Legendary Swedish doom metallers CANDLEMASS have announced their first U.S. dates of 2023. The band will embark on a West Coast run in March in support of its latest album, “Sweet Evil Sun”, which came out in November via Napalm Records. The week-long trek will kick off on March 10 in Seattle, Washington and conclude on March 17 in San Diego, California.
CANDLEMASS Tour dates:
March 10 – Seattle, WA @ Substation
March 11 – Portland, OR @ Star Theater
March 14 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA
March 16 – Los Angeles, CA @ 1720
March 17 – San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
In the works for 18 months, “Sweet Evil Sun” sees CANDLEMASS bringing back all the grandness of the band’s early years, exploring themes of ambition and strife, hope and failure. Opening track “Wizard Of The Vortex” instantly casts a spell with a riff so powerful, the listener is immediately ensnared. The dark, classic rock-tinged Nordic metal anthem “Scandinavian Gods” reveals a perfect musical interaction between slow and heavy drums, droning guitars and majestic vocals as they convey mysterious tales of Scandinavian mythology to the next generation of doom lovers.
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. 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.
The artwork for “Sweet Evil Sun” was illustrated with the skilled hand of Erik Rovanperä, the architect behind CANDLEMASS‘s visual style since “Psalms For The Dead” (2012).
Order your copy of “Sweet Evil Sun” HERE.
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.
“Sweet Evil Sun” track listing:
1. Wizard Of The Vortex
2. Sweet Evil Sun
3. Angel Battle
4. Black Butterfly
5. When Death Sighs
6. Scandinavian Gods
7. Devil Voodoo
10. A Cup Of Coffin (outro)