Sunday Soundcheck: Set 022

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This week...

October Tide

A Thin Shell - 2010

Grey Dawn - 1999

Rain Without End - 1997

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Sounds Like:
Death/Doom Metal, Progressive

With little-to-no media attention, the October Tide project garnered an almost cult-like reputation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. As a Katatonia side-project, their sound continued in the trend of Brave Murder Day; slow, hypnotic, melancholic metal with tortured vocals and long instrumental passages. After going through a ten-year hiatus, the band was revived in 2010 with a slightly less maudlin and more aggressive aesthetic, and they continue to grind out their own brand of death/doom metal that practically spawned an entire sub-genre.

Highlights include Blue Gallery and Infinite Submission from their first release, Sweetness Dies and Into Deep Sleep from their second, and Fragile and Scorned from their third. For those who don't enjoy the growled vocal style, I recommend the acoustic closer Dear Sun from Grey Dawn and the full instrumental track A Nighttime Project from A Thin Shell.

In March of this year they put out another album, called Tunnel Of No Light, but upon first listen it is inferior to their prior material. For the infinitely curious, a stream of this release can be found here.

To listen to their music, simply click on the album covers to be taken to their respective pages.

Now, I know the discussion of music can be an emotionally charged subject for some people, but I'm not claiming that anything is better than anything else. This is no more than a soap-box for me to promote music that I enjoy; maybe you'll like it, maybe you won't. That's fine.

If you've any recommendations based on this artist, or wish to promote some music that you yourself enjoy, please do so in the comments. Maybe I'll end up enjoying something enough to feature it myself.

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