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Band
Candlemass
Title
Death Thy Lover
Type
LP/EP
Company
Napalm
YOR
2016
Style
Doom/Stoner
11/6/2016 - Review by: Vinaya Saksena
Sinister And Sweet indeed!
Thought these Swedish doom legends were done with recording. Glad they're not, though, because this four-song EP is more vibrant and enjoyable than their last LP, Psalms For The Dead. More variety in riffs, melody and most importantly, tempo. (See the title track.) I was never crazy about vocalist Mats Leven's work with Yngwie, and thought his voice too raspy for this band, but he works surprisingly well here. Tasty guitar leads from Lars Johansson, as always! Closing instrumental "The Goose" starts off well, but drags a bit. The rest, however, is a surprisingly tasty little smackerel of doom, especially the aptly named "Sinister And Sweet."
Recommended for fans of: Fleshgod Apocalypse
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  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    3.5 :AVE RATING

ALL REVIEWS FOR: CANDLEMASS
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Curse Of Candlemass
2005
Escapi Music
Eric Compton8/5/2006
-
Death Magic Doom
2009
Nuclear Blast
Raising Iron5/15/2009
5
Death Thy Lover
2016
Napalm
Vinaya Saksena11/6/2016
3.5
Documents Of Doom
2003
Metal Blade
Eric Compton7/20/2006
-
House Of Doom EP
2018
Napalm
David Loveless6/5/2018
3

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: CANDLEMASS
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