Ancient Dreams

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Ancient Dreams
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Studio album by
Released23 November 1988
RecordedAugust 1988
StudioNacka Recording House, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Epic doom metal
Length58:31
Label Active, Enigma/Metal Blade
Producer Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Nightfall
(1987)
Ancient Dreams
(1988)
Tales of Creation
(1989)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal 9/10 [2]
Rock Hard 9.0/10 [3]

Ancient Dreams is the third album of Swedish doom metal band Candlemass, released in 1988 and reissued in 2001 by Powerline Records with a bonus CD. The cover art of the album is a painting made by Thomas Cole, second in his series, "The Voyage of Life", entitled "Youth". Ancient Dreams was the first Candlemass album to chart in the US, debuting at No. 174 on the Billboard 200 album chart. [4]

Contents

"Epistle 81" (Märk hur vår skugga), was written by Swedish poet/musician Carl Michael Bellman (1740 – 1795). "Incarnation of Evil" is actually a reworked version of the old Nemesis track "Black Messiah."

The band is not happy with the album mix, and they place the blame on their (then) record label rush-producing the LP to coincide with a US tour.

Track listing

All tracks are written by Leif Edling except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Mirror Mirror"6:15
2."A Cry from the Crypt"7:24
3."Darkness in Paradise"6:46
4."Incarnation of Evil"7:19
5."Bearer of Pain"7:23
6."Ancient Dreams"7:04
7."The Bells of Acheron"5:21
8."Epistle No. 81" (Carl Michael Bellman, arr. Edling)4:37
9."Black Sabbath Medley" (Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward)6:14
Remastered CD Version bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
1."Mirror Mirror" (live)5:20
2."The Bells of Acheron" (live)5:01
3."Bearer of Pain" (live)6:12
4."A Cry from the Crypt" (live)3:36
5."Interview"23:51

Personnel

Candlemass

Production

Charts

YearChartPosition
1989 Swedish Albums Chart [5] 45
Billboard 200 (US) [4] 174

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