Hell is missing a circle tonight and it has somehow wound up in North Wales. Candlemass, despite never having recovered the form of their earlier work, are still one of best live propositions in the blacker-than-thou doom. While half of their set is from last year’s middling Psalms For the Dead, it sounds much more convincing in a live environment, especially the spoken word intro of ‘Black as Time’. Thematically, everything is bleak yet there’s a huge amount of warmth in Mats Levén’s Dio-esque vocal delivery and the band’s dense guitar work.
Candlemass @ Hammerfest 2013 setlist:
Under the Oak
At the Gallows End
Psalms for the Dead
Black as Time