Candlemass
House Of Doom


3.5
great

Review

by PsychicChris USER (349 Reviews)
May 31st, 2018 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: House of Doom ends up feeling more like a sampler of what is to come instead of its own entity

The idea behind House of Doom is a rather bizarre one, as the EP is meant to be a soundtrack for a mobile game of the same name (Candlemass mobile phone game, now there’s a phrase I never expected to type). But at its core, Candlemass’s second EP is right in line with 2016’s Death thy Lover. Mats Leven has stuck around to sing over the polished epic doom that Leif Edling has been peddling since the mid-2000s.

While this EP’s overall genre is identical to its predecessor, the song styles cover much different territory. The title track and “Flowers of Deception” are largely upbeat tracks with a few dips into doom and a nice psychedelic tangent on the latter. From there, the acoustic balladry of “Fortuneteller” makes it the EP’s standout and “Dolls on a Wall” is a doomy instrumental closer.

But even with the twenty-minute runtime in mind, something feels missing on House of Doom. There’s no denying the solid musicianship and writing, but the songs have an almost assembly line feel to them. The hooks on the first two tracks aren’t as impactful as they could be, and while “Fortuneteller” makes for an excellent shakeup, it still seems like it could’ve been a bit longer.

With a new Candlemass full-length album on the horizon (So much for that retirement, right?), House of Doom ends up feeling more like a sampler of what is to come instead of its own entity. Death Thy Lover also had this problem to a similar extent but the songwriting there feels more complete in comparison. I imagine the eight songs between these two EP’s would make for a pretty good album with the right track order in place. Candlemass fans should enjoy the material here but I’m curious to see what these doom masters really have up their sleeves…

Highlights:
“House of Doom”
“Fortuneteller”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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bgillesp
May 31st 2018


7708 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I didn't like this stuff at all

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2018


16370 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"...as the EP is meant to be a soundtrack for a mobile game of the same name .."

Kinda weird...



Superfluous release

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2018


9185 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

There’s no denying the solid musicianship and writing, but the songs have an almost assembly line feel to them.



With a new Candlemass full-length album on the horizon (So much for that retirement, right")



The two phrases above make the review read like a generous 3, rather than a 3.5.

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RunOfTheMill
June 1st 2018


4196 Comments


Dolls on a Wall was pretty good

Alastor
June 1st 2018


2148 Comments


"House of Doom is a 5-reel video slot with 10 fixed paylines. It is a volatile game with a high payout. There are wilds, free(doom)spins and bonus scatter symbols (the Skull). Landing three skulls at the right moment triggers the Skulls of Abyss bonus game, where hidden prizes can be won… To learn more about the game visit one of the casinos listed below."

from their website. fucking lol.

RunOfTheMill
June 1st 2018


4196 Comments


Yeah, wasn't it some sort of slot machine bs? Not a mobile game? Makes me feel uneasy that Candlemass would get involved in the gambling business

Inveigh
June 4th 2018


26814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the music here is pretty ok, but the fact that it's a soundtrack to an online video slot "game" is beyond questionable and honestly ruins my enjoyment of the material (fair or not). wtf man

RunOfTheMill
June 4th 2018


4196 Comments


^absolutely, makes the music feel like it's part of a scheme

RunOfTheMill
June 4th 2018


4196 Comments


"Click the button below and you will be taken straight to a casino where you can experience the game built around Candlemass new Soundtrack. The game is best experienced when played with real money. Observe that you must be +18 and that real money play requires you to sign up with an online casino recommended by House of Doom."

make sure to play with real money guys!!!! it's the way it was meant to be experienced!!!!

Inveigh
June 20th 2018


26814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

fucking lame man

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2018


24887 Comments


Oh damn reading all the above makes me really depressed. I actually thought this didn't sound that bad.

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rockandmetaljunkie
Contributing Reviewer
November 20th 2018


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Mats Leven, the guy with the most generic vocals ever...

BerryGarlicia
November 22nd 2018


1803 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Anyone else excited that Johan Längqvist is back in the band?????

rockandmetaljunkie
Contributing Reviewer
November 22nd 2018


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm excited but also very sceptical

rockandmetaljunkie
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2018


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

tony iommi will make a guest appearance on their new album, how awesome is that !!

StrikeOfTheBeast
December 8th 2018


8382 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

First two Candlemass are Candlemass. The two after are neat too.



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