Review CANDLEMASS ‘Green Valley Live’

Also Swedish doom metal veterans Candlemass, as everybody else, couldn’t play shows during 2021 and after a certain resistance to live stream shows, more and more band took the opportunity to stay connected with fans through such a digital event. Bands and fans have been a bit wary but step by step, and due to missing outlook regarding the possibility of real concerts, streaming events gained momentum. Also Candlemass performed such a concert which took place on July 3rd at Studio Gröndahl, Stockholm.

The slo-mo riff grinders from Stockholm preformed a eleven songs featuring setlist that was much appreciated by fans of the early days. Candlemass put the focus on the first four longplayers, each a classic in itself. Especially the first two records have got a lot of attention with each of them contributing with three songs. ‘Under the Oak’, ‘Bewitched’ and ‘Dark Are the Veils of Death’, all timeless masterpieces when it comes to doom metal. Candlemass belongs to genre-defining bands and listening to these songs explains very well why this is the case.

But there is also a bridge to the more recent days of Candlemass. ‘Astorolus – The Great Octopus’ is taken from the latest studio album and it’s a great thing to see how old and new goes together, although I have to admit that the classic are still a league of their own. An interesting moment of the live stream event came at the bottom third of the setlist when Candlemass started to play a ‘nytt riff’, a new riff that ended up on the live album too as ‘Doom Jam’. Past, presence and future – in a way.

Candlemass first live stream event is now released as CD+DVD, digitally and double gatefold black vinyl with additional liner notes from founder Leif Edling. Fans of oldschool doom metal shouldn’t miss this release since it shows an iconic band at work, performing anthems that should be a part of any serious metal collection.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Well Of Souls (Lockdown Session)
  2. Dark Reflections (Lockdown Session)
  3. Mirror Mirror (Lockdown Session)
  4. Ancient Dreams (Lockdown Session)
  5. Astorolus (Lockdown Session)
  6. Bewitched (Lockdown Session)
  7. Dark Are The Veils Of Death (Lockdown Session)
  8. Under The Oak (Lockdown Session)
  9. Doom Jam (Lockdown Session)
  10. A Sorcerer`s Pledge (Lockdown Session)
  11. Solitude (Lockdown Session)
  12. Demon`s Gate (Lockdown Session – soundcheck) (Bonus Track)

Label: Peaceville

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: May 7th, 2021

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