In Depths & Tides - Shroud
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In Depths & Tides is a band I only know of for the discovery of Connecticut's very own Ben Duerr (Shadow of Intent), and the heavy brutality that any track regardless of band he’s on brings to the table. When I had first heard of Ben’s other band named Shadow of Intent, it was through the guitarist Chris Wiseman (Currents) around the time that their debut full length titled Primordial was being hyped up, I then discovered Duerr was in another band with the name In Depths & Tides. I followed the band slowly watching them perform live at the Within The Ruins and Currents gig in February at The Webster Underground and seeing the filth they produce first hand. Shortly after that show the band had posted on their Facebook page that they were going to be releasing a new short EP this summer so I patiently waited, I originally tried to hold off on the second single which happens to be the title track “Shroud” but I caved in and listened.
August 12th came around and with that came the release of Shroud in its entirety. I was in the midst of unpacking a house and moving into a new room but I made sure my computer was up and running to purchase the record from their bandcamp. “Vacuous” was the first single they released which originally provided a gander of a different more djent-y deathcore then Duerr’s followers from Shadow of Intent were used to but the guitarists Matthew Connolly and Brandon Osborn’s absolute wreckage on this track was the standout when paired together with Jake Frazier’s killer drumlines. “Vacuous” is the more than perfect intro track for this EP, throwing together what you should expect throughout the next four tracks that proceed in an absolutely crushing manner afterwards. “Shroud” was the second single the band put out with an epicly shot music video in the background on YouTube not too long ago. The creepy, dark-esque figure in the background of a solid portion of the video really worked well with the inhumane low styled gutturals Duerr provides along with the killing cymbal and bass work that Frazier gave for the entirety of the track.
Diving into the new tracks “Ishimura” feels almost undoubtedly like a full on war zone and that’s not even just the breakdown. It feels a little more slower and mellowed down then the other tracks and a little more chug-y which in some instances is a good thing, this being one of those times. None of these tracks provide anything then complete and utter destruction of both your anus and your surroundings. “Ishimura” marks easily the most recognizable track of the ep with Duerr’s almost 30 second long gutturals and the breakdown proceeding after, I can almost guarantee at least one crowd related moshing injury during this song if they perform it live. Where do I even begin with the track “Urine.” It feels as if a train collided head on with a baby and you saw the absolute mess and wreckage afterwards, if that scenario needed a soundtrack “Urine” would be the go to track for that event. Providing killer bass lines from Zack Chevrier-Ferreira throughout, which a good bass track will never go unappreciated any day as it is rare to find one in good form.
“Ruvik” is the perfect closer, although it almost leaves crawling and digging at your forearms like some sort of crack junkie for more music from In Depths & Tides. Regardless, no matter what the reason is if you’re still sleeping on this band, now is the time to start waking up. Download this EP, and jam it constantly these guys deserve more than your support after the hard work they put into recording this record. I will be having “Urine” included in that loop that was up until now just most of Infant Annihilator’s most recent work to add some more variety to the playlist.
- Dakota G.