Come and Take It Productions presents
BLACK TIDE plus special guests...
Threat Signal, Hatchet, Killing In Apathy, Fear Control, Myra Maybelle
505 E. 6th Street
Austin, TX, 78701
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM
This event is 16 and over
Black Tide come out of the gate with all guns blazing. Their Interscope Records debut, Light from Above, is a loaded salvo of fret-burning, hyper-charged riffs. The Florida quartet churns out fist-pumping, fast-paced metallic anthems with no remorse. Their sound channels the forefathers of heavy metal, but with a dose of 21st century attitude.
Cuts like "Shockwave," "Warriors of Time" and "Show Me The Way" pack enough explosive energy to ignite any crowd.
Vocalist and guitarist Gabriel started singing and playing guitar at eight-years-old, and he knew that's what he was meant to do the second he donned an axe. "When I started playing, I was like, 'This is what I have to do.' I don't want to be a fucking lawyer or some shit like that. I told my family I wanted to play heavy metal. My parents have supported my decision the whole time. Anyone else would've been like, 'Shut up! Go to school!'"
Gabriel's intense immersion into music has paid off. He formed Black Tide with his brother & original drummer Raul N. Garcia in 2003. Drummer Steven Spence would join their ranks in 2006, and after an incendiary performance at that year's Florida Music Festival, Interscope signed the band. Black Tide recorded their debut, Light from Above, at Groovemaster Studios, with Johnny K (Disturbed, Machine Head, Soil) in 2007. As soon as it was finished, the four lads hit the road on OZZfest 2007's main stage alongside Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb of God and Static-X. Immediately, they began to build a buzz because of their no-holds barred approach to infectious, arena-ready heavy metal.
Leading up to Light from Above's March 18, 2008 release, the band toured with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for My Valentine and All that Remains. Garnering instant acclaim, Light From Above sent a "shockwave" of its own through the scene. Rolling Stone named Black Tide one of the "Best Rookies of 2008" and "Metal's New Teen Titans," Spin tapped them as one of the "Next Big Things," while Revolver featured them as a "Band To Watch" and included them on the cover of the August 2008 Mayhem issue, and Kerrang! proclaimed them "Best International Newcomer." The band followed its release with an appearance on the inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival alongside Slipknot and Disturbed as well as playing the main stage of Download 2008.
After Download, Alex and the band amicably parted ways. Black Tide added guitarist Austin Diaz to the fold, and he's been the perfect fret foil for Gabriel. "Austin is awesome. He learned all of our songs in two days, before the first date of Mayhem. We played the show, and he killed it," Gabriel says.
In the end, Black Tide are ready for anything. Gabriel's excited for what the future holds. "The band is so united now. We've never been together like this before. Black Tide's stronger than ever." That strength will only lead to bigger and better things.
THREAT SIGNAL arose from the filthy, industrialized east end of Hamilton, ON Canada in late 2003. A detuned, syncopated, melodic metal machine, THREAT SIGNAL combines the complexity of Bay Area and European thrash, with a more contemporary groove metal sound involving technical rhythms, and musical passages.
Before the band had played a single live show, their home recordings generated significant interest online. The song "Rational Eyes" hit #1 on the international independent music website GarageBand.com and to this day remains in the top 5. This prompted many record labels to take notice, one label in particular fit perfectly with the band's vision, and in 2005 THREAT SIGNAL inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records.
THREAT SIGNAL's debut album "Under Reprisal" was recorded with producer Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory / Arkaea). "It's without a doubt my favorite album of 2006," Wolbers remarks. "A mix of Strapping Young Lad, Fear Factory, Soilwork… a true Canadian phenomenon!" Veteran mixer Tue Madsen added the final touches to the album and it was released internationally in August 2006. Embraced by fans and critics, although perhaps the most meaningful praise for the album came in the form of the Canadian Recording of the Year award bestowed upon the band in their hometown at the 2006 Hamilton Music Awards.
After supporting "Under Reprisal" on the road for over 2 years, THREAT SIGNAL entered the studio in November 2008. They recorded their second album "Vigilance" with the band's singer Jon Howard taking over production duties. "Vigilance takes every element from Under Reprisal and pushes it to the next level," explains Howard. "I'm completely ecstatic how far the band has progressed, and I couldn't be more proud of the new record." Fellow Canadian Greg Reely was chosen to mix and master the album, and it was released through Nuclear Blast Records on September 8th 2009, Now Available in stores and online everywhere.