2. Demon’s Gate
3. Crystal Ball
4. Black Stone Wielder
5. Under the Oak
6. A Sorcerer’s Pledge
All above tracks with commentary by Leif Edling.
'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' is a true classic. Heavy metal riffs blended with almost neo-classical touches, plus some theatrical elements bringing to mind bands like Mercyful Fate (thought to be another influence). All-in-all, this is considered one of the definitive Doom Metal releases.
'Epicus…' was recorded at Thunderload Studios in 1986 and was released later that same year. The vocals were handled by Johan Längqvist, before the iconic vocalist Messiah Marcolin became a solid fixture in the band until the early nineties.
Candlemass instantly became a great inspiration to countless metal bands upon the album’s release in 1986; a time when thrash metal, not doom, was fast becoming the dominant style in both Europe and the US. Bands such as Paradise Lost & My Dying Bride to this day rate the album among their favourite albums ever.
This edition of ’Epicus...’ includes a special commentary disc with founding member Leif Edling, recorded early 2011, discussing his memories & inspirations of the writing & recording process whilst the tracks play. The booklet also contains liner notes from the band, including an introduction from Aaron Stainthorpe of My Dying Bride.