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 such as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride – Candlemass themselves taking a large influence from Black Sabbath. Ancient Dreams was Candlemass’ third album, released in 1988, and it featured a natural progression of slow-mid tempo epic arrangements from their previous release, Nightfall – perhaps even more distinction between slow and faster parts – with the unique tones & unmistakable voice of Messiah Marcolin still dominating proceedings on this pure doom metal classic.
(Peaceville Records)