Tides of Man
Empire Theory


4.5
superb

Review

by Joshua Hunt USER (21 Reviews)
March 24th, 2013 | 13 replies | 862 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do not be fooled by the label, this is not a typical Rise Records band

“Empire Theory,” brought to you by progressive post hardcore new bloods: Tides of Man is an exceptional album. Blending a sense of progression without fully implementing it, while weaving emotionally captivating vocals and engaging guitar and drum work; Tides of Man will keep you on the tips of your toes just waiting to see what they are going to pull out of their box of tricks next.

The melodies delivered by Tilian Pearson come across as similar to that of Anthony Green’s work with Circa Survive
with a flair and emotional edge that I have not heard among this genre. The aggressive feeling and heightened angst at times could be compared to Claudio Sanchez. It is very clear that Pearson has been heavily influenced by both of these vocalists, however he does not seem like a copycat, his style still comes across as extremely unique and although I cannot make out the characteristic he is nonetheless a phenomenal vocalist. Easily the most standout feature of the album and the band as a whole.

The title track is one of the standout tracks on the album, and along with “Knowing” is a good place to see what to expect from the majority of the album. All in all it is very dynamic, eerie, and musically rich. The sense of progression is easy to grasp and the melody is catchy and emotionally charged. “Knowing” and “Not My Love” are by far the most memorable tracks on the album. While the other songs bring new elements to the table from and album perspective, they clearly do not hold the glory of the for mention tracks. In all reality these songs would be phenomenal standouts on any other album, but the fact of the matter is that the tracks that tend to hold attention the most readily are so massive and outstanding that they raise the bar far above the other tracks.

The most important thing to understand on this album is that Tides of Man is a very musically proficient band as a whole. Josh Gould does and exceptional job of blending technically proficient drum fills while keeping an impeccable sense of groove to the mix, “Mercy” is a prime example of this. The guitar work throughout the album is acute, melodic, energetic and surprising. At times it is laid back and ambient and at other times it is heavy and radiating with energy. What bring it all together are the seamless transitions between these two feelings. The only real musicality complaint to be found is that the only time the bass is clearly audible and doing interesting things are during the instrumental breaks, the second TIlian begins to sing the bass parts just follow the guitar work with little to no variance. Not that this is a terrible drawback; it would just be nice to hear a bit of change occasionally.

The lyrics throughout the album are thought provoking, gripping and emotional in themselves. These lyrics are truly profound throughout the album and the delivery of them only adds to the greatness of the whole thing. It is challenging to find one set of lyrics that truly shine above the rest as they all seem to be on a high level. Not to say that some lyrics are not weaker than others as the majority of them tend to be very on par with themselves.

Tides of Man created a very high energy and musically powerful release. It is thought provoking, emotionally gripping, musically epic and catchy all on the same side of the coin, a feat few bands can pull off on a sophomore release, let alone a debut. It flows nicely from start to finish, makes great use of every band member and brands a unique style while not becoming over the top or boring. Tides of Man has set the bar high for progressive post hardcore music and I look forward to whatever members of this band do in the future.

Recommended Tracks:
Knowing
Empire Theory
Mercy
Not My Love
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Comments:Add a Comment 
joshuahuntkc
March 24th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't think this is my best reveiw, I was kind of in and out of focus while writing it, so don't be too hard on me. I would have loved to see what else they could have done if Tilian was still in the band. Listen to the first track, if you like it you'll forsure like the album.

joshieboy12345
March 24th 2013



5370 Comments


Didn't the singer leave this band to replace Jonny ''Macbook'' Craig in DGD?

joshuahuntkc
March 24th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes he did, he's doing an excellent job with them as well

joshieboy12345
March 24th 2013



5370 Comments


I didn't know voices could go higher than Kellin Quinn's. Damn, l was wrong. This guy goes so high.

joshuahuntkc
March 24th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah he does, but his tone isn't girly, which is a great quality.

Calc
March 24th 2013



12140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

dreamhouse was/is better

Digging: Jizue - Shiori

joshuahuntkc
March 24th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thats debatable. It's different in a lot of ways, so I'm not going to pick favorites. I think a lot of people feel that way because they listened to Dreamhouse first, and its a more accecible album, but I don't want to compare them.

Calc
March 24th 2013



12140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'll compared the shit outta them and I heard this first. western scene is really good though

Fluttertrank
March 24th 2013



17098 Comments


second album is alot better than this one.

taxidermist
March 24th 2013



7202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bought this the day it released a looooong time ago. Underrated album for sure, but not a 4.5 imo. I don't like Tilian with DGD at all.

00mee
March 24th 2013



206 Comments


Not My Love is such an awesome song

joshuahuntkc
March 24th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@taxidermist have you seen him live wit DGD, because he hasn't released anything with them as of yet, but they played some new songs and they were pretty awesome imo. And I wasn't going to rate it a 4.5 I originally thinking 3.5-4.0 but if I had done that I would have just been reusing the other reveiwers opinions so I just looked at the best qualities and gave it a 4.5. In reality it could be a 4.5 to a lot of people, so I'm ok with tha rating.

I guess I need to listen to Dreamhouse more.

joshuahuntkc
September 12th 2013



1581 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To Calc and anybody else who mentioned it. I now agree, Dreamhouse is a far superior album. I think I have to 5 it. Not that I think any less of this album now but I totally understand what you meant.



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