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2.63 | 25 ratings | 2 reviews | 16% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Shall We? (6:25)
2. Sleepmonster (4:59)
3. Higgs Boson (6:12)
4. Svalbard (1:38)
5. Tragedy of Joseph Merrick (5:37)
6. Purr (4:19)
7. It Takes More Than One Kind of Telescope to See the Light (3:40)
8. When There Were No Connections (5:47)
9. Apricot (8:16)

Total Time 46:53

Line-up / Musicians

- Adam Waleszyński / guitar
- Maciej Karbowski / guitar, keyboards
- Przemek Węgłowski / bass
- Tomasz Stołowski / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Helder Pedro

CD Lou & Rocked Boys ‎- LOU 064 CD (2009, Poland)
CD Lou & Rocked Boys ‎- LOU 064 CD (2012, Poland) Remastered by Szymon Czech

LP Lou & Rocked Boys ‎- LOU 64B LP (2014, Poland)

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TIDES FROM NEBULA Aura ratings distribution

(25 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(44%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)


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Review by Epignosis
1 stars Tides from Nebula is a Polish instrumental post rock band, using their guitars to paint music in broad strokes. While this crew is far from talentless, the compositions themselves are downright amateurish, from recycled vi-V-IV chord progressions to lengthy blitzes of distorted guitar. Everything about this album, frankly, is riddled with cliché. Were Scott Stapp along for the ride, this could really be popular rock band only slightly more complex than Creed.

"Shall We?" Lengthy feedback-like notes set the tone for this piece, as more conventional semi-clean electric guitar, easy drums, and generic bass enter. This is very much a traditional hard rock track with a steady build, by which I mean that this piece sounds very similar to the likes of Creed or Fuel, but takes quite some time in developing the arrangement through layers of guitars.

"Sleepmonster" Dull and heavy, there's some light parts, but mostly the second, five-minute piece is a nondescript wall of rhythm guitar-based rock.

"Higgs Boson" This track begins on the lighter side, with bright guitar, but then quickly flees back to the heavy wash of distortion. Fortunately, the band doesn't stay there long, and intelligently brings back the gentler segment, which, if I didn't know better, I would have confidently said I was listening to modern-day Porcupine Tree. To my surprise, the band takes things in an even more minimalistic fashion, before bringing on the crashing guitars once more.

"Svalbard" Ultimately a throwaway track, this is just a noise-ridden interlude of some manner.

"Tragedy Of Joseph Merrick" The bass is outstanding on this very interesting track, which involves a carefully woven tapestry of multiple (and slightly out of tune) clean guitars of mildly varying effects. Instead of merely creating a barrage of noisy distortion, the band shows more technical prowess in firing off a volley of static runs.

"Purr" After a somewhat high-pitched and noisy introduction, the band plays a very pleasing yet completely formulaic chord progression, during which they sound just like Lifehouse (I could even hear Jason Wade singing in my head). There's a bombardment of distortion later, although the chord progression changes up just a bit. Toward the end, there's a high-pitched, screeching noise that is just unimaginably irritating.

"It Takes More Than One Kind Of Telescope To See The Light" The opening to this track follows the same formulaic chord progression from the previous track. The beginning sounds like "Pardon Me" by Incubus (just add turntables!), and then there's the obligatory onslaught of guitars.

"When There Were No Connections" There are some exceptional but short riffs, but at this point, it's all more of the same- heavy drudgery, nothing remarkable. The "lead" guitar consists of one note per every four measures (or just one note for sixteen bars the second time around), which doesn't make for very interesting listening.

"Apricot" Even if the band is trapped in the same chord progression, they inject some desperately needed variety in terms of textures and sound, particularly thanks to the bassist. At five and a quarter minutes, the music completely stops for the added cliché of moments of silence before a "hidden" track, which consists of one minute of a distorted electric piano riff. That, I call pointless.

Review by Prog-jester
3 stars I won't say I'm excited by TIDES FROM NEBULA debut, but Epignosis' review a bit too negative, I think. On the other hand, this is what popular trends in the genre do with those who aren't genre's devotees ;)

TIDES FROM NEBULA, as almost any Post-Rock band nowadays, plays heavy guitar-driven Post-Rock with obvious TOOL and PELICAN influences. Now, when 90% of those who was reading this review walked away, I can continue, he-he. There's not much to say about TFN debut really, they perfectly fit in the pigeonhole I've served for them one sentence before, but this is when a taste matter comes out of shadow. I mean I didn't much like what IREPRESS did on their last effort (for example), but I liked TIDES FROM NEBULA's tracks, hence 2 stars I usually give for such material turn into 3, maybe even 3 and a half. The Rule of Checking The MySpace First must work for any Post-Rock band nowadays, and TFN aren't an exception. Decide for yourself then!

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