Psalms for the Dead

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Psalms for the Dead
Candlemass - Psalms For The Dead.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 June 2012
RecordedDecember 2011
StudioB.A.M. Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Doom metal
Length50:13
Label Napalm
Producer Leif Edling
Candlemass chronology
Death Magic Doom
(2010)
Psalms for the Dead
(2012)
The Door to Doom
(2019)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
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AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles 7.5/10 [3]
Metal Hammer (GER)6/7 [4]
Metal Rules 3.0/5 [5]
The Phoenix Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [6]
Rock Hard 8.0/10 [7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 [8]

Psalms for the Dead is the eleventh studio album by the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass, released on 8 June 2012. [9] At the time of its release, the band stated that this would be their final album, [10] [11] though bassist and founding member Leif Edling has since retracted this claim. [12] Psalms for the Dead is, however, the last Candlemass album recorded with singer Robert Lowe, who left the band just six days before its release. [13]

Contents

The album would become Candlemass' last full-length release in over half a decade, until the 2019 release of their twelfth studio album The Door to Doom ; during those seven years, however, the band released two EPs featuring new material: Death Thy Lover (2016) and House of Doom (2018).

Track listing

All songs written by Leif Edling.

  1. "Prophet" - 6:05
  2. "The Sound of Dying Demons" - 5:30
  3. "Dancing in the Temple (of the Mad Queen Bee)" 3:38
  4. "Waterwitch" - 7:03
  5. "The Lights of Thebe" - 5:49
  6. "Psalms for the Dead" - 5:15
  7. "The Killing of the Sun" 4:09
  8. "Siren Song" - 5:57
  9. "Black as Time" - 6:47

Personnel

Candlemass
Additional musicians
Production

Charts

YearChartPosition
2012 Swedish Albums Chart [14] 19
German Albums Chart [15] 58

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