|Review: Candle - Demo 2016|
Label: Fighter Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: June 9, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (4 Votes)
Sweden has a death grip on the Traditional Heavy Metal revival and Candle represents the Scandinavian nation's next entry into the fray. Fighter Records has picked up the band's 4-song demo for a CD/digital release presumably in advance of a more substantial effort. The riffs are straight out of the early 80s with a NWOBHM vibe but the vocals are a different story. The singer displays a limited range and works with vocal lines that seem like they were meant to be progressive but are instead ill fitting. I could almost describe songs like "Betrayal", with its strange melodies and spoken-word bridge, as something you might have heard on an early Fates Warning demo, just not as good. The sound is a bit muddy but this is a demo after all. Candle is a bit too rough around the edges at this point but there is enough on this demo to have me watching the radar for a full-length with the hopes that both the sound and vocal lines will be improved next time around.
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