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Black Tide makes no apologies about worshipping at the altar of Metallica. Their 2008 debut Light from Above even boasted an impressive cover of “Hit The Lights.” The Miami quartet’s sophomore long-player is a bit of a departure in style. Where their first album resonated with a deep love for Metallica’s ‘80s thrash-metal, Post Mortem echoes Metallica’s move into ‘90s stadium-friendly hard rock. “Ashes” opens blending post-grunge songcraft with NWOBHM-flavored guitar solos while rapid-fire rhythms recall the fury of their first album. The singing is especially strong here as it features guest vocals by Matthew Tuck of Bullet for My Valentine. The following “Bury Me” delivers an insta-hit with a noticeable change from speed-metal to melodic metalcore's trappings. “That Fire” is another infectious standout that shines a spotlight on Black Tide’s stellar musicianship — check out Gabriel Garcia and Austin Diaz’s amazing guitar interplay here. Unbinding themselves from Metallica’s spell, “Walking Dead Man” displays a promising direction in accessible metalcore.

Customer Reviews

Fans of Music - BEWARE!

I left a review shortly after purchasing this album nearly a year ago - strange that it is no longer posted on iTunes and that all of the reviews that remain are positively BEAMING! makes me wonder about the authenticity of the review system on this platform. I definitely remember a number of reviews that were bashing Post Mortem. I am appalled that I now stand alone in my fight for the truth to be heard on this album's painful depature from the band's thrash-metal roots. At any rate, let me reiterate that this album is a sad departure from their first outting in Light From Above. How a band can sell out so quickly and become such a disgusting radio-friendly parody of their former selves is beyond me. I'm guessing money has something to do with it! It probably also has something to do with my last review that was deleted. Don't believe me? Preview the songs! Sure, there's a couple of good songs, but its not the solid head-banging classic that was their previous effort. Let's hope this review stays alive!

Took a while

I was a big fan of Light From Above so I was excited for Post Mortem. I didn't take to it right away because it sounded different but one day it just clicked with me and now it's one of my favourite albums of 2011. All songs are great.


A new sound which is even better than Light From Above. This is a promising young band which has a great future. Keep up the good work.


Formed: Miami, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

As mere teenagers ranging in age from 14 to 19 years old, Black Tide (formerly called Radio) share a surprising affinity for metal bands that hit their career peaks and vanished behind the curtain of grunge well before any members of the group were born. Citing guitar virtuosos Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul Gilbert, and Steve Vai as influences, as well as the more traditionally referenced metal trendsetters like Metallica and Slayer, the boys make heavy-hitting speed metal that would sit right at home in...
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