Black Tide
Post Mortem


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
August 29th, 2011 | 63 replies | 11,038 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Putting aside the obvious input of Black Tide’s influences Post Mortem is a commercially enjoyable album.

Black Tide’s second album is an unspectacular attempt at a commercially viable metal record. What must be understood is that if the listener comes into Post Mortem expecting something interesting or groundbreaking, they will find themselves being bored to tears. A couple of things have changed from their debut effort Light From Above. Firstly the clean vocals have improved, with the inclusion of screamed passages. The drums now incorporate double bass work and the bass guitar has a stronger presence. Post Mortem has also seen a slightly heavier writing style losing Light From Above’s rather thrash rock sound.

Lyrically, Post Mortem is uninspiring. Most songs incorporate large amounts of cliché phrases (see ‘Bury Me’, “Take my life, cause it’s already over, just bury me, just bury me”). These cliché passages are not aided by the simple and at times obvious rhyming patterns creating a rather stale aspect to the album. The instrumentation provides most of the interest on Post Mortem found mainly in the guitar work and their respective solo passages. There are some hard hitting riffs and tasteful chord progressions that accompany the lyrical phrases well and reinforce the album’s level of catchiness. Thankfully the bass work is more noticeable this time around; the bass backs the guitar’s rhythm sections well and thickens the sound when combined with the drum work. The drums themselves have a greater impact on the listener. With the inclusion of the double bass the drums make for a more interesting listen without becoming overly technical.

Post Mortem can at times define the word: ‘generic’, but that doesn’t mean the album is worthless, there are some very catchy, sing-a-long moments to be had. One example includes ‘Let It Out’ where the hook is used so much that the listener may not be able to stop themselves from joining in. Highlighting the album is track ‘Walking Dead Man’. The track sees much of the up-beat tempo that most listeners will be familiar with, and also contains various amounts of screaming and yelling. There is a high display of the guitarist’s technical ability found in the lead work and opening solo.

For a change of pace, including acoustic passages is track ‘Into The Sky’. For the most part the track is acoustic but interestingly a symphonic backing becomes the dominant source of instrumentation coupled with the band’s drummer. This ballad styled track highlights a soppy, sad side to the band with lyrics like “ I will meet you there” repeated over and over again.

Overall, Post Mortem is catchy and expectantly cliché, but is in no way pushing boundaries or making the musical world take notice of Black Tide. The album is lyrically bland with its typical and obvious rhyming patterns. It can be enjoyed to a certain extent but is unlikely to reach the heights that the band is hoping it will achieve.



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Proworks31
August 30th 2011



334 Comments


Nice review. Pos.
They worth checking out?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


You guys are going to hate this a lot more than me.


Regardless, it's a review : ]

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


It's been a while since i put something up, hope it's not too rusty.

Proworks, Thanks for the pos, yeah man judging by your rating you would dig this a little.

RosaParks
August 30th 2011



14592 Comments


Only made it a few tracks into this before giving up.

Ovrot
August 30th 2011



10457 Comments


album art is so bad

Digging: Emptiness - Nothing but the Whole

Transcend
August 30th 2011



361 Comments


I have absolutely no desire to hear this.

ZombicidalMan
August 30th 2011



1704 Comments


Adding screamed passages and more double bass would seem to make this even more generic than their debut... won't check it out. But good review.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


Only made it a few tracks into this before giving up.

You won't be the only one.


Cheers Zombie, and agreeing with you there, there are so many BFMV inspired sections throughout this album that its going to get people to run away from this before they even start listening.
Anyone want to have a go with the album art??

AfterTheBreakdown
August 30th 2011



7106 Comments


Pos'd. Your break didn't seem to affect your reviewing skills sir.

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



23798 Comments


fuck this band so hard

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


Well this is the 1st album i have been able to listen to since all my gear got stolen so, i'm back on my day off.

AfterTheBreakdown
August 30th 2011



7106 Comments


What gear got stolen man?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=45288&page=2#lastpost

bottom of this page.

Ovrot
August 30th 2011



10457 Comments


why do you refuse to pirate music?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


Morals about killing the industry i wanted to be a part of, (don't start one of those conversations, i don't have the energy for it) figured a music collection is more impressive if you payed for everything.

ZombicidalMan
August 30th 2011



1704 Comments


The way I see it is, download all you like illegally. If you like it, then you fucking buy it and support the artist. If you don't, you delete it. No harm done, really.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


That makes sense i guess, anyone want to throw some review pointers on here, it's been a while someone may see something i can't.

Eclecticist
August 30th 2011



3863 Comments


Good review but I can't stand this band

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
August 30th 2011



6923 Comments


Cause it's full of cliche ?

Ovrot
August 30th 2011



10457 Comments


downloading the album should be ok if the album is unobtainable by other means



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