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Album Review

While not the most original, this is a very interesting effort, with mid-tempo epic guitar work and interesting song dynamics throughout. All of the excellent musicianship and black metal-style songwriting were executed by just two individuals, J. Renkse on drums and guitars and Fredrik Norman on guitars and bass. The overall sound is very cohesive, with the now fairly typical screaming black metal-style vocals performed by a third individual, Marten Hansen. Although a project initially confined to the studio, this material is creative and impressive enough to have gained a following without the touring that's often crucial for a metal band. Tastefully applied effects, such as a subtle flanger on some acoustic parts, keep the listener engaged and accentuate the spooky and cathedral-sized proportions of the melodic riffing. Grey Dawn is an emotional and inspiring debut.

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love it

while there are many bands that have a sound somewhat like this, i give them credit for still having lovely songs. i love each and every melodic guitar solo and each unique rhythm. what really bothers me is the album review shown here. its very disrepectful to the band, and it sounds to me like whoever wrote it was trying to be clever and know-it-all and above everyone. close-minded, rude, etc., and the band does not deserve so much negative advertisment. (watch them refuse to post this, haha) well, that aside, i think the album is great. a few songs to be sure and listen to are dear sun, grey dawn, and from another album- 12 days of rain. :)


Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s

October Tide were a short-lived side project for Katatonia members Fredrik Norrman (guitar, bass) and Jonas Renkse (guitar, drums, vocals), responsible for releasing a pair of LPs in 1997's Rain Without End and 1999's Grey Dawn (also featuring vocalist Marten Hansen). However, although quite competent efforts in their own rights (especially the latter), these differed little in style from Katatonia's work in the...
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