Candlemass - King of Grey Islands

Posted 2007-10-16 @ 14:25:29 In articles > reviews

Here we are in 2007 with a new CANDLEMASS album after 2 years have passed since the previous one. Already.

This time around the line up has changed AGAIN with the booting out of once-returned vocalist Messiah Marcolin and the addition of the new one Rob Lowe. Lowe is a vocalist with a long legacy for doing the pipes in the Texan Doom band SOLITUDE AETURNUS. Fans of SOLITUDE need not despair as Lowe is still in SOLITUDE.

So what is new in this album? It is still very much a Candlemass album although but with a rather refreshing sound. The band’s previous album, self titled CANDLEMASS was a true return to form with long time vocalist Messiah. It was more of a straight up Heavy Metal album but it was a very good one at that. In King of the Grey Islands, the band slows it down a bit. It starts off with a clean little intro (intros seem to be mandatory nowadays), it explodes with the song "Emperor of the Void", a ballsy, headbanging track. From then onwards the album develops into a good mix of songs. My favourite is the 8 minute long "Embracing The Styx". The guitars are crisp and heavy as fuck, spewing out morose riffs after riffs. Keyboards are here and there sporadically for an extra gloomy feel. Rob Lowe delivers a very powerful pipe performance with his trademark wailing vocals. He fits the band like a glove. Overall the whole album feels heavy as a brick. This is Doom Metal with balls.

Sure, "King of the Grey Islands" is no "Epicus Doomicus Metalicus" or "Nightfall", but then again nothing else is. This is a very enjoyable album and I for one have been listening to it quite regularly. If you’re a Candlemass fan or if you’re a Metal fan, you should take note of this album. Candlemass have proved that after 25 years and many line-up changes they are still dooming the fuck out.


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