"The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole" (Solid State; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

The press release for this disc pretty much sums it up: "We're not doing this to win the scene, to have the tightest jeans or the swoopiest haircuts. We're doing this for us." So says former Haste the Day frontman Jimmy Ryan, whose new unit Trenches have cleverly discovered the middle ground between Isis, Tool and Mastodon on their debut release, "The Tide Will Swallow Us Whole."

Shaping its powerful post-metal disposition with dollops of sludge metal into glistening instrumental interludes with tumultuous shifts in tempo and emotion ("Bittersweet"), this band masterfully melds modern metal's avant garde elements together ("Call It a Day"), forming a trajectory of dynamic metal which conveys a forward-thinking yet focused mindset that fans of Zao, Deftones, and Cult of Luna will have no problem embracing.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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