Candiria was initially formed in 1992 by vocalist Carley Coma, guitarists Chris Puma, Eric Matthews and drummer Kenneth Schalk.[2] Even early on they were creating unusual music, with vocals that ranged from dry barks to rap. Candiria’s rhythmic guitar style consists of riffing – rhythmically-played chords – with little melody interrupted by jazz-infused chord progressions. Ken Schalk’s drumming often consists of polyrhythms. Michael MacIvor, in fact, may be the least metal-influenced member of the group, as apparent in his melodically complex basslines which frequently do not follow the guitar riffs.

Chris Puma was replaced by John Lamacchia before 1997’s Beyond Reasonable Doubt,[2] while Lamacchia himself left the band after 2004’s What Doesn’t Kill You…, due to personal issues. The latter album features a cover photograph of the band’s van after a heavy traffic accident it endured in 2002. The album signalled a more melodic direction change for the band, which received varying amounts of criticism and praise from different sides.