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Album Review: Black Tide – Light From Above

By on Thursday, 4th December 2008 at 7:34 pm

Ok so the new album from Black Tide has been out for most of the year but the record has come to life for me in the early stages of this Christmas month. The Miami metal heads have been grabbing headlines for some time now but there are some factors of the bands recipe for success that are often over looked. Firstly, every band member is under 21 years of age so they are still just kids and the second thing is that they are signed to a label (Interscope) that seems to only deal with the best of the best such as Dr. Dre , Gwen Stafani , Jimmy Eat World and 50 cent.

The album “Light From Above” deserves all of its accolades and awards as few metal bands ever reach the maturity displayed by the teens.The way to describe the sound of the album is to think of Iron Maiden, Dragon Force and Coheed and Cambria all clashed together. Thrashing tempos and guitar solos from hyper space don’t need an invitation to suddenly explode from nowhere.

Lead singer Garcia is young and sounds young but the riffs and vocals he produces sound as mature as anyone. The tracks that shine on the record are “Shout” which uses some inventive effects while the stadium shaker “Warriors of Our Time” sounds truly epic. The album really is the first material from the band that displays their true talent and potential but supposable the group are going to get better and better. I’m not sure this can even happen but I am sure they can wave the flag for modern metal high and proud.


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