After the disaster that was “Chapter VI”, Leif made what was probably the best decision and put CANDLEMASS to rest. The band was over, done with, gone for good...until Leif wanted to release a second ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA album and Music For Nations refused to sign him. ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA just wouldn't sell enough, but CANDLEMASS would, right? So what does Leif do? He puts together an entirely new line-up and records an album that sounds nothing at all like CANDLEMASS and calls it a CANDLEMASS record. For shame.
"Dactylis Glomerata" is actually not a bad album at all. "I Still See The Black" and "Dustflow" are among some of Leif's best work ever. The problem here is that this is a CANDLEMASS album in name and name only, as it sounds nothing at all like what CANDLEMASS had previously done so well. I've no problems when bands release out-of-character albums as a means of artistic progression, but that's just not the case here. This was released as a CANDLEMASS record for business reasons only and it shows. The epic, majestic and operatic overtones of the band's previous material have been replaced with a dirty, dirgy, Stoner vibe. Instead of that wonderful Heavy Metal feeling CANDLEMASS always brought to the table, here we get a much more Hard Rock vibe. Yeah, it's Doom, but of a completely different - and much more typical - sort.
If you're just checking out CANDLEMASS, do not go anywhere near this release. "Dactylis Glomerata" is a work literally not of the same band and was only released as a CANDLEMASS album in order to get it released period. If you're a completist or a Doom collector, you'll find a pretty enjoyable and sometimes bland record here, though one that is admittedly much more essential than "Chapter VI." (Online May 30, 2006)