Iodine Sky - Tides

Iodine Sky - Tides

Alt metal act reach for the skies with new long player

Words: Phil Weller

Despite only forming in 2013, Iodine Sky are, on new album Tides, parading the seismic possibilities their music has the potential to create for a band still theoretically in its adolescence. A polished and accomplished record, its sound hinging heavily on the soaring, anthemic qualities of Alter Bridge and company, the band have crafted songs with arenas in mind. Whether aiming for the sky with stratospheric vocal melodies that twist and wrestle with expressive lead guitar (Broken Cross) or going for the jugular with monstrous alt metal (So Far Away), the band has the ability to sound like world beaters upon first listen. Each and every song here is massive.

Instantly accessible, you feel this is a record that has the ability to envelop a large demographic of metal fans, each chorus solid and infectious, dragging you along like a strong and relentless current. Yet, for all their radio friendly elements they never feel diluted. Down On Me sounds like an unused cut from Blackbird era Alter Bridge and the chunky grooves of Eyes Wide Open are reminiscent of in form Shinedown. A fine balance has been struck here between irresistible hooks and a venomous metallic clangour. This isn’t a pop band pretending to be metal; this is a metal band which, thanks to their all inclusive melodiousness, has the ability to reach the same lofty heights pessimistic metalheads feel is reserved only for pop artists these days.  

Words: Phil Weller

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