Candiria is a band from Brooklyn, New York. They blend various styles of music, including hardcore/metal (often in a technical manner), jazz (often in freeform), hip hop, and even ambient sounds. Candiria have often dubbed their sound "urban fusion".
Chris Puma was replaced by John Lamacchia before 1997's Beyond Reasonable Doubt, while Lamacchia himself left the band after 2004's What Doesn't Kill You..., later rejoining the band. The latter album features a cover photograph of the band's van after a heavy traffic accident it endured in 2002. It took the band members considerable time to recover from their injuries. Eric Matthews later left the band, in part, due to these injuries sustained during the aforementioned accident.
Drummer Ken Schalk, Bassist Mike MacIvor, and Guitarist John Lamacchia have been involved in a free-jazz side project named Ghosts Of The Canal, who have thus far released two full-length albums, Sessions from the Flats (1999) and Five Episodes From the Subconscious (2002), as well as two non-album tracks which appeared on the bonus disc of Candiria's The C.O.M.A. Imprint. Schalk left the band feeling it was his time to go and discover various new paths. Mike MacIvor left the band due to Schalk's departure. He stated " I will not try and pull the wool over anyone's eyes, including my own. There is no Candiria without Ken Schalk, as far as I am concerned." Carley Coma and Kenneth Schalk are now in the band Hope Kills Fear, a christian rock band, which "was created for the purpose of using heartfelt, catchy songs to spread a message of hope, faith, strength and perseverance."
"Candiria" is the plural form of candirú, a freshwater fish found in the Amazon river. However, Ken Schalk has stated before that the band came up with the name, thinking it sounded like a real word, but not in fact knowing of this fish.