En of ze het nog kunnen, deze Zweedse doom metal goden. Een verhalende, melodieuze riff neemt je mee doorheen dit verhaal, gesteund door bonkende, ritmische drums en de sterke vocals van Johan Lanquist. Toegegeven, niets vernieuwends, niets om van uit je zetel te springen en zo'n meezingrefreintje komt bij mij steeds nogal wat knullig over, maar ... in alle knulligheid door de masters dat natuurlijk schitterend!
Sweet Evil Sun verschijnt op 18 november 2022 via Napalm Records.
Candlemass' driving force Leif Edling on “Scandinavian Gods”:
“'Scandinavian Gods' is Slayer meets Queen and Judas Priest! It's about heritage and future and the fact that It is sometimes absolutely necessary to leave or at least doubt your old gods. It's about the hardship in this, and the irony in the fact that you see yourself being drawn back to them over and over again, into these black circles and the forgetfulness of the past.
Where do we wanna be? What shall we believe in? Do we need them to build a better future?”
After working on this massive piece of art for 18 months in total, with Sweet Evil Sun, Candlemass brings back all the grandness of their early years, exploring themes of ambition and strife, hope and failure. It comes as no surprise that, alongside the band, renowned producer Marcus Jidell captured the band’s massive, smoky guitar tones, powerful drums and larger-than-life vocals, offering a truly unique, high quality sonic experience.
Recorded at NOX studio in Stockholm, Sweden, Sweet Evil Sun impressively showcases that, after almost 40 years in the game, the creativity of these Swedish doom masters sees no bounds. Through the power of wall-shaking riffs, incredible vocal performances and the blood and spirit of classic heavy metal, Sweet Evil Sun shines as a masterpiece of impending legend that truly honors the epic doom metal cult of Candlemass.
The artwork for Sweet Evil Sun was illustrated by the skilled hand of Erik Rovanperä, the architect behind Candlemass’ visual style since Psalms for the Dead (2012)
Leif Edling on the new album:
“Sweet Evil Sun is about hope, striving, adoration and failure. It's about all the personal battles that you have, but also the never-ending decay of humanity.
The record took over a year to make and there's not a bad track on it! We had a fantastic time recording it and are really looking forward to the release. It's Doom, It's Metal! It is the essence of Candlemass put into one album!”