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October Tide : A Thin Shell

Not quite enough from October Tide?

Initially October Tide was a side project started by some Katatonia’s members to go forging highly melodic Doom/Death when they decided to explore new softer grounds on ’Discouraged Ones’. Ten years after their last album 'Grey Dawn', the band reformed in a very revamped line-up where the guitarist Fredrik Norrman is the sole original member ... who recently left Katatonia.

The recipe hasn’t changed a bit in that decade: they always deliver the same riffs, heavy and melodic at the same time, oozing depression, sadness and death, backed by a relentless rhythmic section and vocals switching from growls to screams. A classic formula, but executed with talent, if failing to bring new ideas.

Some passages timidly try to propose something else ('The Nightime Project' and its gentle hints of psychedelia), but in the end ’A Thin Shell is like a ship that would only want to cruise in well-known waters, thoroughly mapped by others. If the result turns out honest and pleasant to listen to, one was entitled to expect something a little more daring after so many years of waiting and considering the experience of those musicians above all.

However, if you feel nostalgic for the ’Brave Murder Day’ and ‘Sounds Of Decay’ period of Katatonia, you will find here plenty of reasons to be satisfied.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Custodian of Science
2. Deplorable Request
3. The Nighttime Project
4. Blackness Devours
5. The Dividing Line
6. Fragile
7. Scorned

Duration : Approx. 42 minutes

Visit the October Tide bandpage.

Reviewed on 2010-11-24 by Laurent Lignon
Aesthetic Death
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