Black Tide – Chasing Shadows

Black Tide chasing Shadows

There are a plethora of super young bands being scooped up by big labels left and right lately. Remember that when weighing the merits of wunderkind types, you need to judge slowly. From Mozart to Louis Armstrong, Sinatra to Little Stevie Wonder, Tori Amos to Jason Becker, Fiona Apple, Devin Townsend an now Adele; the bristling energy of a talented prodigy can make hearts pound. Recall that except for Adele, they didn’t have to deal with trolls on current social media who have neither talent nor any nurturing it seems. Since forming ten years ago Floridians Black Tide broke out with their explosive début Light From Above (Interscope), and they blew up as fast as their riffing little fingers were moving. In the years passed they have dealt with changing times, changing members, and a back biting scene.

However, the story does not end here and the arc of Black Tide’s career does fade out yet. Founder Gabe Garcia and longtime guitar partner Austin Diaz have matured past the Trivium-esque neo-thrash of their début and the active rock of Post Mortem to make an interesting mix of all those influences and much more. Chasing Shadows (Pavement Music) sees the band come into its own and becoming comfortable with uncomfortable: adulting in this cray decade.

When Chasing Shadows rocks, it blazes hot. After a dramatic classical intro ‘No Guidelines’ just rips. There is a confidence to match the talent now that has seasoned into form. Thrash, heavy metal, harmony guitar solos, great singing: all in the kitchen sink of well written songs. ‘Angel In The Dark’ has a faint hint of a pop-rock chorus, but doesn’t lose the script of a ballsy rocker. ‘Predator (Animal)’ is the best song on the album. Gabe and Austin are super talented shredders and when the band lets their inner Iron Maiden loose, you are sure to smile.

There are other worthy gems on here such as the title track, the stellar ‘Before We Form’ and the epic thrash closer ‘Promised Land’. There are some missteps too, and despite some competently performed balladry the band will always fall nearer to mid-era Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet For My Valentine than Shinedown or Seether. Nothing wrong with that at all by the way.

7.0/10

KEITH CHACHKES

Black Tide Set To Return With Chasing Shadows Album In October

Black Tide band 2015

 

Miami rock and thrash veterans Black Tide have set Chasing Shadows as the title for their new album, due October 16th via Pavement Music. The follow up to the acclaimed Post Mortem (Interscope) album, Chasing Shadows will be the bands first new music in two years and first full-length album since 2011. Swamped by line-up changes, the band led by mainstay Gabe Garcia (guitar, lead vocals), counts Austin Diaz (guitar), and Cody Paige (drums) in its ranks. A new bassist has yet to be named as of press time. Next month the band will debut a new single (‘Angel In The Dark’) and their upcoming touring slate. You can pre-order the album and get exclusive bundles here

 

black tide chasing shadows album cover

 

Chasing Shadows track listing:

1. Intro

2. Guidelines

3. Angel In The Dark

4. Predator (Animal)

5. Burn

6. Chasing Shadows

7. Before We Form

8. Sex Is Angry

9. Welcome To Misery

10. Heaven

11. Promised Land