Quickie: Candlemass – Nightfall
Anyways, this is basically one of those “essential” doom metal recordings. It’s dark, heavy, has excellent vocals courtesy of one “Messiah” Marcolin, and top notch songwriting. For those of you not in the know, doom metal evolved mainly out of the traditional ’70s sort of metal that Black Sabbath pioneered, and for those of you who don’t speak metal, it’s actually considerably similar to the Seattle grunge scene (well, the more metallic bands in it, like Soundgarden and Alice and Chains). More importantly, it’s a very epic recording – while it uses keyboards, the focus is on slow-paced guitar riffing, which sometimes picks up in speed. The lyrics steer away from the drugs and politics of Black Sabbath, although they keep some occult, moving it into early medieval Europe (If not necessarily, they still fit there) , where the populace has been converted to Christianity, but still somewhat clings to pagan traditions, where they will eventually become religious holidays. But taking this into mind, it’s still one of the important doom metal recordings and it’s worth your time.