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Black Tide - Light From Above (7/10) - USA - 2008

Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Interscope
Playing time: 45:00
Band homepage: Black Tide

Tracklist:

  1. Shockwave
  2. Shout
  3. Warriors Of Time
  4. Give Me A Chance
  5. Let Me
  6. Show Me The Way
  7. Enterprise
  8. Live Fast Die Young
  9. Hit The Lights
  10. Black Abyss
  11. Light From Above
Black Tide - Light From Above

There’s an astonishing pedigree being touted about around BLACK TIDE’s debut offering ‘’Light From Above’’ Amazingly all band members are currently under the age of twenty which makes this record all the more remarkable with vocalist/ guitarist Gabriel Garcia weighing in at a lofty fifteen (as if I didn’t already feel old enough) almost beggars belief.

 

The song writing maturity is staggering as is the musicianship and even if they do wear their influences on their collective sleeves BLACK TIDE has issued one of the Metal highlights of this year.

 

BLACK TIDE’s sound, as if you haven’t previously guessed at, centres on 80’s Metal and US Hard Rock. Obsequiously there’s plenty of MAIDEN riffery, GUNS N ROSES/MOTLEY CRUE swagger and ARMORED SAINT power. It all adds up to an excellent workout and could see BLACK TIDE rise to prominence with the likes of TRIVIUM and BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE.

 

Particular highlights include opener ‘’Shockwave’’ which meshes ARMORED SAINT with SKID ROW rather well. ‘’Warriors Of Time’’ encroaches with an epic feel, the acoustic opening is superb segueing into an old fashioned fist in the air Metal chant. The laid back almost Power ballad drive of ‘’Give Me A Chance’’ will appeal to the Melodic Rock radio fan in you, I could almost hear some WHITE LION in there for good measure. The brisk Zakk Wylde/PANTERA riffing on ‘’Let Me’’ beefs up the Heavy Metal as does the intricate guitar playing of the Euro Power Metal sounds of ‘’Enterprise’’ An edgy cover of METALLICA’S ‘’Hit The Lights’’ impresses with the remaining brace of ‘’Black Abyss’’ and the title track offering more glimpses with a touch more Proggy nuance of how great this band could become.

(Online April 24, 2008)

Chris Doran



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