
Recorded at Thunderload Studios.

Original vinyl release on Black Dragon Records. Concurrent US release licensed to Leviathan Records.

A ''half live'' version video was made for ''Solitude'', with Messiah Marcolin on vocals.

Remastered version re-released by Powerline Records in 2002 as 2CD in a slipcase with metallic/white design.
The bonus CD is Live In Birmingham and was recorded in ... See More

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Reviews

Reviewer :  level 10   80/100
Date : 
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. The name carries immense weight, even before hearing what lies therein. Often given the title of the greatest Doom Metal album of all time, bandleader Leif Edling carries the band with immense riff-writing prowess, and Johan Längqvist wields a powerful, epic operatic bellow. Here, he sets the now solidified trope of epic vocals in Trad Doom. His voice was very unique at the time, being capable hitting highs and lows and everything in between, but always remaining melodic and full of vibrato. The riffs here are reminiscent of early Sabbath, but heavier, groovier, and better.

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus has no shortage of quality riffs and vocals, and in fact, there is absolutely no filler to be found. Something Candlemass hadn’t expanded on for Doom, however, was the mood and atmosphere. The songs here remain rather generic worshippings of demons, god, and death in general, and apart from some nice acoustic sections, there is no variation in style or sound. Candlemass are no doubt gods at what they do, which is play straightforward Trad Doom. Unfortunately, to call this the greatest Doom Metal album of all time when the genre has expanded into something so much more than straightforward slow metal is rather unfounded.

Epicus Doomicus Metallicus Comments

level 2   95/100
This album evoked a feeling in me that can only be described as one of sheer doom. I can't pick my favorite track as I like all of them so much.
level 1   100/100
One of the best metal voices, with incredible riffs. A true pioneer.
1 like
level 10   100/100
가장 메탈적인 리프
1 like
level 11   95/100
86년도에 이런 엘범이 나올수 있다니...미쳤다
1 like
level 12   90/100
Nightfall보다 좋은데? 기타는 무슨 약빤 듯 연주한다.
1 like
level 9   90/100
이 시기에 이런 분위기의 앨범이 나왔다는 사실이 놀라울 따름이다.. 물론 연주와 편곡도 더할 나위 없이 훌륭하다.. 특히 "Solitude"는 지금 들어도 온몸에 전율이 흐른다..
1 like
level 9   95/100
Isn't this amazing? The quality of riffwork is sky high. Couple that with lengthy Doom Metal verses and what do you get? A timeless classic!
level 12   90/100
오글거리는 면이 적지 않아 있어서 아쉬운
level 1   100/100
Traditional doom! A very great idea
level 9   90/100
원래 둠은 잘안듣는데 이런 둠은 귀에 잘들어오네
level 7   90/100
헤비메탈 보컬계의 숨은 진주 Johan Langquist
level   95/100
캔들매스는 이앨범 하나면 설명이 끝난다고 생각한다.
level 7   90/100
확실히 좋은데 5번트랙만큼은 한편으론 너무 팝스럽게 오글거리기도 해서 별로다.
level 6   70/100
다시 들어보니깐 꽤나 유치하다.
level 20   95/100
výborný debut, hutné melodické a epické riffy, naliehavý melodický spev + doplnenie a akustické a klávesové pasáže
level   92/100
캔들매스는 메시아의 보컬로 유명하지만 솔직히 음악적 완성도는 이 1집이 최고다. 보컬도 딱히 오버하지 않으면서 더 어두운 분위기를 자아내고, 리프의 전체적 완성도도 그렇고...
level 15   86/100
이 시대에 이정도 레코딩에 이정도 연주와 악곡, 보컬 실력이면 대단하다. 둠메탈 장르에 있어서도 큰 기여를 한 작품

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