Candy (USA)
Good To Feel


3.5
great

Review

by Kenneth Timper USER (15 Reviews)
May 15th, 2019 | 10 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On their full-length debut, Candy serve up a short, sweet, and violent slab of noisy hardcore.

The first thing that might grab your attention about Candy’s latest offering is the album’s ridiculous cover art: it’s nasty, violent, and wild as hell— a perfect visual representation of the hardcore rollercoaster ride that is Good to Feel.

Sonically and structurally, this is a hardcore record through and through. Candy thrashes through Good to Feel’s seventeen minutes at a breakneck pace, dishing out your standard caveman riffs and murderous two-steps. It is clear that the Richmond upstarts have a healthy appreciation for hardcore stalwarts like Integrity, Terror, and to a lesser extent, Burning Love (which can be heard in the band’s chunky HM-2 drenched tone and punk n’ roll leanings).

Upon first listen, Good to Feel might feel like your typical hardcore affair; crunchy punk rock riffs serve as a backdrop for lyrics that cover a myriad of familiar topics in the genre (police brutality, social unrest and justice, etc). There are plenty of punishing grooves and untamed solos to keep fans of the genre satisfied. However, this record isn’t without its fair share of surprises: lumbering melodic grooves dominate songs like “Distorted Dreams,” while album closer “Bigger than Yours” briefly incorporates dreamy shoegazy stylings before dissolving into a wall of harsh noise to finish things off.

At just shy of eighteen minutes, it is nearly impossible for Good to Feel to overstay its welcome. It is an efficient and masterful slab of hardcore that manages to weave a handful of clever ideas within the bedlam. Good to Feel is filled to the brim with thrashing, hardcore punk riffage and soaring solos that are guaranteed to keep listeners at the edge of their seats for the entirety of its brief runtime. Candy’s full-length debut is a short and noisy affair that throws enough curveballs to show listeners what the band is really capable of.



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ktjammin
May 15th 2019


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wrote this on my phone sorry if it sucks eggs, c/c welcome and appreciated. Thank you!

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BallsToTheWall
May 15th 2019


49612 Comments


I’m sold.

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botb
May 15th 2019


12911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last year’s best hardcore record

accompliceofmydeath
May 15th 2019


4747 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listened to this again and it still bangs.

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ktjammin
May 15th 2019


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I’d love to see this band live.

Papa Universe
May 15th 2019


20987 Comments


good to POS

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ktjammin
May 15th 2019


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hell ya thank you brother

Trifolium
May 15th 2019


5832 Comments


Agreed have a pos!
Much much much better than I could have done with it. Happy about the trade!

ktjammin
May 15th 2019


286 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Right on! I appreciate it, apparently I had listened to this before and forgotten all about it. It was really fun to revisit it. I hope you’re enjoying your new album as well.

Trifolium
May 15th 2019


5832 Comments


Yeah it's super nice and I've got a few ideas already.



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