CANDLEMASS - Epicus Doomicu Metallicus

Epicus Doomicu Metallicus FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 10.06.1986
RECORD COMPANY: Black Dragon Records
USERS RATING: 30 votes

Top 1986: #8
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Johan Lanquist - voc
Mats "Mappe" Björkman - chitara
Klas Bergwall - chitara
Leif Edling - bas
Matz Ekström - tobe

1. Solitude2. Demons Gate3. Crystal Ball4. Black Stone Wielder5. Under the Oak6. A Sorcerer's Pledge

There have always been disputes on what gave birth to the “epic doom metal” sub-genre: Psalm 9 of Trouble or this one. Each of them is a masterpiece in itself, but Epicus Doomicus Metalicus seems to have a little extra compared to Psalm 9 (it is logical in a way, there are 3 years between them so evolution is natural). If Eric Wagner offered the metal world since the early 80s a distinctive voice but different from any other doom voices before, Messiah Marcolin’s voice really set the standard for this kind of doom metal vocals. 


This album is blessed with somber yet melodic guitar riffs. After a first listening, you can easily remember the riffs that entered your ear, feeling how their weight pulls you down and creates the crushing atmosphere of doom metal. The quality of sound on Epicus Doomicus Metalicus seems PERFECT for any album, suffocated by reverb and not very clean, as any classic doom metal album should sound. 


I must admit that this was the first doom metal I ever heard (even before Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath or Pentagram) so, if anything hadn’t gone exactly according to my taste, I wouldn’t be a doom metal fanatic this day. Hearing it around the age of 12, I was attracted by the fact that there were only 6 songs and, while it was not a conceptual album (the title was probably meant to bring a few chuckles – reminds me of “Road Runner” then the image would stop on the bird or the Coyote chasing it and it would write things in fake Latin on the ground), feels like a story. A bit of King Diamond, yet unrelated. 


It is an album that was destined to be a classic. From the mascot on the cover to the title (may be fake Latin, but it’s clear where the “epic doom metal” came from). Six songs each heavier than the others. If you’re interested to know which are the best songs, just look on the back, they’re listed there. Everything is excellent about this album. All details in the music the tone and almost imperceptible detuning of the guitars, the huge drums of the 80s and the extraordinary strong, dramatic and theatrical voice of the wonderful Johan Lanquist… All these seem to be the most appropriate ingredients for a classic album. It is like a gospel, it almost make you feel a religious tingle when you hear it. It is an essential record for any self-respecting rocker. And for the ones who do not accept it into their lives, they will be cursed to open the Demon’s Gate where they shall suffer in Solitude, after they were hanged Under the Oak, and their soul was sold to the Black Stone Wielder as a Sorcerer’s Pledge… for the sorcerer to look into the Crystal Ball. Or something like that …

Matei T. more Nota: 9.5

Posted at 15:09 |  18 Martie 2010  | 2 Comments  | 3741 Views

Comment on: Epicus Doomicu Metallicus

  • Din pacate (pt cronicar) , pe acest album la voce e Johan Lanquist si nu Marcolin asa cum s-ar intelege din cronica.Asta insa nu scade cu nimic din calitatile acestui opus....

    1. Posted by doomicus | 09 Septembrie 2010 23:27
  • Oh shit, am corectat.

    2. Posted by Geralt de Rivia | 10 Septembrie 2010 09:54

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