King of the Grey Islands

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King of the Grey Islands
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Studio album by
Released22 June 2007
RecordedMay and August 2006
March 2007 (vocals)
Studio Polar Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Nomad Studios, Dallas, Texas, US (vocals)
Genre Doom metal
Length53:55 (original)
65:15 (digipak version)
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Leif Edling and Candlemass
Candlemass chronology
Candlemass
(2005)
King of the Grey Islands
(2007)
Lucifer Rising
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Blabbermouth.net 7.5/10 [2]
Chronicles of Chaos 9/10 [3]
Exclaim! (favourable) [4]
Rock Hard 9/10 [5]

King of the Grey Islands is the ninth studio album by Swedish doom metal band Candlemass, released on 22 June 2007. It is the first album recorded following the departure of vocalist Messiah Marcolin, who left the band during the pre-production phase of the album. He was replaced by Robert Lowe, who would stay with the band until his departure in June 2012.

Contents

A digipak version contains two bonus studio session tracks with Robert Lowe. The album was also released as a double vinyl LP with the bonus track "Edgar Grey". A tin box set edition (limited to 500 copies) was also released, which included a bonus 3" CD with two bonus tracks: "Black Dwarf" and "Demonia 6 (early version)".[ citation needed ] "Black Dwarf" is a re-recording with Lowe on vocals. These songs also appear on the "Black Dwarf" 7".[ citation needed ]

Upon its release, the album was met with widespread acclaim from both critics and fans.

Track listing

All songs written by Leif Edling.

  1. "Prologue" - 0:56
  2. "Emperor of the Void" - 4:29
  3. "Devil Seed" - 5:44
  4. "Of Stars and Smoke" - 5:38
  5. "Demonia 6" - 6:23
  6. "Destroyer" - 7:52
  7. "Man of Shadows" - 6:17
  8. "Clearsight" - 6:52
  9. "The Opal City" - 1:13
  10. "Embracing the Styx" - 8:19
  11. "Solitude" - 5:58 (bonus track on digipak edition)
  12. "At the Gallows End" - 5:22 (bonus track on digipak edition)

Personnel

Candlemass
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

YearChartPosition
2007 Swedish Albums Chart [6] 32
German Albums Chart [7] 83

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