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DeadSet Records 12/05


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Emerging Australian hard rock outfit The Dreadful Tides newest single N.I.B. is a throwback to the yesteryear with an approach delivered with an understanding of what makes a classic track last the test of time.

At 3 minutes and 53 seconds, almost half the length of the original, N.I.B starts off slow and fills the air with humming vocals provided by vocalist Holden Stirling, begging the question, where have I heard this before?

As the lyrics flow in, the long-time fans will be the first to buckle up for the ride. Then BANG! that classic guitar riff driven by guitarist Justin ‘Strudy’ Strudwick. Supported by a thunderous rhythm section with Leland ‘Lee-boy’ Hallett on drums and Darius ‘D-man’ Kooth on bass, as hard hitting as the original, bought 52 years into the future.

N.I.B throughout is a modern hard rock twist delivered with professionalism that shows the calibre of musicianship usually displayed by seasoned groups.

As N.I.B. takes a heavy dive into a lead break, this is where Strudy shines. An intelligent fusion keeping the essence of the original but a climax with such power that this version of N.I.B takes off into a place of its own before settling to a smooth vocal outro.

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