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October Tide – Winged Waltz – Review

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Posted May 7, 2016 by George Archibald in CD Reviews

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Winged Waltz

Reviewed By: George Archibald

Those who may not be familiar with October Tide, this doom metal quintet has been around since 1995. Formed by former guitar player of Katatonia, Fred Norrman, this is the band’s 5th studio album Winged Waltz which was released April 22nd.

This album is rooted deeply in the Swedish style of doom metal. Winged Waltz is a metal mix of melodic and dissonant guitar, with gut grabbing vocals to focus on a harmony that works. A little lost? Think early releases by Opeth, My Dying Bride, Amorphis, and Katatonia.

From the beginning this album opens with ‘Swarm’ setting the mood. Echoing guitar riffs over a mid-tempo drum beat, the double bass setting the cadence for your head to bob to throughout the song. In doom metal fashion the track goes from heavy to a sonic melody to stir your emotions. The title track ‘Reckless Abandon’ pushes forth with a catchy thrash riff that reminds me of At The Gates. There are many tasty tidbits of harmonics mixed in to catch your attention as well.

For a band who has shrouded themselves in mystery (refusing to tour and interview), disbanded, and reformed; October Tide has made an album that combines beauty and sadness. If you are a fan of the bands I mentioned above give this album a try. I bet it will be on rotation in your favorite playlist.

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