Evolution at its finest.
This band is well known for their emo label, both in sound and imagine, but ‘Tidal Wave’ sees them shed that skin. It’s not like they’re no longer recognisable – this album combines the old sound with fresher elements; the new stuff is just more noticeable.
Tracks like ‘Death Wolf ‘take centre stage – the pulsing drums and eerie chants of ‘nobody will know’ make the song more than impressive, while ‘I Felt It Too’ is gentle and delicate, seemingly pulled from the darkest shadows of human emotion.
The album’s namesake is most reminiscent of the band’s earlier days, with crisp vocals and clever lyrics – ‘Will you embrace chaos/or take control’ – and this record is the perfect retaliation to that emo label.