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October Tide - A Thin Shell

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Posted: 08/15/2010 | Comments: 5 | Rate:

In 1997 Sweden's October Tide debuted with Rain Without End, an emotive-laced, erie, melodic doom masterpiece that was extremely catchy and memorable as well as extremely dark and heavy. One look at their (then) line up it was easy to see why this band who never played one show or did one interview was so tight and did so well at creating their own niche within doom. Although originally formed by Katatonia guitarist Fredrik Norrman and vocalist Jonas Renkse, only Norrman remains in the band today. However, Renkse played an instrumental role in setting the bar and tone of how the vocals would come across. As opposed to his work in Katatonia there are no clean vocals or regular singing, which I could not be more thankful for. After a 10 year hiatus Norrnam is back with vocalist Tobias Netzell, drummer Robin Bergh, session bassist Jonas Kjellgren of Scar Symmetry and Carnal Forge to release A Thin Shell. Needless to say i was beyond stoked to give this a listen.

A Thin Shell features 7 new songs, one of which is an instrumental and clocks in at about 42 minutes. No intros, no outros, no filler, no bullshit. Just the way I like it. It would be an insult to say October Tide hasn't progressed both in song writing and musicianship, however they don't stray far from the sound that gained them the respect of the metal community. Norrman is the master of writing creepy catchy melodic dark somber riffs with dual harmonies and this album is no different. Every song has at least one moment where you catch yourself nodding your head and closing your eyes and rocking out involuntarily. Simon Cowell would call that the X Factor.

When it comes to slow to mid-paced doom/death October Tide cannot be topped. With once listen it is obvious that they mean business. A Thin Shell has great production and features artwork from photographer/graphic designer Travis Smith who has done work for Opeth, Katatonia, Testament, and Death. This is for sure a front runner for album of the year. It comes out 9/28/2010 so be sure to pick it up at your local record store. You are doing yourself a severe injustice if you sleep on this.

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Comments
N.I.L.
11,730 Posts
33/M/PA
Good band, don't see the Loss resemblance and as kinda hinted at in the review, this is just a means for the duder to keep making stuff he wishes Katatonia still did. Which isn't a bad thing.
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
they don't really sound too much loss, but the vocals are closer to loss than katatonia, and some of the depressing melodies remind me of loss and also some of the cleaner sounding somber passages.
N.I.L.
11,730 Posts
33/M/PA
Deathdoom is Deathdoom, though Loss can get more Funeral Doom.
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
33/M/OH
ok
HONKY TONK BLUES
44,814 Posts
36/M/PA
sounds interesting, ill have to check it out.

also, doomdoom is doomdoom and gloomdoom is gloomdoom

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