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The young and enthusiastic musicians in the Swedish Summoned Tide have released their sequel to 'If We Fall We Will Rise' from last year and the target is obvious. They aim to be able to play and tour as full time musicians and this second album is a hard step to take, because now we have something to compare it with. How is it compared to the debut album, then?
This album is called 'The Bringer of the Tide'. They are reputable and has evolved into little more of to a heavier sound and perhaps I can say a tiny bit into the melancholic metal direction. Richard Thelin is the strong leader and it's his voice that puts the mark on sound of the band. The little glossy and pristine tone from last album is less clear and it got a little touch of a ...more mature sound on 'TBOTT'. I find them interesting and believe that this is another step in the right direction for them. The elegant melodic lines, slick guitars and the powerful rhythm section creates a steady foundation to stand on.
The influences from Maiden, Dream Theater and Opeth are there and for me personally the progressive songs present the best parts from 'The Bringer of the Tide'. The technical level is higher and the vocals has also become more diverse in the nuances. Though the pace is slightly slower than earlier, which is that a big improvement, because it gives them wider choices at their live performances and in my world a darker and heavier sound.
Another small stroke of the oars out on the great oceans from 'Summoned Tide'.