October Tide - Rain Without End

8.7 | 181 votes |
Release date: 1997
Style: Death doom metal


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01. 12 Days Of Rain
02. Ephemeral
03. All Painted Cold
04. Sightless
05. Losing Tomorrow
06. Blue Gallery
07. Infinite Submission

Top 20 albums of 1997: 11

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Sleep In Sorrow
Damn, I was surprised to see that nobody has reviewed this album yet... it's surprising considering it's almost 10 years old (actually, it is 10 years old, it was recorded in 95, just not released until 97... but that's not the point), so, well, here I go...

As you may know, October Tide was the side project of Katatonia's vocalist Jonas Renske and guitarist and (at the time) bassist Fredrik Norrman, as well as session musicians (for the violin and keys) and well, Jonas said the reason for which he decided to dissolve this side project was that too many good ideas were being used in this band that would be best used in their main band... and it shows. What we have here is 39 minutes of pure early-Katatonia-like sorrow. At times it kinda reminds me of their demo era, at times of Dance of December Souls, at times of Brave Murder Day... but it's still different from all of these releases. The guitar riffs are beautiful and memorable, heavy at times, melodically soaring at others, all the time with a melancholic feel to them, but still keeping an almost upbeat sound (see the beginning of "All Painted Cold"). There's also the use of acoustic guitars, as well as tempo and structure changes (needless to say, but the songs don't follow a verse chorus verse structure). Oh, yes, and there's the use of a violin and some keyboards (very little, though, don't run away, keyboard haters) too, which adds up to the atmosphere very nicely. Another thing that is pretty amazing are Jonas vocals here... they sound nothing like in Katatonia (even in their demo/debut era). Instead of screaming his lungs out, he uses a low, raspy, pain-ridden ghoul-like growl (though there are a few screams thrown here and there, of course) and they sound awesome.

published 16.10.2005 | Comments (5)

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19.08.2010 - 17:23
Rating: 9
Metal slave
Prolly the best doom/death recording ....... get the remaster
28.03.2015 - 12:56
Rating: 10
Best doom metal album of all time!
18.06.2016 - 22:10
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
One of the best death/doom albums of the 90's (and all time I suppose). Surprised how much I revisit this

get that bag
06.06.2017 - 23:42
Rating: 9
I have found out about this album only recently ( how is this even possible...!?).
I have never paid much attention to these guys because I was only aware of their later stuff, which I find pretty dull.
But this album certainly stands out. Feels like a death doom classic right away.
How beautiful the closer draws the circle back to the opener. I am overwhelmed.
Highlights: 12 days of rain, ephemeral, and sightless

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