|Studio album by|
|Released||23 November 1988|
|Studio||Nacka Recording House, Stockholm, Sweden|
|Genre||Epic doom metal|
|Label||Active, Enigma/Metal Blade|
|Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal||9/10|
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.
"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.
All tracks are written by Leif Edling except where noted.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1989||Swedish Albums Chart||45|
|Billboard 200 (US)||174|
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Leif Edling is a Swedish musician, best known as the bassist, main songwriter and one of the founding members of the epic doom metal band Candlemass. He is the only constant member of the band since its inception to the present day. Nevertheless, since the band's second reunion in 2002 Edling has been backed up again by founding rhythm guitarist Mats Björkman, who had been absent from 1997 to 2002 and was replaced by Michael Amott.
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