Closing out a weekend run of shows for their recent album While They Were Sleeping (Metal Blade) New York City’s Candiria made their to Amityville Long Island to The Amityville Music Hall. With openers ranging from hardcore to metal to just straight up weird, it was an eclectic night for sure. Continue reading →
From what I gather, Candiria’s new album (and first proper LP since 2009’s Kiss the Lie), While They Were Sleeping (Metal Blade) is a concept album centered on a “failed musician who rises up against a monarchy in New York City.” While that is a novel concept to dedicate an album to, you wonder is there are any parallels with Candiria’s own near-tragic story.Continue reading →
As part of their promotion of their new album Incarnate (Roadrunner) Killswitch Engage launched five sold out shows through out New York and Brooklyn. We attended night number two of the Incarnate Takeover of NYC.
Carly Coma of Candiria, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics
With a revolving list of special guest openers for this mini tour, we were treated to New York heavy weights Candiria. Vocalist Carly Coma and company went with a set mainly compromised from their last two albums ‘C.O.M.A. Imprint’ and ‘What Doesn’t Kill You…’. The crowd didn’t seem to mind one bit as they slammed and bashed along to the odd-timing grooves of drummer Ken Schalk. They even tossed in a new song from their forthcoming new album from Metal Blade Records, to let the world know they’re not done yet.
Ken Schalk of Candiria, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics
When Killswitch Engage followed up, the crowd was already rabid. It felt like an old-school metal show, full of stage driving and sing a longs. I mean A LOT of stage diving! Even from frontman Jessie Leach who took it a step further and after diving into the crowd, kept singing and made his was up to the balcony to his mom. He later shouted her out for coming out. What a great wireless system, and Mother. No one got hurt and had a great time from what I saw as I moshed my way about the photo pit-less venue. I went through great lengths to get these photos, and my camera and I both survived in one piece. (Well two if wanna be technical). As promised they played a new song from the album each night and tonight’s’ was ‘Alone I Stand’ and as a bonus, ‘Hate by Design’.
Killswitch Engage, by Omar Cordy/OJC Pics
The amount of fans on stage at any one point was staggering to keep up with. BAND Drinks were drunk and Adam D. snatched phones and took pics and videos of himself on fans phones. Even a few awkward selfies were taken too. Set list wise, they covered just about every album except the self-titled one. Still, a really solid set of songs covering over 16 years of fun-loving KSE hijinks. I believe this set the bar for the rest of the shows to follow on this tour. No one throws down like New York crowd.