Review : CANDLEMASS – ‘House Of Doom’

Coming May 25 via Napalm Records is the new EP: ‘House of Doom‘ from legendary doom metal band ‘CANDLEMASS!’ Clocking in at under 30 minutes, ‘House of Doom‘ is a quick but thoroughly enjoyable listen! We start things off with the title track which for my money has everything that an old school Doom Metal fan could ask for: Insanely catchy riffs, powerful vocals, and Sabbath style rhythm! This is easily the best Doom Metal anthem since “Doom over the World” by the now defunct ‘Reverend Bizarre.’

Moving on, we have the track “Flowers of Deception” which is another uptempo track which gallops along and is over way too quickly despite being nearly seven minutes long! “Fortuneteller” is an acoustic piece that feels like it would be perfect in a live setting as a prelude to the song “Crystal Ball” from the iconic album ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’. Closing song ‘Dolls on a Wall” is an instrumental piece which features some really powerful bass playing as well as some fantastic guitar solos. Definitely a good way to end this release. While I am disappointed to not have a full length’s worth of material from one of Doom Metal’s MVP’s, I can say that ‘House Of Doom‘ has served it’s purpose as a teaser, because now I am even more excited than ever to hear what Lief Edling and the gang have to offer for us next!


Mats Levén
Mats “Mappe” Björkman
Lars Johansson
Leif Edling
Jan Lindh
Per Wiberg

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