Death Thy Lover
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Extended play by Candlemass
Released June 3 2016
Recorded 2017 at Ghost Ward Studio (Main Recording) in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Doom Metal, Epic Doom Metal
Length 25:28
Producer David Castillo
Candlemass chronology
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live at Roadburn 2011
Death Thy Lover
House of Doom

Death Thy Lover is an EP by the Swedish Epic Doom Metal band Candlemass. Along with being the first official release to feature singer Mats Levén, Death Thy Lover was released to coincide with the band's thirtieth anniversary.

Background[edit | edit source]

On 1 March 2016 it would be announced by Napalm Records and Candlemass that Death Thy Lover would see a June release to coincide with the band's thirtieth anniversary.[1] On 22 April 2016 a lyric video would be released for the title track via Napalm Records' YouTube channel. Along with a limited CD in a four-panel digipak, the EP would see a vinyl release on Black Vinyl (Unknown Limited Amount), Gold Vinyl (Limited 200 Copies, Mailorder Exclusive), Lilac Vinyl (Unknown Limited Amount) and Red Vinyl (Limited 300 Copies, Mailorder Exclusive).

Death Thy Lover managed to attain widespread critical praise by several metal publications. Blabbermouth (Awarding the EP a 9/10) would describe Death Thy Lover as "one of their absolute best, offering fans resounding hope a new LP will follow. Robert Lowe was a commanding presence in this band, but Mats Levén's poise and knowledge of how this band operates stands to usher it into a new era of greatness.".[2] MetalSucks would also praise the EP with a 3.5/5 rating, describing it as "something that would have sounded right at home in 1986". The publication also praised "Sleeping Giant" for it's "sinister nursery rhyme feel".[3] Sputnik Music would award a 4/5 score and praise the variety of sounds throughout the EP[4] while Metal-Observer also awarded a 9/10 score.[5] Cryptic Rock would praise Death Thy Lover with a perfect 5/5 rating, praising the performance of Leven and all four songs.[6]

Other notable reviews of Death Thy Lover published would include Distorted Sound Mag (7/10),[7] My Global Mind (7/10),[8] Metal Invader (3/6),[9] Metal Temple (35/40),[10] BraveWords (8/10),[11] New Noise Magazine (4/5 Stars),[12] The Midlands Rocks (8/10)[13] and Sonic Abuse (Positive Review).[14]


CANDLEMASS - Death Thy Lover (Official Lyric Video) Napalm Records

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

All songs written by Leif Edling.

  • 1. Death Thy Lover (6:50)
  • 2. Sleeping Giant (5:30)
  • 3. Sinister and Sweet (6:34)
  • 4. The Goose (6:34)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

V·T·E Candlemass
Current Members Leif EdlingMats BjörkmanLars JohanssonJan LindhJohan Längquist
Past Members Mats EkströmChristian WeberydJohnny ReinholmMessiah MarcolinThomas VikströmMichael AmottBjörn FlodkvistPatrik InstedtJejo PerkovicMats StåhlCarl WestholmRobert LoweMats LevenPer Wiberg
Studio Albums Epicus Doomicus MetallicusNightfallAncient DreamsTales of CreationChapter VIDactylis GlomerataFrom The 13th SunCandlemassKing of The Grey IslandsDeath Magic DoomPsalms For The DeadThe Door To Doom
Live Albums Candlemass - Live3-Way ThrashDocuments of Doom - Live at Fryshuset 1990Doomed For LiveThe Curse of Candlemass: Live in Stockholm 200320 Year Anniversary PartyNo Sleep Til' AthensAshes To AshesLive at the Marquee - Nov 26 1988Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live at Roadburn 2011
Other Releases Sjunger Sigge FürstWizNimisDoom Songs: The Singles 1986-1989Lucifer RisingDon't Fear The ReaperDoomologyCandlemass Vs. EntombedBehind The Wall of DoomDeath Thy LoverHouse of DoomThe Pendulum
Associated Bands, Artists, Etc. Solitude AeturnusKruxSpiritual BeggarsThe Doomsday KingdomAvatarium • Abstrakt Algebra • Therion • Momento Mori • Mercyful Fate • King Diamond • Carcass • Arch Enemy • Songs of Torment, Songs of Joy
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