A necessary album for every Epic- respectively Doom Metal fan is "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus", the debut of the nearly legendary Swedish band CANDLEMASS. Influenced by BLACK SABBATH, like every Doom- and maybe most Heavy bands, CANDLEMASS connected their music with theatrical buildings respectively much bombast (without drifting into a tawdry corner) and created so their own, unmistakable style.
Doom Metal will be ever rooted in the underground, because the music is absolutely nothing for the mainstream market but it's loved by a few very much. The British innovators were the only one, who succeeded commercially and with some deductions also CANDLEMASS.
The music on this divine record is very dark, naturally, but also sometimes shows light at the end of the tunnel (except for the opening track "Solitude", which shouldn't be listened to with some suicidal tendencies). Also, you can't get a beer from the cellar between two Snare-beats, because the band offers a maximum of diversifying elements in every single song. Moreover, the vocals of session-vocalist Johan Langquist surpass easily the voice of his follower, Messiah Marcolin, and brings you a crazy goose bump feeling.
Who hasn't got the Black Dragon-CD MUST buy the re-release at Powerline Records, because there is also a bonus-CD with some live-tracks. Furthermore a glassy sound, all lyrics and linernotes for every song.
Who's hesitating to buy it, I can't help you! (Online October 11, 2002)