Sixteen years ago i bought an issue of Kerrang! with a CD featuring tracks from upcoming releases.
Among them was a demo from Killswitch Engage as they were preparing to release their first album on Roadrunner and this song by Candiria. I had heard about the band from a previous sampler on the french edition of Rock sound that featured the song Mathematics but i disliked it because of the vocals and how weird it all sounded.
The name had still made an impact because in an interview on a defunct webzine, Daryl Palumbo (Glassjaw) had described them as « the best band there is ». Still curious, I checked out the song and immediately got it. I didn’t just like it, I understood something about it that made it more special than just a nice tune. Every instruments were working together to create a groove rather than putting ideas together like the nu metal bands of the same era. Candiria was the fusion of many genre and not just a collaborative effort that aimed at sticking things together to create a buzz. This wasn’t just « a cross between this band and this band » but a unique beast possessed with the spirit of New York. Jazz, Hip Hop (and not just Rap), Hardcore, Prog rock… Candiria is a product of it’s environment as much as Charles Mingus‘ The black saint and the sinner lady or Nas‘ Illmatic.
Candiria has since evolved but each of their albums stand out as a unique piece of music. This one is no exception and I strongly encourage any curious music head to listen to Process of self development and 300% Density.