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.