The Best of Candlemass: As It Is, as It Was

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The Best of Candlemass: As It Is, as It Was
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Compilation album by Candlemass
Released 10 October 1994
Recorded 1986-1992
Genre Doom metal
Label Music for Nations
Candlemass chronology
Chapter VI
(1993) Chapter VI1993
The Best of Candlemass: As It Is, as It Was
Dactylis Glomerata
(1998) Dactylis Glomerata1998
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Review scores
Rock Hard (mixed) [1]

The Best of Candlemass: As It Is, as It Was is a compilation album by the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. It consists of tracks from the first five studio albums, a live album and a couple of EPs. This compilation was released after their "unofficial" break up.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

Doom metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much "thicker" or "heavier" sound than other heavy metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath", "Children of the Grave", "Electric Funeral" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England, the United States and Sweden defined doom metal as a distinct genre.

Candlemass (band) Swedish doom metal band

Candlemass is a Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm in 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström. The band had a defining influence on doom metal, and the genre itself is named after their debut album Epicus Doomicus Metallicus. After releasing five full-length albums and touring extensively throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Candlemass disbanded in 1994, but reunited three years later. After breaking up again in 2002, Candlemass reformed in 2004 and have continued to record and perform since then.

Track listings

All songs by Leif Edling, except "The End of Pain"" by Edling/Lars Johansson

Leif Edling Swedish singer

Leif Edling is a Swedish musician, best known as the main songwriter, bass player and one of the founding members of the Swedish doom metal band Candlemass. He's the only constant member of the band since its inception to the present day. Nevertheless, since 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.

Disc one
  1. "Solitude" - 5:36
  2. "Bewitched" - 6:39
  3. "Dying Illusion" - 5:49
  4. "Demons Gate" - 9:11
  5. "Mirror Mirror" (live) - 5:30
  6. "Samarithan" - 5:29
  7. "Into the Unfanthomed Tower" - 3:04
  8. "Bearer of Pain" - 7:24
  9. "Where the Runes Still Speak" - 8:39
  10. "At the Gallows End" - 5:46
  11. "Mourner's Lament" - 6:08
Disc two
  1. "A Tale of Creation" - 6:54
  2. "Ebony Throne" - 4:23
  3. "Under the Oak" - 6:00
  4. "Well of Souls" (live) - 5:23
  5. "Dark Are the Veils of Death" - 4:04
  6. "Darkness in Paradise" - 6:48
  7. "The End of Pain" - 4:23
  8. "Sorcerer's Pledge" - 10:13
  9. "Solitude" (12" version) - 5:47
  10. "Crystal Ball" (12" Version) - 5:27
  11. "Bullfest" (93 Swedish Party Single) - 3:14

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  1. Albrecht, Frank (1994). "Review Album: Candlemass - As It Is, as It Was". Rock Hard (in German). No. 90. Retrieved 2017-10-12.