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   MERCURY TIDE
Why?
2003
Century Media
http://www.mercury-tide.com


rating: 3/5

1. Why?
2. This Never Ending Dreaming
3. Lost And Torn
4. Souls Of The Ocean
5. Back To Reality
6. Save This World
7. Set Me Free
8. Confusion
9. Another One
10. My Dear Enemies
11. Alone

I put on the disc, I heard a piano intro and as soon as the drums and guitars set in I was tempted to shout "Angel Dust"! But founder of Mercury Tide, Dirk Thurisch, had announced the music of his new band as a mix of "rock, metal, grunge, gothic and even pop", so I was sort of warned. Then after the first complete spin it became clear that Mercury Tide do have similarities to Angel Dust but that the bands cannot really be compared. Still, considering that also former Angel Dust guitarist Bernd Auferman played a few guitars on "Why?", it's not surprising that some parallels are definitely there (most obvious during the first two tracks that also happen to be some of my favourites).

One of these parallels definitely being Dirk's vocals which are pretty unique and will always remind me of Angel Dust. Generally Mercury Tide isn't that much of a metal band though. The main focus is on (alternative) heavy rock or whatever you want to call it. A lot of keyboards are in use, soloing of guitars is kept down to a minimum and especially the choruses are very much mainstream and catchy. The songs have a dark atmosphere to them, sometimes even a feel of gothic. Changes between calmer, slower parts and heavier guitar attacks can basically be found on each track.
The album's opening triple resembles Angel Dust, but "Back To Reality" is something completely different, modern, pounding rock with a not-so-nice vocal effect, "Save This World" is a ballad with mainly acoustic guitars and keys, "Confusion" isn't really a song at all but some sound effects with Dirk talking, "Another One" is EBM-influenced and could be the next little hit to dance to in your local club while the closing track starts off with acoustic guitars and a soft verse before it's getting heavier for the chorus - and sometimes a bit confusing in the song structure.

There are jewels on "Why?" but some of the songs are quite indifferent unfortunately. It's a nice record you can sing along to after the first few listens and I'm curious to see them perform live. But this type of music isn't too much my thing and Mercury Tide didn't teach me otherwise. And honestly, if it wasn't for Dirk's vocals I would have already stopped listening to it I believe.

submitted by Cora 07.09.2003

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