Aussie rockers Arcane Saints certainly don’t muck around with their debut album Turning The Tide. There is no splashing around in the shallow end at all instead these guys deliver an album of mixed moods that is guaranteed for commercial success and has an air of being labelled a classic around it.
Recorded in Nashville using Layne Stayley’s microphone and helmed by Grammy Award winning producer Toby Wright Turning The Tide is an album that offers a little bit of everything for rock music fans.
Turning The Tide mixes its pace up at a whim a very folky-Lestat-would-be-proud opening gives way until the point Jealousy becomes a fairly decent hard rock track while the smoothness of Hard To Please, Your Ocean and Forever Now make them the perfect target for ‘rock radio’ which should ensure Arcane Saints quickly attract a listenership. Arcane Saints even go from the slower thought provoking I’ll Be Around through to the immensely harder Hysteria. Even catchy tracks like Wrecking Ball never become too clichéd.
There is a really strong sense of musicianship with Arcane Saints from the strong riffs of Michael Gooding to the main different vocal stylings of Michael John this is a band that obviously know their craft.
Rock purists take note Turning The Tide features a guest appearance by Lynard Skynyrd’s Peter Keays, while fans of good rock music prepare yourself for one of the finest debut albums you are ever likely to hear. There is nothing fake here, just a band with pure rock talent.