Post Mortem by Black Tide
Released: Aug 2011
Label: DGC/Interscope
Contrary to published hype -- and despite the anomalously over-the-top opener "Shockwave" on their teenaged 2008 debut -- these Miami whippersnappers are neither a thrash nor a power metal band. On their 2011 follow-up Post Mortem, they stick to contemporary commercial loud rock, in "so damn numb" screamo mode. Matt Tuck of Bullet For My Valentine bares his sensitive soul in "Ashes," the first song; the album closes with a blatantly radio-friendly ballad, "Into The Sky," preceded by the metalcore bark "Walking Dead Man." If this is a throwback to Metallica, it's to '90s Metallica.
CHUCK EDDY
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