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Tides Resurface

1. Resurface MP3 2. By the Droves 3. Aurora 4. Sirens Fade 5. Wash Away 6. the Other Shore
2005 Teenage Disco Bloodbath Records
Our score 7


Ok, quick! List three heavy, slow, and instrumental or mostly instrumental bands. Got your listI bet most lists have Isis, Pelican, and Neurosis on them. Or the too often used joke name combinations of the above bands which was neither funny nor clever in the first place. Just as there are more fish in the sea for the broken hearted, or life after retirement for the middle aged, so too are there other bands of this style to pay attention to besides the ones listed above. Not only are there plenty of existing bands out there that do the doom/ambient/slow/heavy thing arguably better than the above bands, but there are also many new bands that should be acknowledged that share similar stylistic qualities. Allow me to introduce you to Tides, one such band that has released a debut album in this vein that deserves immediate attention. Just to get the ball rolling, I'm not going to compare Tides to Isis, Neurosis, or Pelican because, while others might disagree, I don't think they sound enough like them to warrant direct comparisons. Furthermore, I think that there are more similarities to other bands of this style that should be mentioned instead. Tides debut is a powerful and well done three-piece demonstration of doomy/ambient instrumental rock. Some moments are exceedingly heavy and distorted while others are pristine, clear, and atmospheric. The heavier moments tend to shift towards a Yob style of riff phrasing, while more stoner rock elements akin to bands like the Hidden Hand are also apparent at times. Tides also exhibits a nice ability to transition between the heavier and softer moments, similar to Mouth of the Architect. The softer moments are more indicative of Red Sparowes than anything else, but less heavy bands also come to mind, such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Explosions in the Sky. The six tracks spanning Tides' debut album alternate between long and short structures. Tides definitely requires some semblance of an attention span, which might turn away some listeners. One ability of great doom/ambient bands with long song structures is that at the end of an eleven minute track you feel like you've only listened for a few minutes. Being a debut, Tides does not seem to have grasped this yet, and some moments of the songs seem to drag. However, fans of this type of music should be able to ignore this drawback when weighed against the overall effectiveness of the album. Bottom Line: If you are fans of doom/ambient/stoner rock, you should like this. If you are not, you know who you are, and this is probably not for you. If this debut is any indication of what Tides is capable of, then future releases are surely destined to place them in the elite of bands of this style.


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anonymous 9/14/2005 9:57:47 PM

smirst smost ?

hxcobd_ 9/14/2005 10:06:37 PM


ipoopedinyourcloset_ 9/14/2005 10:09:26 PM

One copy left in my store, if anyone cares: It's a good CD, if this style of music is up your alley.

PhilaHCPUNK!_ 9/14/2005 10:24:02 PM

Not only do I own this CD, I saw this band live in phila...they were f*cking awesome!they had a sound dude doing noise and shit...they rocked hard...played first...and thier merch dude also sold me a tape of his horror soundscape shit...pick this CD up if you like intrumental ballads

yeast_infection_ 9/14/2005 10:29:00 PM

this is a good album, I'd give it an 8. My favorite track: Aurora

notorious_dob_ 9/14/2005 11:14:00 PM

worst preview track ever

rob_mcfeters_ 9/15/2005 1:32:53 AM

this sounds intriguing. i should check this out.

Mudhoney_ 9/15/2005 2:14:35 AM

I really like the mp3, sounds a bit like a heavier red sparrowes, but not too close for comfort. I might have to pick this up. THANKS LAMBGOAT.

captnigga_ 9/15/2005 2:44:32 AM

awesome band, deserving of more credit

Michael_ 9/15/2005 7:22:32 AM

Really good album. I gave it an 8. Glad to see people are getting into them.

Wayno_ 9/15/2005 8:10:49 AM

As much as the reviewer hates to agree, this band DOES sound like Isis and Pelican and Red Sparrowes with a Stoner Rock element to it. That`s not such a bad thing. Kudos to the guy for trying to bring more attention to other very deserving bands in this growing sub-genre.

nocomply_ 9/15/2005 1:00:39 PM

my interest has been sparked

jefferson_ 9/15/2005 1:39:24 PM

this review was a long time in the waiting, huh?

har_har_ 9/15/2005 9:38:05 PM

neurosis > everything

Dyami_LIAV_ 9/15/2005 10:26:16 PM

This CD is awesome. I haev respect.

Kanye West_ 9/16/2005 7:02:40 PM

George Bush doesn't care about black people.

thenistabbedhim/urkelbot_ 9/18/2005 10:27:25 PM

This is like Jesu or ISIS but not as enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of instrumental either.

jonny_ 9/19/2005 12:00:38 PM

unoriginal trash! Sounds like chevelle or something. I'm gonna be sick. When will people learn?

xdxmx_ 9/20/2005 3:27:43 PM

it should be 8 or 9/10

grossnegligence_ 9/23/2005 3:07:54 PM

who said this album doesn't sound like Pelican????? you need to have your ears checked. It's nearly a carbon copy. Drums inot guitar sounds (high pitched), this album could be packaged labelled Pelican, and even they would say to themselves, "damn, this is pretty good stuff, when did we record this?"

retch_ 10/11/2005 2:46:44 AM

this is some good stuff