How do you comply with up a Grammy-nominated scorcher of a doom document that ideas a hat to your iconic previous whereas additionally blazing forward with ghoul-conjuring riffage to the long run? You do extra of the identical, solely this time you throw in a secret weapon.
Candlemass are fixing to follow-up their critically acclaimed 2019 album The Door to Doom with Candy Evil Solar, their second full-length outing in recent times with authentic vocalist Johan Längqvist, and, as founding guitarist Mats “Mappe” Björkman defined, the primary ever Candlemass effort to have Längqvist’s full artistic involvement.
“The thing with this album is we had a long time to work together with Johan, and Leif and Johan could do it together,” Björkman shared in our current sitdown. “Johan has at all times been a employed gun. He is executed two albums with Candlemass. He is executed Epicus, after all, essentially the most classical Candlemass album ever, however that was made in two weeks. He got here in on the final minute as a result of we wanted the singer. He did not do the songs, we simply mentioned ‘sing this’.
“It was the identical with The Door to Doom. When he got here within the album was recorded with Mats [Levén] and every little thing was completed and we re-recorded every little thing with Johan on the final minute. I believe he received two or three weeks to re-record the entire album with out listening to these songs. So we got here to the Candy Evil Solar album, and this was the primary time that he received the prospect to really work with us and do issues and demo issues with us.
“And I think you can hear it on the album that this is more of a unit and for Johan as well. I mean, finally he can work with his own things instead of just doing something that somebody else has done. He was here from the beginning and he was having his touch on everything that he can put in. And of course Leif is the songwriter, but they were together. Johan had his ideas and stuff that came up that Leif took like shit, this is really good, you know?”
And simply how does the longtime guitarist really feel die exhausting Candlemass followers will really feel of Candy Evil Solar, we ask? “I can feel that the people that like Candlemass think this is a really good Candlemass album in 2022. It’s an updated album, but it’s still back to its roots. That’s what it is.”
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