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CD BLACK TIDE BEAT THE BULLET REVIEW

BLACK TIDE

BEAT THE BULLET

2013

 

 

A TALE OF TWO TIDES

 

 

Black Tide produced one of the best Metal debuts of recent years before producing one of the most stunningly generic and disposable follow-ups. This six track EP will show which side of the fence they have jumped. Will it be as fresh and exciting as that original or a cash-in that sounds just like so many other Metalcore warriors out there?

 


Musically it all starts well – with ‘Set Me Free (Alive)’ and ‘Not Afraid’ both great Melodic fresh exciting songs, bounding with life: but the ‘dirty’ vocals here smack like an afterthought, and my God how ‘old’ are growls getting these days. I know the kids love them and I’ll admit they have their place but with Black Tide you can’t help feeling that they close far more doors than they open.

 


Where they play it relatively straight, and use dirty vocals simply as sparse punctuation like on ‘Haunted’ it’s even more puzzling and to be blunt, pointless. Like using a gong constantly as a drummer just because you have one not because there is any reason in the world to.

 


The reflective (sorry) ‘In the Mirror’ has more of the magic of that first album, spacey and reaching out, it finally bursts into life and ends up a fine song.  ‘Can’t Get Enough’ that follows is like nothing Black Tide has done before and much more like the spirit that first attracted to them, a little funky, a little earthy but with a distinct Metal attitude – it’s probably our favourite hear with its soaring solo and added bite. Closing track ‘Suffering’ also gets to the point quickly and here the restrained use of dirty vocals actually makes a point, and it’s at that point you again wonder where Black Tide will turn next?

 


At their best Black Tide is a young and exciting Metal Band that runs against the tide, but again here at times they seem so desperately determined to sound like everyone else it’s frightening.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD BLACK TIDE BEAT THE BULLET REVIEW 2013