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Tides : Resurface

This is the debut album of Tides, a US instrumental three piece in the vein of Neurosis and other similar soundscape bands. The music can perhaps be described as mixing elements from Sludgecore, Doomcore and, of course, Post-Rock. Many might claim that this is some sort of non-minimalistic Drone, but I would disagree if that were so. The music keeps on floating and with a steady, albeit far from monotonous, beat. It might thus seem like Drone, but Drone, in my mind, is defined by having some sort of humming and strong repetitiveness. Tides has neither. Their music is usually dominated by clean guitars and totally avoids playing any repetitive sections. Thus I would claim that in many ways this is the opposite of Drone while still keeping the possibility of pleasing Drone fans.

As mentioned, I consider the music to contain soundscapes. Though, I do not know if this was the bands intention. When I listen to it, I get images of glades in a European forest. It's got the warmth of summer or spring. There aren't too many animals present, but elements such as occational downpours and breezes of wind come and go. From the band name one could also imagine the seashore with the waves crashing in. In both views there is something majestic and proud about the sound. It emanates loud and clear, but not in a dominating way. They have Pelican's ability to ping the imagination and produce mental voyages, though the images have a more ambivalent trait to them, granting the imagination greater freedom in it's exploration.

I believe that Tides is a band for people who enjoy bands such as Pelican, Neurosis and other similar artists. Fans of lighter or more elaborate kinds of Drone might also fancy this. I even believe that it might appeal to those who would like a more Core approach to the musical style easy listening.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Resurface
2. By the Droves
3. Aurora
4. Sirens Fade
5. Wash Away
6. The Other Shore

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes.

Visit the Tides bandpage.

Reviewed on 07-03-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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