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After the legendary "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus" that gave birth to a new genre, doom metal, influenced by what Black Sabbath started back in the early 70s but taking many steps further making it more complex and atmosphere/emotion-evoking, Candlemass continued their delightful course with another masterpiece, "Nightfall". The title and the cover (Thomas Cole's painting "Nightfall") of the album prepare the listener of what will follow, a bleeding "nightfall" and its mourning darkness evoked by Marcolin's stunning voice, the mourning at times, heavier at others, impressive guitar riffing and the imposing rhythm section creating unbreakable walls of sound. Let night fall…
The album flows in a mourning way with "Samarithan", a slow doomy with an intense epic feeling composition with inspired guitar riffing and a small but incredible solo with Messiah interpreting in a devout way the lyrics dealing with the well-known Christian story of the good Samarithan. "Marche Funebre" which is an instrumental piece continues the album in a funeral way leading to "Dark are the veils of Death", an utterly inspired composition with everyone in the band showing by what they are made of; the unerring rhythm section lends groove to the song creating unbreakable walls of sound whilst the guitar riffing and the wonderful solo that are deeply inspired and in a heavier mood accompany Marcolin's stunning interpretation.
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