When Candlemass is compared to Black Sabbath, the reference usually evokes Sabbath's dirgey early output, especially since Candlemass is routinely lumped in with the doom-metal movement. Yet this self-titled album the first in 16 years with vocalist Messiah Marcolin is far more evocative of the crunchy locomotion of an album like Born Again, especially since Marcolin's vocal style is quite similar to Ian Gillan's during that period. Marcolin has enough grit to balance his throaty wail, providing a strong accent to the cyclical riffage the band churns out. This sound is what made Candlemass so popular more than a decade ago, and suffice it to say that this is one reunion disc that does not disappoint. Jason Ferguson
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