Swedish death-doomsters October Tide released their seventh studio album “The Cancer Pledge” on October 6 via Agonia Records. The band also unveiled an animated lyric video for the LP’s title song. Watch the clip below.
Recent output has seen October Tide tone down on the doom particle, and throw the listener in a colder embrace of a melodic death metal rainstorm. This trend remains consistent on “The Cancer Pledge”, and overlaps with the direction spearheaded by guitarist Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia, ex-Trees Of Eternity, Thenighttimeproject), keen on rejuvenating October Tide with a touch of the past.
“It’s a direct continuation of the previous album,” states Norrman. “Less doom and more death metal, yet melodic and with more layers. I’ve searched for inspiration in records I listened to in the 80s and 90s when I grew up. But it still sounds like October Tide.“
The sound of the band, aside from being doom-intertwined melodeath, is fronted by emotionally compelling guitarwork, known to subside into melancholic and introspective tones. Even though the group has shapeshifted over the years – starting off as a duo of Katatonia fame musicians, Fredrik Norrman and Jonas Renske, back in 1994 – it has retained and evolved its trademark formula.
The present-day line-up, intact since 2016, features said guitarist & founder Fredrik Norrman, second guitarist & Fredrik’s brother Mattias Norrman (ex-Katatonia), vocalist Alexander Högbom (ex-Demonical), bassist Johan Jönsegård (Letters From The Colony) and drummer Jonas Sköld (Letters From The Colony / Thenighttimeproject).
“The Cancer Pledge” was recorded and produced in 2023 by October Tide and Karl Daniel Lidén (Bloodbath, Katatonia). The latter mixed and mastered the album, whose cover artwork was designed by Albin Högbom. Buy the album here: https://octobertide.store/
01- Peaceful, Quiet, Safe
02-Tapestry of our End
05-The Cancer Pledge
06-I know why I´m cold
07-Season of Arson
08-Breathe the Water
October Tide – “Cancer Pledge Europa tour – part I”
06.10 DE Berlin – ORWO Haus
07.10 DE Bitterfeld – Festung
08.10 BE Antwerp – Kavka
09.10 FR Paris – Le Klub
10.10 DE Essen – Don’t Panic
11.10 DE Hamburg – Logo
12.10 DE Osnabrück – Bastard Club
13.10 CZ Suchdol nad Lužnicí – House of Culture
14.10 PL Jarocin – Black Waves Festival