Candlemass ‎– Epicus Doomicus Metallicus

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Originally released on the 10th of June, 1986.

It is considered as one of the most influential doom metal albums of all time.
The album had a significantly different sound than other European heavy metal bands of the time, because of their use of operatic vocals mixed over slow and heavy guitar riffs.

Although he was actually a guest musician at the time of its recording, this was the only Candlemass album to feature vocalist Johan Längqvist until he joined the band, officially, in 2018.

The back sleeve artwork of the original pressing, represents the "Demon's Gate"

Tracklist

Solitude 5:34
Demon's Gate 9:10
Crystal Ball 5:21
Black Stone Wielder 7:34
Under The Oak 6:52
A Sorcerer's Pledge 8:20

Versions (37)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BD 013 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album) Black Dragon Records BD 013 France 1986 Sell This Version
LC 19882-4 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(Cass, Album) Leviathan Records (2) LC 19882-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
LC 19882-4 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(Cass, Album) Leviathan Records (2) LC 19882-4 US 1986 Sell This Version
LA 19882-1 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album) Leviathan Records (2) LA 19882-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
BD 013 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Pic) Black Dragon Records BD 013 France 1986 Sell This Version
BD 013 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, RP) Black Dragon Records BD 013 France 1986 Sell This Version
LD 19882-2 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE) Black Dragon Records, Leviathan Records (2) LD 19882-2 US 1988 Sell This Version
BDCD 013 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE) Black Dragon Records BDCD 013 France 1988 Sell This Version
MG 2329 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(Cass, Album, Unofficial) MG Records (2) MG 2329 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
CLAS 0017 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(Cass, Album, RE) Metal Mind Records CLAS 0017 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
BDMH 003, BDMH003, MH 157, MH157 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE) Black Dragon Records, Black Dragon Records, Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal, Metal Hammer & Heavy Metal BDMH 003, BDMH003, MH 157, MH157 Greece 1998 Sell This Version
CDM 0902-968/969 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) CD-Maximum CDM 0902-968/969 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
PR004-CD Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Paranoid Records (5) PR004-CD Brazil 2003 Sell This Version
PLRCD02 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) Powerline Records PLRCD02 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
PLRCD 02 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) Powerline Records PLRCD 02 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
PLRLP 02 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, RE, RM + LP) Powerline Records PLRLP 02 Sweden 2003 Sell This Version
CDL0258CD Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD) Candlelight Records USA CDL0258CD US 2006 Sell This Version
CDVILED201X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + O-C) Peaceville CDVILED201X UK 2007 Sell This Version
CDVileD201X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) Peaceville CDVileD201X UK 2007 Sell This Version
VILELP201 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Red) Peaceville VILELP201 UK 2010 Sell This Version
VILELP201 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, RE) Peaceville VILELP201 UK 2010 Sell This Version
VILELP201 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Peaceville VILELP201 UK 2010 Sell This Version
CDVILED330X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Peaceville CDVILED330X UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
CDVILED330X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE + CD + RM, Dig) Peaceville CDVILED330X UK 2011 Sell This Version
CDVILED330X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD + S/Edition, Dig) Peaceville CDVILED330X UK 2011 Sell This Version
VILELP608 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, Pic, RE, 180) Peaceville VILELP608 UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
VILELP201 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, RP, Red) Peaceville VILELP201 UK 2017 Sell This Version
CDVILED722 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM) Peaceville CDVILED722 UK & Europe 2018 Sell This Version
MICP-30112 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, SHM) Avalon MICP-30112 Japan 2019 Sell This Version
LD 19882-2 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, Unofficial) Black Dragon Records (10), Leviathan Records (5) LD 19882-2 Russia 2019 Sell This Version
VILELP201 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Red) Peaceville VILELP201 UK 2019 Sell This Version
LD 19882-2 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE) Black Dragon Records, Leviathan Records (2) LD 19882-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDVILED201X Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) Peaceville CDVILED201X UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDM 0902-968/969 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, RM) CD-Maximum CDM 0902-968/969 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
LD 19882-2 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RE, RP) Black Dragon Records, Leviathan Records (2) LD 19882-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
BDCD 013 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(CD, Album, RP) Black Dragon Records BDCD 013 France Unknown Sell This Version
OR-083 Candlemass Epicus Doomicus Metallicus(Cass, Album, RE) Orion (4) OR-083 Poland Unknown Sell This Version

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PublicSchoolTeacher

PublicSchoolTeacher

May 15, 2020
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, CD, Album, RE, RP, LD 19882-2
How can this be from 1988 if it has an IFPI code, which weren't introduced until 1994?
Phobos123

Phobos123

December 15, 2019
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, LP, Album, RE, RM + LP, PLRLP 02
Quite nice sounding version, I like it more than "red" Peaceville re-issue.
Thrashman75

Thrashman75

September 1, 2019
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, Cass, Album, LC 19882-4

Just as the title describes epic Doom metal at its finest
MusicMan1973

MusicMan1973

September 27, 2018
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, LP, Album, LA 19882-1
I have two copies of the U.S. vinyl version of this album. Both are identical with all printing on the jackets and labels being the same, with the exception of one of the copies has the upper right corner clipped off (maybe an inch or so) and the labels on this copy are silver.
The other copy is like the pictures I see here, with the black labels.
All bar code and run-out numbers are identical.
witchtripper

witchtripper

March 9, 2017
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, LP, Album, LA 19882-1
For a debut album by a band that was performing counter culture music, the sound on this is goddamn phenomenal. The only complaint I can conjure is the mastering of the high drums. Its a little loud and causes a hiss on high cymbals. Nonetheless an impressive copy if you can find it and are willing to shell out 75 bones for 6 songs.
kee.eugene

kee.eugene

March 4, 2017
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, 2xCD, Album, RE, RM, CDVILED330X

First time to have a "Made in China" copy. Wonder how long this copy can stand time.
robert_amish

robert_amish

November 19, 2014
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, LP, Album, RP, BD 013
some copies of this version are housed in "NR 335" sleeves.
youwillburnslowly

youwillburnslowly

April 21, 2014
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, Red, VILELP201
Just got this album and it appears to be new, barcode and etchings match up. Yet there is no machine numbered "sticker" (?) on this thing at all anywhere. Is this a boot or a fluke that slipped by without a number?
we-are-metal

we-are-metal

March 20, 2014
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, CD, Album, RE, BDCD 013
First pressing matrix number is : BDCD 013 MPO 01 @ , released January 1990, the 26th, second pressing has an IFPI code, released October 1991, the 08th
MrCrankyPants

MrCrankyPants

January 9, 2011
referencing Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, CD, Album, RE, RP, LD 19882-2

Epic must have Doom from one of the Grandfathers of the genre. Solitude is perhaps one of the greatest Doom songs ever. 95/100