Good Tiger’s sophomore release is unfortunately, just good

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Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Good Tiger’s sophomore release is unfortunately, just good by Livia Homerski

★★★☆☆☆

Good Tiger’s sophomore album “We Will All Be Gone” was released on Feb. 9 to Metal Blade Records and unfortunately did not live up to expectations set by their first release “A Heart full of Moonlight. This is especially disappointing considering the band’s “supergroup” title with members from Tesseract, The Contortionist and The Safety Fire.

The opening track, “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking” eases the listener into the album through the echoing “there’s something in the water” intro. The song is very Fall of Troy-esque through the rocky melodies, but the vocals still remain furiously smooth.

Although the music of “Float On” definitely matches the title thanks to the floaty and ambient vocals and hi-hat accents that contrast against the chugging rhythm guitars. However, the chorus is too simplistic to have been repeated as much as it is, causing the track to become tired.

The vocals are performed in a way that don’t come across as whiny but doesn’t quite have the dynamic elasticity as Matt Bellamy of Muse, although his intonation is awfully similar. Metal does not often utilize harmonies, on songs such as “Just Shy,” there’s a very high harmony reminiscent of work done by Tilian Pearson, vocalist for Dance Gavin Dance, who Good Tiger toured with in 2016.

“Nineteen Grams” starts out not sounding like the rest of the album, but descends into familiarity within the chorus. The Bossa Nova-influenced bridge with clean guitar tinged with reverb, bass and drums highlights this track and makes it one of the more unique parts of the album.

The designated soft song of the album, “Cherry Lemon” is bittersweet as the clean guitar on “Nineteen Grams” returns with tart sensitivity. The drums tap in before returning fully and chaotically drive the song in a very jazz-fashion. Although this track is more of an interlude, it stands out in comparison to the homogenized heaviness of “We Will All Be Gone.” The end fades out by turning up the gain on all the instruments, a welcome contrast from the brightness in the beginning. However, the static does not continue into the next song, so it almost feels like a wasted chance for a blended transition between songs.

“I’ll Finish This Book Later” is the final track, and one that is the most lyrically visceral due to lines like “Dive into the land of papercuts and ink stained cufflinks / These words open doors.” The guitars and drums come stomping in, leading the album to a final march. A cinematic ending suits the title of the album as quiet, low vocals wrap up the song.

The drums are definitely the defining instrument of Good Tiger. They drive the music while the guitars mostly just guide the song rhythmically, especially on tracks “Salt of the Earth” and “Such a Kind Stranger.” However, almost every song begins in the same way: apprehensive guitar and then drums lead the song into fruition or vice versa, which does not offer much distinction.

The second half of Good Tiger’s sophomore release is much more dynamic than the first, but for a “supergroup,” not much sets this album apart from other alternative metal releases.

Standout Tracks: “The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking,” “Cherry Lemon” & “Nineteen Grams.”

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Livia Homerski can be reached at musics.spectator@gmail.com.

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