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Exclusive Interview: Candlelight Red Summon 'Demons'

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If you haven't yet heard of rising-star rockers Candelight Red, chances are you will soon... and I gotta say you need to catch up soon, because you're missing some intense, dark, arena-sized rock from a band that clawed their way up from the underground to ultimately take the stage in with the elder gods of rock 'n' roll – we're talking KISS, people – who selected the group to open for them in 2010. Now that these cats have stepped into a larger arena in every sense of the word, their new EP Demons (available on iTunes at this link) offers a solid follow-up to their debut album The Wreckage – thanks in part to the production input of Sevendust's Morgan Rose – and it's a damn good omen of the mayhem to come. We got a chance to chat with Candlelight Red's guitarist Jeremy Edge (above, far right) about the new tracks, the band's prime spot on this year's Rockstar Uproar Tour with Papa Roach, Shinedown, Godsmack and Staind... and of course, a few horror flicks the band wouldn't be caught dead without on the tour bus.

 
 
FEARnet: Hey Jeremy, great to hear from you. You've heard this a million times already, but I'm still so psyched you guys got to open for KISS. 
 
JEREMY: That was a massive honor!
 
It's the rock 'n' roll dream come true, right?
 
In a way, it's still hard to believe it actually happened. We did that all before we got our record deal, and it was our first big show where we got to play in front of thousands.
 
One thing you have in common with KISS is the ability to get a crowd up on their feet.
 
I think it all comes down to adrenaline and intensity. We just want to put on the most intense show we can and project as much energy into the crowd as possible.
 
Have you performed tracks from the EP on stage yet?
 
Yes, we've performed "Demons" and "Cutter" live. "Demons" is one of the most intense songs in the live set. 
 
It's definitely one of the heaviest tracks you've done. What was your inspiration for that song?
 
The main riff I've had for years... we just finally found a place for it! Ryan [Hoke, lead vocalist] and Morgan [Rose, producer] wrote the lyrics, and I think it's really about personal demons and karma.
 
Do you draw on your own fears or nightmares in the creative process?
 
We're really more into writing about real life... which can sometimes be more intense and scary than anything we could dream up!
 
I totally agree. What other elements did Morgan bring to the project?
 
Morgan played a huge role in structuring songs, and brought in a lot of cool concepts and melodies that come from years of experience of working across many different genres.
 
How did his style differ from David Ivory's on The Wreckage?
 
David was big into layers and pre-production, while Morgan is more spontaneous. Everything came really naturally, like having a fifth member. We're going back into the studio with him this fall.
 
I can hear elements you have in common with Sevendust, especially in the title track and "Cutter." Did they influence your sound?
 
I think they have, and a lot of it I think too is that we both absorbed many of the same influences. Like early Korn, for one... chunky riffs, melodies, etc. I think there are a few riffs on “Cutter” that remind me of one of the tracks on the new Soilwork CD. Not intentionally, but we just listen to a lot of the same music. [Morgan] just turned me on to Tesseract, who are pretty sick.
 
I heard you're one of the band's resident horror movie fans. What are your personal faves?
 
I think mine would have to be the Resident Evil series... somewhat because of the zombies, and part because of Milla! 
 
I'm sure you'll be catching her new one... any other flicks you've liked recently?
 
I was really surprised by Don't Be Afraid of the Dark... that was a pretty creepy flick that I did not see coming. Another of my faves in recent years is Drag Me to Hell. I loved the mix of scares and occasional humor.
 
You take your horror flicks with you on tour?
 
We do! Sometimes we even like to get the "B" flicks out of the DVD bargain bins.
 
So are you working on ideas for the next album yet?
 
Oh yes!
 
Any hints about what's coming?
 
Look for more extreme dynamics... and even more dark themes, I'm sure!
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