Exclusive Listen: Candiria's The C.O.M.A. Imprint
Mike Hess
6/2/2002 10:42:47 AM

What more can be said about Candiria, a band that Kerrang magazine -- the bible of hard-rock music -- has dubbed “the best band on the planet,” and has also been labeled as one of the ten best metal bands by Rolling Stone? Their originality and musical mastery is only heightened in their upcoming release, The COMA Imprint [Lakeshore Records](available June 11, 2002), as they take their ingenious fusion of jazz and hardcore (yes, jazz) to a new level of brain-straining musicality and talent.

In case you haven’t heard of Candiria yet (lots haven’t), they’ve been tearing up the underground hardcore scene for 10 years now. The Brooklyn, NY natives have toured with everyone-who’s-anyone in the hardcore scene, and normally makes whoever else takes the stage look foolish. “It was the best live show I’ve ever seen,” touts a Kerrang critic.

Listening to Candiria’s ‘jazzmetal’ is unlike any aural experience you’ve had. Grinding guitars will lead the way into a piercing flugelhorn interlude, while vocalist Carley COMA’s shrill yelps clear the path for harmonic bliss. Unorthodox meters and nut-house time changes somehow meld this all together, as every track makes you tilt your head to the side and say “what the hell was that?”

Case in point: Hit play on “Peel This Strip and Fold Here”, and you’d think you’re listening to a Miles Davis track, and then Kerry King of Slayer makes a debut, only to then quickly subside and let the bouncy trumpets take over again. Or give “Paradigm Shift” a listen, and you’ll be treated to a death-metal guitar dueling with a xylophone through arpeggios and scales.

“Tribes” takes a more ancestral approach, with steel drums and bongos laying down the background for COMA’s murderous howls. Back to their roots, “Primary Obstacle” erupts with bursts of keyboards and trumpets between the ever-changing paces that Eric Matthews throws down with his brilliant axe work. “Divided”, perhaps the strongest track on the disc, is as muddy as it is clean at different intervals, with fuzz-fused guitars pulling the stop-and-go routine against COMA’s guttural rants.

Heavy music has never seen a more educated, versatile set of musicians working together. They’ve proven it on previous albums, and prove it time-and-time again on The C.O.M.A. Imprint.

For more info on the band, check out www.candiria.com or for album info, go to www.lakeshore-records.com.


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