Sweden's masters of melodic, doomish death metal, OCTOBER TIDE, will release their seventh studio album, "The Cancer Pledge", on October 6th via Agonia Records. The album will arrive four years after its predecessor, "In Splendor Below".
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 (ex-Katatonia, ex-Trees of Eternity), keen on rejuvenating OCTOBER TIDE with a touch of the past.
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, Fredrik Norrman 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 mastered the album, whose cover artwork was designed by Albin Högbom.