Svdestada – Candela

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Anyone who has followed me for a while knows that I’m a sucker for black metal and punk fusions, so when I saw the genre tags for Candela I was immediately intrigued. To my surprise though Spanish black metal act Svdestada don’t just give us punk influences, they give us crust punk, post-punk and screamo elements all worked into a raw and punishing black metal framework. So if you want something punchy that also has a bite to it, look no further than Candela.

Artist: Svdestada
Album: Candela
Label: Various
Release Date: January 5th, 2024
Location: Madrid, Spain

Written by James Sweetlove

Anyone who has followed me for a while knows that I’m a sucker for black metal and punk fusions, so when I saw the genre tags for Candela I was immediately intrigued. To my surprise though Spanish black metal act Svdestada don’t just give us punk influences, they give us crust punk, post-punk and screamo elements all worked into a raw and punishing black metal framework.

The album does an incredible job of harnessing the raw aggression and energy of both black metal and crust punk, but also give us some truly melodic hardcore punk inspired moments and some gripping atmosphere drawn equally from both camps. Personally I think that this marriage of styles makes sense as both have more than enough depressive and purely aggressive undertones to draw upon and when done correctly they blend seamlessly but also feel distinctive.

For me its the guitars and drums that really make the album, each showing an expert level of mastery and displaying a great deal of diversity. The guitars really provide a lot of the album’s emotion, both in aggression with its biting, rapid shredding and in the more atmosphere focused segments, where it carries a depressive and pained tone that has a real beauty to it. Tone is a key word here, as the band constantly tweaks the guitars tone to shift between different styles, giving the music a whole different feel.

The drums are amazing simply due to the sheer energy and power that they bring to the album, at times they’re completely unrelenting, but at other times despite their high energy they have a melodic effect. Drum energy is always a bonus of folding in punk elements to music, there’s a certain hammering, bouncing energy that it brings to the mix. Speaking of bouncing energy, I have to give at least a little praise to the album’s bass work, its loud, its chunky and it adds a lot of texture and depth to the mix.

Vocally we get something that sits between a melodic black metal screech and a raw hardcore style that at times reminds me of Tomas Lindberg and seems to really tie the varied instrumental elements on the album together. The delivery of these vocals is raw and biting but not so much that it takes away from the melodic qualities of the album. Its also rapid fire enough that it compliments the upbeat, fast paced moments on the release.

I’m sure that there will be those in the black metal scene that will immediately turn their nose up and black metal that blends itself with other styles of music, those stuck in the Second Wave camp, who have refused to evolve with the genre, but Svdestada isn’t making music for these people; they’re making music for people like me who appreciate innovation and something fresh and exciting.

Overall I think that this is a fantastic album and one that has the potential to appeal to a wide range of varied listeners. The band really know how to blend both black metal and punk elements, but not only that, they know how to write music that allows the best elements of both to shine. So if you want something punchy that also has a bite to it, look no further than Candela.





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