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Candlemas- "Dancing In the Temple of the Mad Queen Bee"

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The legendary Swedish doom metal band Candlemass have a new record out bearing the exceptionally metal title Psalms For the Dead. The single "Dancing In The Temple Of The Mad Queen Bee" is a highlight, despite (or perhaps because of) its silly title. The vocals and lyrics are pretty campy, but the instrumentation is heavy and relentless, with chugging guitars that just beg to be headbanged too. At slightly under four minutes, the track is pretty brief by doom metal standards, but it's packed full of fleet-fingered solos and exciting, unpredictable changes in dynamic. Pick up Psalms For The Dead on the official Candlemass website, and stream the single above.