A follow up to 2002’s “Impressions From A Dying World, “Love, Lies, Anguish” is the second full-length album from German power trio MY TIDE. The band plays a decent blend of Gothic Rock and Alternative Rock, and while their sophomore effort is competent enough, these guys still have a ways to go if they want to get signed.
The album starts out on the right foot with “You’ll Never Know”, a catchy little Alt piece, but it things quickly take a turn for the worse with the bland “Ember” and the Gothic “No God Behind Your Back”. Things get a bit heavier with the German-language track “Erntezeit”, which features vocalist Stefan Frost growling as hard as he can. Sadly, it doesn’t sound all that spectacular.
As is the norm with Gothic Metal, there isn’t a whole ton of innovation on “Love, Lies, Anguish”. The majority of the album’s tracks all seem to run together. Only a select few songs stand out amidst all the filler, such as the aforementioned “You’ll Never Know” and “Blood Against Oblivion”, a track which is enhanced by effective use of female vocals.
Overall, “Love, Lies, Anguish” is a very mediocre album, but it does have a few moments of brilliance. The use of high-pitched female vocals to complement the low-pitched male vocals works extremely well in certain songs (“Blood Against Oblivion”). It’d be interesting to see how the persistent Frost and company will use them on the inevitable third release. While they’re at it, a little more deviation from the norm would be nice, as well.
(Online May 24, 2007)