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Noisy US quintet Candy push the post-hardcore envelope on Heaven Is Here

Wanna know what a cat being attacked by a swarm of robot bees sounds like?

Candy: Heaven Is Here cover art
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Citing veteran hardcore and metalcore icons like Minor Threat, CroMags and Hatebreed as key inspirations, Brooklyn-based quintet Candy play blasting rock that is simple, direct, politically angry and fucking loud. After a four-year gap, Heaven Is Here is a reliably rowdy bucking-bronco beast that bends and stretches the parameters of heavy music with bursts of electronic crackle, ear-bleeding noise and exotic sonic textures. 

Most of the stand-out tracks defy regular rock dynamics, from eerie industrial noisecore incantation Kinesthesia to ferocious electrometal stomper Transcend To Wet and the 10-minute psych-punk epic Perverse

In fairness, splenetic garage-punk rage is the band’s default setting, but even these tracks contain hidden twists. The winningly titled World Of Shit is a pretty standard guitar slammer, until the sound of a cat being attacked by a swarm of robot bees kicks in midway through, elevating the jaunty melody considerably. 

A mostly exhilarating, agreeably disagreeable racket.

Stephen Dalton has been writing about all things rock for more than 30 years, starting in the late Eighties at the New Musical Express (RIP) when it was still an annoyingly pompous analogue weekly paper printed on dead trees and sold in actual physical shops. For the last decade or so he has been a regular contributor to Classic Rock magazine. He has also written about music and film for Uncut, Vox, Prog, The Quietus, Electronic Sound, Rolling Stone, The Times, The London Evening Standard, Wallpaper, The Film Verdict, Sight and Sound, The Hollywood Reporter and others, including some even more disreputable publications.