Shark Infested Daughters - These Tides Our TombsIt seems misogynistic violence is on trend in metalcore. Feed Her to the Sharks led the aquatic way with Zombies Ate My Girlfriend chomping in its wake, both exacting satisfying chugs and saccharine melodies unto the metal public in a reasonable throwback to the All That Remains or Bullet For My Valentine-dominated scene from the mid-’00s. Now Shark Infested Daughters steps up to invoke unpleasant images of ravaged women with their debut, These Tides, Our Tombs. It was with an arched eyebrow and malicious smile that I approached it: self-released metalcore? With that shitty name?! This is gonna be good…

So it was with many wails and tears that I was forced to sit down and take a slice of humble pie as the record opens with “Tidebringer,” “Glass Kingdom” and “To Those who Have Hurt.” They’re a fond look back at a bygone era of actually-quite-good metalcore, capped with catchy choruses featuring reasonable female cleans, attractive synth melodies, and touches of Gothenburg in the guitar harmonies. It’s immediately apparent that nothing significantly new or different is being undertaken and such a record will, therefore, live or die by its melodies. These beginnings mark a band capable of writing solidly and willing to incorporate some fruitiness in their liberal synths and unashamedly hooky choruses. The album closes decently too, with “Hyperion” forgoing the verse-chorus structure and instead opting for a linear progression with a heightened conclusion, and “Hitokiri” returning to the enthusiasm of the early tracks.

Shark Infested Daughters 2016

But these extremities obfuscate a drab middle which suffers a noticeable dip in quality. 35 minutes sounds a great length but the central tracks do nothing beyond what’s executed better elsewhere, bogging down any momentum initially established and rendering this theoretically quick duration slow in practice. I found myself thoroughly discouraged, wanting to skip songs or even give up. It’s as well that I can’t under my duties as a reviewer given the improvements towards the end but it will stretch the attention of the non-committed listener.

But worse than this is that These Tides, Our Tombs is quite superficial: the good tracks are instantly gratifying but spun more than a few times the sheen fades. While there are better bits, I can’t say I’ll return even in part. Now, listening for a period beyond 10 minutes merely encourages me to turn over to Feed Her to the Sharks or Parkway Drive which isn’t exactly year-end list beckoning. This is exacerbated by the dynamics, the range of which are exactly as one would predict for self-released metalcore. The crushed nature of the music simply makes it a greater chore to hear, encouraging thoughts of other, better, records.

These Tides, Our Tombs isn’t seriously offensive, nor is it even so bad. But it is uninspired, lacks depth and falls flat around its middle. Other melodic metalcore, or even Misogynistic Metalcore™, is better in every regard. Something more substantial would go a long way, as would a structure which doesn’t kill my desire to reach the album’s end. Look elsewhere for your core fetish.


Rating: 2.0/5.0
DR: 5 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps MP3
Label: Self-released
Websites: facebook.com/sharkinfesteddaughters | sharkinfesteddaughters.bandcamp.com
Releases worldwide: physically November 1st, 2016; digitally November 11th, 2016

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  • Diego Molero

    You know, it wasn’t all that bad at first, but then the clean vocals hit, and dear God they are awful. Poor sharks.

  • Zach Ward

    I like that trademark next to Misogynistic Metalcore.

    • Danny

      I love metalcore (I know, shame on me), but its sooooo true. Most bands grow out of it at some point but its still a way bigger trend than it should be.

  • Danny

    Wow, local kids! I recognize that bridge. I should check this out just for that.

    • Colin Stuart

      Cool to see the Millennium Bridge make an appearance! Was hoping for better out of Calgary, can’t really get into this.

      • Danny

        You should check out my band! We’re pop-punk with lots of influence from All Time Lo…… actually, somehow I don’t think you should check out my band. Nor should anyone here, really. Terrible band. Forget I said anything.

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Melodic metalcore. Ugh.

  • Huck N’ Roll

    Not many bands from my hometown get reviews, probably because not many are good enough to put out a legit record. Local metal is like my brother’s girlfriends: I just smile and say nothing.

    • Diego Molero

      But are there any really good bands worth the time to check them out?

  • Scourge

    “WHY. CAN’T. YOU. RELALIIIZE…!!!!!!” Ugh, I hate lyric videos.

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    Metalcore. Strike one.
    Synths and female vocals. Strike two.
    Band picture. Strike three.
    OUT!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    By the way, is there really misogynistic about this band? You don’t mention the lyrics and there’s a girl in the band. And by the life of me I can’t fathom what could possibly “Shark Infested Daughters” refer to. I could understand shark infested waters, but daughters? Makes no sense to me.

    • Innit Bartender

      Brings to my mind something like a fisherman’s daughters living in front of a shore infested by sharks and therefore they can never go swimming, poor dears… Or maybe the sharks make their way into their dreams… There, here’s a concept album right there…

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        I thought of pregnant women with sharks swimming inside their uterus…

        • Innit Bartender

          That’s because you’re more in Cannibal Corpse territory, I’m more of a doom-Lovecraft metal kinda guy…

          • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

            I was thinking more Animal Planet than Cannibal Corpse…

    • El_Cuervo

      I very much doubt they’re really misogynistic. But these bands names are always about female violence. Feed Her to the Sharks, Zombies Ate my Girlfriend, Bullet for my Valentine, etc.

      • Reese Burns

        There’s a band literally called “Shoot the Girl First”. I shit you not. They’re just as shitty as you’d think.

        • Zach Ward

          Are they metalcore??? Cause if they weren’t I’d be shocked.

          • Reese Burns

            Oh they absolutely are

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Killwhitneydead…

      • sir_c

        it just their weird excuse for not having a girlfriend. She was eaten by a zombie.

  • I like the band name though. >_>

    • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

      I can’t figure out what it means!

  • Mark Z

    Judging from the band name I figured there was no way I couldn’t like this. I was so, so wrong.

  • sir_c

    I’d suggest they rename themselves to Kill Her With Fire, with “Her” actually referring to “It”.