Just straight forward heavy metal doesn’t seem to be as prominent as it use to be and yet Candle doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Withing their demo what you get are four songs of pure traditional heavy metal, nothing more and nothing less. Candle also plays the same sort of style of heavy metal that Mercyful Fate and Savatage does and you can hear influences from both bands as well. Each song has a haunting quality to it that gets you even more intrigued the more that you listen. If you are looking for some straight forward pure heavy metal that has some haunting qualities to it, you don’t need to look much further than Candle.
Each of the four songs on this demo are riddled with slick heavy riffs that are supplemented by scorching solos, thick prominent bass lines, heavy drumming and soaring powerful vocals that end up getting stuck in your head for days. The musicianship on this demo is great and even though it is a demo the production is good as well which ultimately brings you a cohesive full bodied listen. Each aspect of this demo from the musicianship, to the production to the vocals is executed well to provide you with a smooth and heavy listen.
As mentioned before, you get a little bit of a haunting quality to the music as well which provides you with a darker atmosphere in which Candle wraps you up in. Some of the tones in this demo are sinister and dark and it ends up cloaking you in a haunting fog. This particular atmosphere drives each song further and frankly without it you wouldn’t nearly get the same feeling that you get with it being present in each song.
Overall, this demo is a good one as it provides you with more content than you would come to expect from a demo and not only that but it’s just an overall good listen that you can sink your teeth into.