Reviewed: June, 2018
Released: 2018, Napalm Records
Leif Edling and band are back with another EP to follow-up 2016’s DEATH THY LOVER. HOUSE OF DOOM is a four-track EP that also serves as the soundtrack to the band’s online game, House of Doom. The entire lineup remains intact from the previous EP, and in truth there is not much change from the last release to this one. With their legacy firmly cemented as one of the cornerstones of doom, it is perhaps not surprising to find HOUSE OF DOOM to be tame, upbeat and decidedly not gloomy.
The trademarks are all here of course: gothic riffs, droning chugs, and sinister intervals. Mats Levén is a solid singer who gives his most versatile performance here on the acoustic ballad, “Fortuneteller”. Interestingly, this is the most memorable track on the album, and represents a departure for the band. It is happy case of the experimental tune working. Closing events, is a quintessential Candlemass instrumental, something the band has always exceled at and this is no exception.
The title track and “Flowers of Deception”, move more mid-paced with precise execution. Unfortunately, these two tunes sound casually constructed and unimaginative. The lack of a sticky riff in both certainly detracts from their appeal, but this does not mean they are bad, just not up to the quality Candlemass can produce. All told, this is an enjoyable diversion to occupy fans until the next full-length album. While hardly essential, HOUSE OF DOOM contains most of the compelling reasons people enjoy Candlemass but without the deliberation and passion that have graced other releases from the band.