CANDLEMASS - Epicus Doomicus Metallicus 35th Anniversary 3LP BOX
A special triple coloured vinyl set commemorating 35 years of an iconic debut that Metal Hammer called 'the definitive Doom album’.
This edition includes a remastered version of the album itself, as well as a collection of Candlemass’s essential 1985 recordings preceding the ‘Epicus…’ sessions (in the form of the ‘Witchcraft’ demo, the OAL studio recordings and the band’s Upplands Väsby rehearsal from November of 1985).
Each vinyl is presented in its own sleeve, with the ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ LP containing a layout closely reflecting the initial pressings of the original edition.
The set also includes an 8 page 12” booklet with images from the era and accompanying text, plus an A2 poster and a handwritten letter print from founder Leif Edling.
Metal riffs blend with neo-classical touches and theatrical elements on an era-defining release.
Candlemass was formed by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984, and is well known for its epic doom metal, having a great influence over a generation of the genre's subsequent greats - Candlemass themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath.
'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' is a true genre classic, with every track a monument of timeless and finely crafted Doom. This is one of the quintessential, definitive Doom Metal releases, immortalising the band in the annals of music history & creating the foundations of a legacy spanning over thirty-five years. Going against the grain of bands at the time using speed to bolster their metal with the ongoing rise of thrash in Europe and the US, Candlemass eschewed this direction, and formed a phenomenon of their own through the latter part of the decade and beyond with their slow & spellbinding atmospherics. ‘Epicus…’ was recorded at Thunderload Studios in 1986 and was released later that same year, with the grand and inspiring vocals for the debut handled by Johan Längqvist.
35th anniversary reissue on triple LP with 8p booklet, poster and letter from Leif Edling.