Okay, so a couple days now, I have seen that Black Tide‘s new album Post Mortem is currently out. Now When I first heard these guys it was with the song Shockwave, from the first album Light From Above. Now when I heard the song, I was immediatly blown away, not literally of course. Come to think of it… yeah kinda was. But that’s not the point. The point is the song was above decent level, the guitars were pretty sick, the vocals were awesome, everything tied together quite nicely, and the song proved to be quite addictive. So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out the they were under the legal drinking age. Not only that, but the when the band first got together back in 2004, lead guitarist Gabriel Garcia was 11 years old and Alex Nuñez was just 13 years old, however Alex soon left, and was replaced. Still though, for these guys to have been so young and playing that level of music was quite astonishing. Which brings me to Post Mortem. This would be Black Tide’s second album, following their first album, Light From Above.
Before jumping into Post Mortem, for you know, a Post Mortem, let’s take a look at Light From Above. Light From Above was released on March 18th, 2008. The album was considered a success by many critics and eventually earned them the Kerrang! Award Best International Newcomer Award 2008. The Album was also very notable because the band was all under the age of 20, with the frontman, Gabriel Garcia being only 14 durning the writing and recording.
Light From Above saw the band releasing three singles from the album, Shockwave, Warriors of Time, and Shout, respectively. Shockwave is featured on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game Skate 2, the North American version of Guitar Hero: Modern Hits, and is also available as a downloadable song for the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band. Songs from the album was also available for Tap Tap Revenge 2.
To support the album the band played 341 concerts around the world with headlining shows, festival dates like Download Festival and Mayhem Festival. This began on July 2007 and ended on April 2011. They were also the opening acts for bands such as Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and Trivium.
Black Tide had a minor line-up change when Alex Nuñez left and was replaced by Austin Diaz. Regardless, Black Tide had no choice but to continue (I mean that dude was that import, Gabriel Is.), and thus they did. Their new line-up for Post Mortem, is currently, Gabriel Garcia (vocals and lead guitar), Austin Diaz (rhythm guitar and vocals), Zachary Sandler (bass and vocals), and Steven Spence (drums, percussion).
Black Tide was also graced with Bullet For My Valentine’s Vocalist Matt Tuck on their song, Ashes. The album, Post Mortem, was initally set for Feburary 2011, but was later pushed back to August, 23rd 2011. Three singles were released from the album thus far. Bury Me, Walking Dead Man and That Fire.
What more must I say about these kids? Well I can’t really call them kids. Just Call them Heavy Metal Rockers. Quite a good mix of music. Very addictive music, catchy melodies and quite brilliant Vocals. I can only suggest to you to pick up your copy of Post Mortem. I can see myself listening to it for quite a well. The solos are pretty rocking.
I can also say, that they are growing, their music is much better than their previous album, and considering Light From Above was amazing, guess what, there only going to get better.