Candlelight Red has the sound and the vibe of a band that’s going to be up to big things in the world of rock for the next year. After a solid run with their last album, The Wreckage and a run with a Roxette cover in “She’s Got the Look,” the group has a new EP featuring four new songs. The EP, Demons, has four songs that are superior to everything on the group’s last album.
Ryan Hoke is the key cog of Candlelight Red on this release. Vocals aren’t delivered any better than this in the world of mainstream rock very often. His voice on “Demons” and “Cutter” is amazing and its mind-blowing at the end of the EP on the track, “Sleeping Awake.” Hoke’s backed by a great band- including some tremendous guitar work- but he’s the clear point to listen to this EP.
Releases like this are a tough sell from time to time. A lot of the time you can get a full album for the price of what you’re paying for an EP. That’s not to say that this isn’t worth your money, it’s just a tough sell from person to person. However, if you’re looking for new music and you like what you hear then by all means pick this up. Although this is a small sample of what this band has to offer, it’s a sample that will get you craving more.