In anticipation of their longed for album, “The Cancer Pledge”, Sweden’s death/doom mavericks OCTOBER TIDE unveil what they consider to be its most unique composition. The song “Blodfattig” – which originally appears midway through record – has made its way to all streaming platforms today, and can be embedded via Bandcamp or Spotify, below. “The Cancer Pledge” will be released on October 6th via Agonia.
Listen on Bandcamp: https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/track/blodfattig
“Blodfattig” is the second single to be released off “The Cancer Pledge” and follows “Tapestry Of Our End” – which received an eye-catching animated lyric video, available here for those who’ve missed it. Comments guitarist Fredrik Norrman (ex-Katatonia, ex-Trees Of Eternity, Thenighttimeproject) on “Blodfattig”:
“This is perhaps the most extreme song on the album. If ‘Tapestry Of Our End’ is a more traditional October Tide song, then ‘Blodfattig’ is the opposite, with some thrash inspired riffs and an intricate song structure.”
Vocalist Alexander Högbom (ex-Demonical) adds:
“Out of October Tide’s whole discography, this must be the track that stands out the most. It really is a unique song and one of my personal favorite of this album. I’m very proud of how it turned out.”
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, keen on rejuvenating OCTOBER TIDE with a touch of the past.
“It’s a direct continuation of the previous album. Less doom and more death metal, yet melodic and with more layers. I’ve searched for inspiration in records I listened to in the 80’s and 90’s when I grew up. But it still sounds like October Tide.”
1. Peaceful, Quiet, Safe
2. Tapestry of our End
3. Unprecedented Aggression
5. The Cancer Pledge
6. I know why I´m cold
7. Season of Arson
8. Breathe the Water
Formats & pre-orders: https://octobertide.store/
The sound of OCTOBER TIDE, aside from being doom intertwined melodeath, is fronted by emotionally compelling guitarwork, known to subside into melancholic and introspective tones. Even though the band has shapeshifted over the years – starting off as a duo of Katatonia fame musicians, FredrikNorrman 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 master the album, whose cover artwork was designed by Albin Högbom.
OCTOBER TIDE will hit the road on the day of album release, commencing the first part of the album-promoting tour in Germany, through Belgium, France, Czech Republic and Poland.
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
Alexander Högbom – vocals
Fredrik Norrman – guitars
Jonas Sköld – drums
Johan Jönsegård – bass
Mattias Norrman – guitars