Original CANDIRIA guitarist Chris Puma passed away on September 20, according to a statement released by the band. "The cause is not known to us, as his family did not speak of it," the group says. "He leaves behind two children — 3-year-old Aislinn A'marie and 4-month-old Aidan Todd.
"Chris was a great friend to the founding members of the band, and a respected musician among his friends and peers. He was a kind and gentle person and he will be missed."
One of the founding members of CANDIRIA, Puma played guitar in the band from 1992 to 1997, in the process helping to create the unique sound that CANDIRIA is known for today. He can be heard on such CANDIRIA records as "Deep in the Mental" (1995) and "Surrealistic Madness" (1995).
The first two volumes of CANDIRIA's four-volume set of rarities and remixes, "Toying With The Insanities", was released on September 9 through Rising Pulse Records.
"Toying With The Insanities" features remixed songs from CANDIRIA's first three albums. The band brought on special guest remixers to help out with the project. "Faction" was taken from the band's 1997 release, "Beyond Reasonable Doubt", and was remixed by fellow New Yorker, and industrial/techno experimentalist, Edgey.
Each volume contains remixed tracks from CANDIRIA's first three albums, which were put together by special guest remixers from bands such as THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, DALEK, KAYO DOT, FISHBONE and more.