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Review: Aftermath - Tides of Sorrow
Tides of Sorrow

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 36:19
Tracks: 9
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: June 18, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Tides of Sorrow

Rated 3.57/5 (71.43%) (7 Votes)

Aftermath is another band whose existence is greatly facilitated by the Internet. The majority of the band, including founding members Timo Hautamaki (keyboards) and Tobias Rhodin (guitar), is from Sweden, while lead singer Melissa McDonell is from the United States. Their first full-length, Tides of Sorrow, is a Symphonic Metal effort very much in the Anette Olzon-era Nightwish style. In fact, McDonell, according to the Aftermath's website, auditioned for Nightwish after Tarja Turunen left in 2005. Honestly, they could have done a lot worse than pick McDonell. She has an excellent voice (she sounds quite a bit like Olzon) that is perfectly suited for the Symphonic Metal style.

As for Tides of Sorrow it sounds a LOT like Dark Passion Play. But what the band lack in originality, they more than make up for in musical ability. It always amazes me how accomplished a bunch of twenty-somethings can sound. The album is pitch perfect and very well executed with a shiny, high-gloss production. Songs like "Broken Wings," "Dark Lady Anthem," and "White Swan" are equally heavy and catchy with the guitars and keyboards playing off each other very effectively. And just to prove they aren't simply Nightwish clones, keyboardist Hautamaki throws in some blackened growls on "9:2" and "White Swan." The title track is a bit slower in pace but has the most memorable chorus on the entire album.

If Aftermath can get away from the Nightwish comparisons, they have the potential to be big, especially with McDonell's wonderful voice out in front. If you like Symphonic Metal with female vocals, you will enjoy Tides of Sorrow. And if you've never checked out this style, the band has made the album available for download on their website in the files section, so what have you got to lose?

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