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Review: Shark Infested Daughters – These Tides, Our Tombs

I recently received a rather interesting copy of Shark Infested Daughters’ upcoming album These Tides, Our Tombs. Shark Infested Daughters is a 6-piece metalcore band from Calgary, AB, Canada. Shark Infested Daughters will soon be on tour with The Body Politic and Corvus the Crow to support the release of These Tides, Our Tombs so you may be able to catch them then. Currently there are 2 singles out and one music video. Head to their Bandcamp and Facebook!

What I found the most interesting about These Tides, Our Tombs is the fact that I enjoy it as much as I do. Shark Infested Daughters is not introducing anything new or groundbreaking and they do a lot of things I usually don’t like much or are over used in other bands’ music, but for some reason I enjoy it here. These include a lot of breakdowns, poppy synth at times, a focus on clean vocals, predictable choruses, and a lack of audible bass. While a good portion of the breakdowns are fun and catchy enough to pardon, it’s a shame they are made to be such key factors of some songs, like “Whitefang.” In the same vein, the breakdowns keep your head moving and compliment the vocals (clean and not).

The clean vocals are beautiful and are sung by the synth player, who does a wonderful job at providing tight synth rhythms. I love how subtle, yet very present the notes are. “DeadEye” and “Glass Kingdom” do this precisely and it’s really cool if you like synth. Sometimes the synth gets really dominant (that’s when it sounds poppy) and I’m not crazy about that, but it’s kind of acceptable. It could be the cleans that redeem that, I don’t know.

When there are riffs they are usually kinda djenty and almost mini-breakdowns, but not all. “Hyperion” is one of the 3 musically best songs on These Tides, Our Tombs because it breaks the molds and gives more variety. There’s more to the song structure, a solo, and almost melo-death styled riffing. This isn’t the only song that does that, but it’s my favorite one that does.

There are 2 songs that I can’t really excuse because what they do is done by many other bands. It’s sad to me because at least the other songs are good and interesting enough to dismiss whatever negative aspects about them without thinking, but I just can’t let “Kyubi” and “Tidebringer” to an extent. “Kyubi” pulls so many old tricks that I won’t waste my breath on it further. I put “Tidebringer” because it does also use a few old tricks. Mainly the rhythm guitar track, the poppy synth, and the way the song progresses up to a certain point. It’s just predictable. Like I said before, the poppy synth isn’t always bad, but in “Tidebringer” it could have been toned down. Then in the one breakdown it has the “bleeegghh my heart breaks” kind of deal. I don’t hate these songs, but I would not recommend them. Especially since These Tides, Our Tombs offers much better.

On to the positive about These Tides, Our Tombs we have several songs to represent the album well. “Glass Kingdom” is one of the simpler songs, but it is done well. It has a good hook and doesn’t abuse anything, plus the vocals are excellent during the chorus. “DeadEye” is great for the synth, solo, and not as frequent breakdown structure. “Hyperion” was crafted with care and shines brightly on These Tides, Our Tombs. “Hyperion” has a really good progression in the sense that let’s you know when the end is near and ties perfectly into the following track seamlessly.

I must say These Tides, Our Tombs is decent despite some rocky parts. I definitely think they are worth checking out, at least. I don’t see myself listening to this as often as some other bands, but I don’t see myself avoiding or skipping this.

Rate: 7.4/10

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