CANDLE – The Keeper’s Curse

CANDLE - The Keeper's Curse
  • 7/10
    CANDLE - The Keeper's Curse - 7/10


Fighter Records
Release date: February 21st, 2018

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Traditional Metalists Candle deliver a collection of complexly arranged songs with their full length debut The Keeper’s Curse. Featuring a loose horror story concept, a format which coupled with the rapid rhythmic changes, twin guitar harmonies, and high octane (and octave) vocal delivery from Erik Nordkvist quickly brings the work of King Diamond to mind. Stylistically, there are echoes of eighties era work from Metal monoliths like Candlemass, Savatage, Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Cirith Ungol and Mercyful Fate; listeners who enjoy those bands and that time period for Metal will have a great time with The Keeper’s Curse despite the album’s occasional flaws. There are points in The Keeper’s Curse where the guitars too low in the mix, and Nordqvist loses control of a vocal line about once a song, but the weaknesses of the recording are almost to be expected in a new band attacking their material with such energy and enthusiasm.

After an obligatory horror-house storm and organ intro, the album kicks off with “The Secret”, a rapid fire assault with whirling guitar figures. Other highlights include “Betrayal” and the penultimate track, the chugging “No Peace For My Soul” where the singing protagonist (murder and betrayal victim, one supposes) realizes that he’ll know no peace until he is able to take vengeance, which he does in the last track, named, appropriately enough, “Vengeance”. As storytellers, Candle don’t hold a candle to the offbeat narrative weirdness of, say, King Diamond, but The Keeper’s Curse is engaging enough musically in a true Classic Metal spirit to be worth a listen.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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