When Tides of Man originally hit the scene last year, they made quite an uproar. Their first release, Empire Theory, was praised by critics and passed around the internet faster than most people could finish the record. The group’s progressive song layouts meshed expertly with the hard hitting riffs. Tilian Pearson’s high-pitched vocals were different but worked great with the sound and drew in fans of Coheed And Cambria and Circa Survive. Now, less than a year later, the band has put out their newest album that exceeds Empire Theory in every way.
Dreamhouse starts off with a vocal-only melody by Pearson before bursting into the first track titled, “Not My Love 2.” This song is a perfect example of how Tides has brought their music to the next level, with intense guitar-work and excellent singing. This formula carries on the whole time and creates a solid album in the otherwise shaky genre of post-hardcore.
One of the biggest changes from the last record is the increased amount of technicality. The guitars jump in at odd time signatures and are much more frantic this time around (see the beginning of “Salamanders And Worms”). Oddly enough, the band actually lost one of their guitarists earlier this year leaving them a guitar short, yet they still have made some great intricate melodies. The other instruments are able to follow along and perfectly compliment the riffs; the bass is thick and creates a nice background to play over while the drums are able to keep time while still hitting off-notes and navigating awkward time signatures.
As with Empire Theory, Tilian’s vocal work comes through as one of the strongest parts of Tides of Man’s sound. His range is enormous and is able to hit high enough notes to be compared to Anthony Green, Craig Owens, and Michael Jagmin. But not only is his voice high, it also has a completely different timbre than most vocalists. It’s airy but still has a lot of power behind it and needs to be heard rather than described. This different style stands out and works incredibly well with the music, especially when he articulates with the melody to create something off-kilter, but still cohesive.
Overall, Tides of Man has taken a gigantic stride forward with Dreamhouse. The guitars intertwine to make beautiful melodies, the vocals are top-notch, and the lyrics are excellent. The whole group melds their talents together to form one of the best albums of 2010. Everything done on Empire Theory has been done better on Dreamhouse and is not a record to be missed.