Following the amazing reception of their new album, Sweet Evil Sun (Napalm Records), legendary classic doom icons Candlemass continue their onslaught of epic heaviness with the release of an exciting lyric video for their fourth single, ‘Angel Battle’.
‘Angel Battle’ storms in with a captivating guitar riff, presenting an ominous motif that parallels the story of the battle between heaven and hell with amazing guitar solos, signifying the fight between angels and demons. A soft lull comes in as clean guitars and an organ play a small dirge before heavy guitar riffs trumpet once again for one last time.
Recorded at NOX studio in Stockholm, the Swedish force centred around Leif Edling continue their unmatched legacy with Sweet Evil Sun, 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.
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.
Catch the band on their US tour this spring and EU festivals:
10 Mar US – Seattle, WA / Substation
11 Mar US – Portland, OR / Star Theater – SOLD OUT
12 Mar 23 – Portland, OR / Dante’s
14 Mar 23 – San Francisco, CA / DNA
16 Mar 23 – Los Angeles, CA / 1720
17 Mar 23 – San Diego, CA / Brick By Brick
08 Apr DE – Munich / Dark Easter Metal Meeting
02 Jun SE – Blädinge / Muskelrock
15 Jun FR – Clisson / Hellfest
23 Jun NO – Oslo / Tons Of Rock
Johan Lanquist – Vocals
Lars Johansson – Lead Guitar
Mappe Björkman – Rhythm Guitar
Leif Edling – Bass
Janne Lind – Drums