Limited Edition 35-year anniversary 3LP deluxe set for release on Peaceville on 3rd June
Special triple coloured vinyl set commemorating 35 years of the iconic debut of masterful doom metal, containing remastered audio, plus rare pre-epicus recordings from 1985 including the legendary ‘witchcraft’ demo. Also includes 8 page booklet, A2 poster, & letter print from founder Leif Edling.
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.
“EPICUS was our first, and perhaps also the best. I have no clue what we did there in the studio deep under the Stockholm subway, but some sort of magic was created. This is a record I would gladly be buried with!”
Now, marking 35 years of the iconic debut, this Candlemas endorsed, deluxe triple vinyl release includes a new remastered version of the album itself, as well as a collection of Candlemass’ essential 1985 recordings preceding the ‘Epicus…’ session, in the form of the ‘Witchcraft’ demo plus the OAL studio recordings, & completed by the band’s Upplands Väsby rehearsal from November of 1985.
Each vinyl is presented with its own sleeve, with the ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’ LP containing a layout closely reflecting the original edition, with images used on its initial pressings. The set also includes an 8 page 12” booklet with images from the era and accompanying text, plus A2 poster, as well as a handwritten letter print from founder Leif Edling.
Candlemass will be playing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus in full when they play in Zappa in Antwerpen (BE) on 14th May 2022
Double Candlemass releases coming to Peaceville to mark 30th anniversary including special commemorative book/audio set.
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Swedish doom greats, particularly the legendary 1986 debut, Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Peaceville Records have lined up 2 special Candlemass releases for 2016.
Commencing with a limited picture disc vinyl release of Epicus… for record store day on 16th April, this will be followed on April 29th by Behind the Wall of Doom; an extensive 3CD/2DVD set with a 92 page book written by Per-Ola Nilsson, chronicling the rise and domination of the pioneering Swedes, in the quest of firmly stamping their mark on the metal world. Also included are demos plus rare and previously unheard tracks from the band’s 1985 rehearsals, alongside choice tracks from Candlemass’ early classic releases, as selected by Leif Edling and Messiah Marcolin. The set is completed with extensive DVD footage featuring several integral band performances over the decades, including the much sought and revered Dynamo performance from 1988.
Says Leif Edling on Behind the Wall of Doom:
“We are celebrating 30 years as a band with this set, and as a result I’ve been digging out old photos I haven’t seen in 30 years, rehearsal tapes I didn’t know existed, and live shows I hardly remember playing!
I’m sure our fans will drool over the Dynamo 88 DVD. It was our breakthrough gig and the stage is bursting with youthful energy! All in front of 30 000 ecstatic headbangers. Messiah trips over the monitor, my fake leather robe, Mappe’s classic white B.C. rich & a band going for the throat! We also present to you Bang Your Head 2005. It’s raw and intense, and shows a band back in the saddle with absolutely nothing to prove. I haven’t seen this myself since we played the actual show, so it certainly brings back fond memories!
It all comes with a 92 page 33 x 33 coffee table book. Loads of rare and never before seen photos from EPICUS up to recent years. Per-Ola Nilsson has written a very ambitious, comprehensive history of the band, complete with new interviews, cool facts and no bull. It’s all there…warts ‘n’ all!! Lemmy R.I.P. “
Candlemass was formed by bassist and songwriter Leif Edling in Stockholm, Sweden in 1984, and they are well known for their epic doom metal and having a great influence over a generation of the genre’s subsequent greats – Candlemass themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath.