Legendary classic doom icons Candlemass recently announced the release of their new album, Sweet Evil Sun, out 18th November 2022 via Napalm Records and today unveil a video for its title-track.
Watch the new video to ‘Sweet Evil Sun’ here: https://youtu.be/zYk1adsNZcw
Pre-order Sweet Evil Sun here: https://napalmrecords.com/candlemass
Following on from first single ‘Scandinavian Gods‘, the title-track carries the torch of heavy doom to the next level and showcases that, after almost 40 years of existence, their creativity sees no bounds. ‘Sweet Evil Sun’ kicks in with warning guitar feedback before sludging a heavy-as-hell riff as Johan Langquist deftly warbles through melancholic, beckoning passages and a hooky chorus. His imposing vocals fit each riff and tone perfectly, emerging as an instrument in itself. A brand new official music video underlines this massive wall of sound the appropriate way, heating up the anticipation for everything that is about to come.
Leif Edling commented on ‘Sweet Evil Sun’: “It took me only an hour or so to write, but it turned out to be not only the title track of Sweet Evil Sun, but also one of the best songs on it. Nice riff, great chorus and one heck of a guitar solo from Lars! Immediate, epic, heavy, catchy! It kicks ass!!”
With this top-notch offering, recorded at NOX studio in Stockholm, the Swedish force cantered around Leif Edling continue their unmatched legacy, following the inimitable The Door to Doom (2019) and proving once more that they reign as one of the heaviest metal bands on earth, bringing epic doom to the world of metal.
“The kings of doom are back and in a big way! Sweet Evil Sun is a black gem of the genre: powerful production, pounding drums, rough guitar sound and well felt vocal harmonies. 9 solid songs plus an outro to remind us that CANDLEMASS are the Black Sabbath of my generation, they are the ones who carry this heavy legacy and they do it with epic glory.” –Vorph (Samael founder, singer & guitarist)
“‘Sweet Evil Sun’ proves that Candlemass is like a good wine or whiskey – these doom metal
pioneers are getting better and better the more they age.” – Inferno, FI
After working on this massive piece of art for eighteen 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 their 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 forty 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 honours 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!”
Opening track ‘Wizard Of The Vortex’ instantly casts a spell with a riff so powerful, the listener is immediately ensnared. Title track ‘Sweet Evil Sun’ kicks in with warning guitar feedback before sludging a heavy-as-hell riff as Johan Langquist deftly warbles through melancholic, beckoning passages and a hooky chorus. His imposing vocals fit each riff and tone perfectly, emerging as an instrument in itself. Jennie-Ann Smith (Avatarium) lends her beautiful voice to the theatrical, grim ‘When Death Sighs’, creating a shimmering, intermingled chorus duet eventually backed by rising organs and a marching rhythm. The haunting atmosphere is highlighted by an amazing guitar solo that reads like a story as it bends and descends, marking the sign of death on the listener’s door.
Johan Lanquist – Vocals
Lars Johansson – Lead Guitar
Mappe Björkman – Rhythm Guitar
Leif Edling – Bass
Janne Lind – Drums