Saturday, February 5, 2011

CANDLEMASS - Don't Fear the Reaper 12" EP review

CANDLEMASS - Don't Fear the Reaper 12" EP
High Roller Records
Genre: Doom
Rating: 4/5

There is no cowbell on here but what you do get is the CANDLEMASS magic on two covers. The first is a slowed down version of the BLUE OYSTER CULT classic. Another Swedish band, WOLF, covered this song years ago albeit in a NWOBHM fashion. This version here is pure Doom and a damm fine guitar solo by Lars Johansson. Robert Lowe's vocal on here is haunting to say the least. The flip has "All Along the Watchtower" which is a Dylan song but only the Hendrix version ever got airplay and it became known as his song. CANDLEMASS take it to a NWOBHM level rocking it out. Once again great vocal by Lowe and Johansson adds a great guitar solo. Yeah you can't take away from the originals but the band does make these songs their own on here. Both cuts are excellent and a must for CANDLEMASS fans. If you can't get a hold of a copy of this one don't worry. I'm sure some future CANDLEMASS release will have these two cuts added on in some special edition digipak release.




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