U.S. evolutionists CANDIRIA have inked a deal with Earache Records as part of a deal that will see the band's latest album, "What Doesn't Kill You..." , issued on the label in Europe in May.

CANDIRIA's previous releases showcased an eclectic mix of metal, hardcore and jazz that preceded the current fashion for jazz-style complexity in what became termed "noisecore," and offered listeners the opportunity to experience something genuinely different and refreshing. Having established a firm fanbase among open-minded music fans across the globe, CANDIRIA were involved in a near-fatal van crash in September 2002 while on tour.

Time passed slowly as the band recovered from the horrific fall out of the crash, but showed strength and courage in returning to the studio in 2004 to record the awesome new album, ironically titled "What Doesn't Kill You...", going so far as to feature a photograph of their battered and broken van post-crash on the album sleeve.

Further unfurling CANDIRIA's super-smooth, super-tight sound, the album sees the band mix just the right amount of old and new to create their best and most accessible work to date. Having ended 2004 touring the U.S. with KILLSWITCH ENGAGE and SHADOWS FALL, the band is back on the road, currently with AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE and OTEP.

Earache's Dan Tobin explains: "CANDIRIA have always stood out as something very different within the rock and metal scene, and Earache admired from a far their diversity, integrity and also now their professional and personal courage. When the opportunity came to work with the band, we jumped at the chance to work with a genuinely forward thinking act on what turned out to be simply an awesome record."

CANDIRIA drummer Kenneth Schalk comments, "We are blown away by Earache's belief and understanding in the band. We can't wait to get over there and tour the world."


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