|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Progressive metal, rap metal, alternative metal (later), metalcore, mathcore, jazz fusion, death metal (early)|
|Labels||Too Damn Hype Records, Devastating Soundworks, MIA, Century Media, Earache, Lakeshore, Metal Blade|
|Members||Carley Coma |
|Past members||Chris Puma |
Candiria are an American progressive metal band from Brooklyn, New York. They blend various styles of music including metal, hardcore, hip hop, jazz, and progressive rock.Candiria have often dubbed their sound "urban fusion."
Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Hardcore punk is a punk rock music genre and subculture that originated in the late 1970s. It is generally faster, harder, and more aggressive than other forms of punk rock. Its roots can be traced to earlier punk scenes in San Francisco and Southern California which arose as a reaction against the still predominant hippie cultural climate of the time. It was also inspired by New York punk rock and early proto-punk. New York punk had a harder-edged sound than its San Francisco counterpart, featuring anti-art expressions of masculine anger, energy, and subversive humor. Hardcore punk generally disavows commercialism, the established music industry and "anything similar to the characteristics of mainstream rock" and often addresses social and political topics with "confrontational, politically-charged lyrics."
Candiria was initially formed in 1992 by vocalist Carley Coma, lead guitarist Chris Puma, bassist/rhythm guitarist Eric Matthews, and drummer/bassist/keyboardist/trumpeter Kenneth Schalk.The band became known for fusing progressive metal with sounds from hard rock, jazz, and hip hop, employing dissonance and unusual time signatures. Their first album Surrealistic Madness was released by Too Damn Hype Records in 1995. Chris Puma was replaced by John LaMacchia in 1997, just before their second album Beyond Reasonable Doubt. The band then moved to M.I.A. Records, which released their third album The Process of Self-Development in 1999, and Century Media released their fourth album 300 Percent Density in 2001. That album reached #44 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
The Process of Self-Development is the third studio album by Candiria. Released on August 3, 1999, it was their last album on MIA, before moving to Century Media Records. Allmusic reviewer Heather Phares wrote that the album "pack[s] a punch and bring[s] the funk".
300 Percent Density is an album by Candiria. Released on May 1, 2001, the album peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.
On September 9, 2002, Candiria was in a serious accident near Cleveland, Ohio while driving their touring van. A tractor trailer rear-ended the band's equipment trailer, which then caused the van to flip over several times, eventually landing on its roof. Four members of the band were ejected from the vehicle, and all members plus their driver were hospitalized for serious injuries. Candiria then went through a long and painful recovery period.The band were rumored to be paid $29 million in compensation (pending appeal).
Candiria reemerged in 2004 with the album What Doesn't Kill You... , the cover of which features a photo of the band's van after the 2002 accident. The album indicated a more melodic direction for the band, which received varying amounts of criticism and praise from different sides.The album reached #47 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. John LaMacchia temporarily quit the band for personal reasons after the album's release. Their next album Kiss the Lie was delayed for several years as the band continued to recover from the 2002 accident. LaMacchia returned during the recording process, but guitarist Eric Matthews quit the band, due in part to the continuing effects of his injuries. Drummer Kenneth Schalk departed during this period as well.
What Doesn't Kill You... is an album by Candiria. Released on July 13, 2004, the album peaked at number forty-seven on the Billboard Independent Albums chart. The album was a departure from what Candiria is usually known for with more of a melodic sensibility. The album received critical acclaim with some of its original fan base being somewhat disappointed by the bands shift in musical direction. The inspiration for the album art was inspired by the bands near fatal van accident while on tour supporting their previous release, The C.O.M.A. Imprint. All of the band's members sustained severe injuries after being rear ended by an 18-wheel tractor trailer whose driver fell asleep behind the wheel.
The Independent Albums chart ranks the highest-selling independent music albums and extended plays (EPs) in the United States, as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is used to list artists who are not signed to major labels. Rankings are compiled by point-of-purchase sales obtained by Nielsen, and from legal music downloads from a variety of online music stores. The chart began in the week of December 2, 2000.
By March 2009, Carley Coma and John LaMacchia were the only remaining members of Candiria. Coma had stated that any future Candiria efforts would most likely be electronica-based projects as they were without a rhythm section.[ citation needed ] However, bassist Michael MacIvor had been helping out since 2007 and became a permanent member in 2009. Guitarist Eddie Ortiz also joined during this period, and original drummer Kenneth Schalk returned to the band. Their sixth studio album Kiss the Lie was released in 2009. Also starting in 2009, LaMacchia and Schalk created a series of albums titled Toying with the Insanities in which old Candiria songs are remixed in collaboration with notable DJs and producers.
Original guitarist Chris Puma died of undisclosed causes on September 20, 2009.On April 29, 2014, Candiria released a two track 7-inch entitled Invaders, their first new material in five years. In April and May 2015 Candiria made their first live appearances in New York City in a decade. Kenneth Schalk quit the band again due to family commitments in July 2016, and was replaced by Danny Grossarth. Guitarist Eddie Ortiz also quit the band during this period and was replaced by Julio Arias. Candiria signed with Metal Blade Records in 2015. Their seventh full-length album While They Were Sleeping was released in October 2016. They played on the Vans Warped Tour in 2017.
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Kenneth Schalk, Michael MacIvor, and John LaMacchia have been involved in a free-jazz side project named Ghosts of the Canal, who have released two full-length albums, Sessions from the Flats (1999) and Five Episodes from the Subconscious (2002). This project employs unconventional instrumentation like Rhodes and didgeridoo.MacIvor and LaMacchia also formed the classic rock band A Family Plot, and LaMacchia is a member of Spylacopa along with Greg Puciato, Jeff Caxide, and Julie Christmas, which released the albums Spylacopa (2008) and Parallels (2015). Schalk was also a longtime member of the band Fuel.
Carley Coma has performed with the Christian rock band Hope Kills Fear, which was formed to create "emotional, thought-provoking songs to spread a message of hope, faith, strength and perseverance."In 2011, Coma also released one album with the hard rock band Park Lane.
"Candiria" is supposedly the plural form of candiru, a parasitic fish found in the Amazon river. However, original member Kenneth Schalk stated that the band made up their name while unaware of the fish.[ citation needed ] The alleged plural is incorrect anyway: the name of the fish comes from the now extinct Old Tupi language, from where it passed on to Portuguese and later to other languages; in Portuguese, the plural form is simply candirus.
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Candiria's uniquely sprawling urban fusion sound combined elements of grindcore, funk, hip-hop, and jazz.