Album of the Day: Candlemass – Nightfall

A new heavy album every day

  • Artist: Candlemass
  • Album: Nightfall
  • Year: 1987
  • Label: Peaceville
  • Genre: Doom Metal

So take my hand, and understand that no one will see you again.

Candlemass’s second album, and first with iconic vocalist and frontman Messiah Marcolin, Nightfall is arguably the quintessential “epic” doom metal album, the genre’s very own Reign in Blood or Altars of Madness, if you will. The number of bands who still cite it as a massive influence, such as My Dying Bride and Opeth, is a testament to its longevity and now classic, cult status. Although it was a continuation of the melodic doom sound the band helped pioneer on debut Epicus Doomicus Metallicus, a reinvigorated lineup paved the way for a more expressive sound, with more tempo changes, more atmospheric moments, and a focus on more significant, mature religious themes, the latter thanks in no small part to new vocalist Marcolin. With doom metal enjoying a veritable renaissance in the 2010s, there’s no better time to go back to Nightfall, or indeed to discover it for the first time, to truly contextualise the genre by way of examining this magnificent blueprint that has inspired most of the doom bands that followed.

Note: This is an example of an album whose rights have moved around a lot through the years, from the original Axis release, to Metal Blade, to a Powerline reissue, to the eventual Peaceville acquisition and current release. However, when it comes to reissues chocked full of bonus tracks, I do prefer to just focus on the official release rather than the debatably extraneous material tacked on to try to sell the same album to fans all over again. Thus, even though the Spotify URI below will include the bonus tracks, if you happen to be adding these Albums of the Day to your Spotify music collection, as I am, I’d advise adding the album and then removing all but the 10 original tracks.


Author: Andrew R Craddock

Metal and Spotify enthusiast, freelance copy-editor, writer, jolly nihilist.

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