Tom McNulty – Vocals
Justin Wong – Guitar & Vocals
Jared Tilton – Bass & Vocals
Angus Wang – Drums
Label: Independent release
Location: Melbourne and Warrnambool, Australia
Influences: Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Northlane, Architects, Periphery, August Burns Red, Wage War, Bring Me The Horizon
Sound Like: Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Windwaker
Every time you think the talented pool of Aussie musicians must be starting to deplete along comes a band to prove you wrong!
Melbourne’s Tides Collide have released their self-titled EP this week and after listening to the first two singles off the EP I was keen to hear some more.
Enticing us into Outlier with a momentum building intro the boys waste no time in showcasing the bands talents. Tom’s guttural vocals have a big deathcore feel to them and seem to come effortlessly from a place deep within. This is one of the heavier tracks on the EP and the breakdown, in Tom’s words, really does make you “want to throw a loaf of bread over the neighbour’s fence”
Lost Sight slams you from the get-go. Hammering drums, thumping bass and some tasty riffage already had me hooked and then we get introduced to Jared’s vocals. To be honest I got lost in the song due to the sublime blending of Jared and Tom’s vocals.
The beginning of One Final Effort lures you into thinking that the pace is going to slow. Wrong! I’m excited to see how this song transfers to a live gig. This song gives me major Killswitch Engage vibes. This is where I start to wonder where they fit in the wider metalcore genre!
Crowned was the debut single for Tides Collide and the chorus is one that will unquestionably have crowd participation once gigs resume. Crowned has the whole package. Hefty guitar riffs, exploding drums and an insane breakdown which I’m all for!
Taking it down a notch, well half a notch, Not The End is a poignant song around loss and grief. Emotional while still bringing the heavy this is another example of how complimentary Jared and Tom’s vocals are to each other. This is my one of my personal favourites off the EP.
Truenorth is a beautiful piece and shows the bands diversity. It has more of a prog/djent feel to it in places and would be one I would love to hear stripped back. The lyrics of this song really resonated with me. “Truenorth I start to walk to you, From all the pain that I once knew, Truenorth I start to walk to you, Start to embrace you” A perfect way to finish off what is an extremely good debut release.
This EP is full of surprises. Yes, its metalcore, but where Tides Collide quite fit in that genre remains to be seen as they encompass so many styles in their songs. I’m keen to see what these guys have in store for us because I don’t think it’s the last we will be seeing of them.