Candlemass – Psalms for the Dead

Candlemass

Psalms for the Dead

Released 8 June 2012

Doom Metal

Released via Napalm Records

Being the epitome of doom metal for more than 25 years, Candlemass has once again proven that they are in fact the masters of doom with their new album Psalms of the Dead. Every song on this album is haunting, captivating, and memorable and is written exactly like doom metal should be written. Although it is sad that they are no longer producing albums, they definitely left their mark with this one.

I initially only heard a couple of songs from this album, “Black as Time” and “Psalms of the Dead”, before I actually gave the entire album an entire listen. Right from Black as Time, I knew this album would be amazing. The intro to the song is of a clock ticking followed by a bit of a rant about how time is black and pretty much an enemy. The song then goes right into the familiar Candlemass sound of spine-chilling riffs and commanding vocals. This song gave me goosebumps the first few times I heard it from its shear awesomeness, and while Messiah was my personal favorite vocalist, I give Robert Lowe a lot of credit for really making the songs sound powerful.

Psalms of the Dead was also catchy in its riffs and memorable chorus, which I pretty much knew after listening to the song a few times. Being one of the slower tracks on this album, it still had that heavy doom sound that made it easy to headbang to or to even just sing while you are in the shower. Robert Lowe’s vocals were most impressive in this song and he definitely won over my respect for being the new vocalist. I then gave the rest of the album a listen and didn’t think that every single song would match up to the previous two songs that I already have listened to. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised that the rest of the songs were just as amazing/if not better than I thought it was going to be. This album has something that a lot of albums do not have: every song is in some way memorable or catchy in its production.

Usually, I give some kind of criticism when it comes to reviews, but I can honestly say that I can’t find anything to criticize about this album. The production and quality of Psalms of the Dead are phenomenal the whole way through and each song is charismatic in its delivery and message. From what I have seen, many older death metal bands try and change up their sound to make the band grow and to further improve their musicianship. However, Candlemass is an exception to this. While they are growing in their musicianship, they still have that same doom metal sound that they originally had since the band formed many years ago. I highly recommend this album to anyone and everyone who loves metal, no matter what kind you may listen to. It’s haunting, heavy, and will be forever black.

5/5

Hammer Smashed Lauren

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