|The accident resulted in all of the members of the band being hospitalized with critical injuries, commencing a long, painful recovery period for the band. MacIvor continues The accident put a huge stop sign up in front of us. We had been trucking along for all of this time pretty much living in a vacuum on tour. I knew if we survived this, that it was all a sign to make a change in how we did things.
Indeed Candiria survived and eventually regrouped to record their new album on Type A Records, What Doesnt Kill You
. According to front man Carley Coma, its our most emotional album ever and we all should have died in the accident. This album never would have been made. But we didnt and I think that it is going to be our best work yet. In the face of such horrific adversity, the experimental band, which could never be accused of being stagnant has prospered, progressed, and grown even more.
Everyone knows that change isnt the most pleasant thing in the world, but it is necessary for survival. In true Candiria fashion, What Doesnt Kill You
, produced by David Bendeth (who has produced and mixed artists like Killswitch Engage, Breaking Benjamin, 40 Below Summer), keeps listeners on their toes with its honesty and cerebral experimentation, which earned the band its reputation as musical alchemists that fuse metal, hardcore, jazz, and hip-hip in a wholly original, combustible blend. Previous outings, namely 300 Percent Density and The Process Of Self-Development, have garnered nods from the likes of Rolling Stone, Spin, and Kerrang.
The band acknowledges that song craft was an essential focus of this record. What Doesnt Kill You
not only builds on Candirias complex, hallmark signature style, it also expands and goes beyond, embracing change. Its an up and down journey, explains MacIvor. Its less quirky and less from the jazz side. We did that in the past and we dont want to make the same record twenty times. We did not want to become predictable. If everyone expects us to insert jazz parts, we thought, Lets not do that at all. Adding a jazz part didnt feel right on this particular group of songs.
The songs on What Doesnt Kill You
pulse and throb, but also show a newfound respect for catchiness. The band also tried its hand at three part harmonies, adding another layer of dynamics to an already dynamic sound. Coma, who has rapped and screamed on past Candiria albums, demonstrates a deft, capable singing voice, and his sharpest lyrical focus to date.
Down and Remove Yourself, on first listens, might not even sound like Candiria songs to seasoned fans of the band. Theyre some of Candirias simplest songs ever, to which drummer Kenneth Schalk says, Whether you are simple or technical with your music, it does not measure greatness. Its the song. And both songs groove in such a way that they will take up real estate in your brain. Theyre simple, yet unforgettable, just like 1000 Points Of Light and Dead Bury The Dead is complex and unforgettable. And then there is 9mm Solution, which roots itself in hip-hop.
From a lyrical standpoint, Coma treads more personal ground. Down is the bands testament to trying new things and moving on. Nameless King is about stepping into a new arena, while Blood is a track about war. 1000 Points Of Light is a rebellion anthem, and Vacant is about Comas father. The lyrics on What Doesnt Kill You
are some of Candirias most potent and graphic to date, and its just another ingredient in a new improved recipe.
Upon establishing themselves, many hard rock bands, are afraid to try new things. You cant say that about Candiria. The band has been trying new things since it formed in 1992. You can rest assured that as long as Candiria remains a band, it will continue to charter previously uncharted territory and take a sledgehammer to smash new ground.
Its never easy for a band to endure sonic growing pains and life-threatening accidents. But you know how the old saying goes
What Doesnt Kill You