Black Tide performing live at the Reading Festival 2008
|Also known as||Radio (2004–2007)|
|Origin||Miami, Florida, US|
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore, speed metal (Early)|
|Labels||InnerCat Music Group|
|Past members||Raul Garcia
Black Tide is an American heavy metal band from Miami, Florida. Formed in 2004, the group is currently independently signed to InnerCat Music Group (a boutique label from Miami, FL) and is composed of Gabriel Garcia (lead vocals and guitar), Austin Diaz (guitar and vocals), Tim D'Onofrio (drums) and Ronny Gutierrez (Bass Guitar). They released their debut album, Light from Above, on March 18, 2008, through Interscope Records when Garcia was 15 years old. Their second album, Post Mortem, was released on August 23, 2011. Black Tide's latest EP Bite the Bullet was released on November 12, 2013 through InnerCat Music Group.
- 1 History
- 2 Music Style
- 3 Influences
- 4 In other media
- 5 Band members
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Formation and signing to Interscope Records (2004–2007)
Black Tide was founded in Miami, Florida in 2004 under the name "Radio" by guitarist Gabriel Garcia and his older brother Raul Garcia. Raul recruited second guitarist Alex Nuñez, then later bassist Zachary Sandler. At the time, Gabriel Garcia was 11 years old and Nuñez was just 13 years old. Garcia, Nuñez, and Sandler recruited drummer Steven Spence, after Raul's departure from the group. This completed the band's lineup. The band started playing local shows, eventually gaining the attention of record labels due to the members' young age and talent. Winder Marin, the former drummer was dropped and a replacement was brought in to keep the young image of the band. In 2005, Black Tide signed a demo deal with Atlantic Records  as Radio. The deal lasted for only a year, before the band was spotted by a record executive for EMI, who notified Interscope Records of the band. By mid-2007, now named Black Tide, they were signed to Interscope.
Light from Above (2007–2009)
The band started touring and gained a position on the second stage of Ozzfest, but were removed from the tour because the stage was sponsored by Jägermeister and all of the members of Black Tide were under the legal drinking age. Although the band was no longer appearing on the second stage, Black Tide was able to be the opening act on the main stage in some areas, opening for Lordi, Static-X, Lamb of God, and Ozzy Osbourne. After Ozzfest, the band toured with Avenged Sevenfold and All That Remains. They are well known partly due to their age.
In early 2007, half a year before playing Ozzfest, Black Tide entered the studio in Chicago, Illinois with producer Johnny K. The band recorded 12 new tracks which included a cover of Metallica's first written song, "Hit the Lights", which originally appeared on Kill 'Em All. The resulting album, Light from Above, was released on March 18, 2008. The album was critically praised, with Dan Epstein of Revolver Magazine saying "Listening to the debut album from Miami's Black Tide is a little like stumbling across a cool late-80s metal record you'd completely forgotten about. A very promising debut" and Scott Alisoglu of Blabbermouth.net stating the album contains "Big, sometimes pop-based, melodies meets crunchy, guitar-driven metal that falls somewhere between thrash/traditional metal and the dirtier end of '80s glam/hair metal." Light from Above debuted at number 73 on the Billboard 200, with 11,400 copies sold in its first week of sales. Black Tide has also won the Kerrang! Award for Best Newcomer.
On March 27, 2008, the band performed on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on the ABC television network in the United States and Citytv in Canada. In the summer of 2008, shortly before the Mayhem Festival guitarist Alex Nuñez left the band and was replaced by Austin Diaz. Austin "Panix" Diaz subsequently left his former hardcore/d-beat band The Panix for Black Tide. In an odd turn of events Alex Nuñez joined The Panix and is currently an active member. The band proceeded to tour on the Mayhem Festival, playing all around the U.S. The band opened for Bullet For My Valentine on their European tour in November 2008, alongside Lacuna Coil and Bleeding Through. Black Tide also supported Bullet for My Valentine on their US tour in September. The band toured on the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour with Mindless Self Indulgence, Dir en grey, Bring Me the Horizon and In Case of Fire. They have started performing "Prowler," an Iron Maiden cover, on this tour, which was formally recorded for Kerrang! Magazine's Iron Maiden Tribute CD, Maiden Heaven.
The band debuted on British television on January 17, 2009, on the BBC show SOUND before supporting Escape the Fate on their 2009 This War Is Ours Tour in February–March 2009. Other supporting acts included Attack Attack!, William Control, and Burn Halo. The band then supported Trivium between May 6, 2009–May 19, 2009 on the Japanese and Australian legs of Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour. This followed a stint playing at the Warped Tour 2009, where the band started performing a new song entitled "Redefine".
Post Mortem (2010–2012)
In February 2010, it was confirmed that Black Tide was in the process of writing songs for their second album. In the May/June 2010 issue of Revolver magazine, it was confirmed that Black Tide has entered the studio with the intention of finishing recording by the end of June for a fall release. On the band's Facebook profile, Zakk filmed many different 1-minute videos from the studio about the work in the studio.
On September 17, 2010, the first single from the upcoming album, "Bury Me," was released. The CD single also included a B-side entitled "Honest Eyes" (which was later released as a single on its own). Following the release of the single, the band announced that the new album has a tentative release date of February 2011, through Interscope Records, and that it would be self-titled.
The band was the confirmed opening act for Iron Maiden on two shows in Florida. It was also announced that they will perform at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK on Sunday July 10, 2011. On April 29, 2011, Black Tide has announced in an interview at the Golden Gods awards that the name of their second album is Post Mortem. They also confirmed that the new album has been delayed until summer 2011. The video for the next single was shot in May 2011. On May 17, the band made the announcement that the new album 'Post Mortem' would be released on August 23. The band was confirmed to perform at the 2011 Uproar Festival which featured dates in the USA and Canada. The tour started on August 26, 2011 and ended on October 15, 2011. They performed San Diego Comic-Con International on July 2011. On August 10 the band released an acoustic version of the song "Let it Out" on the Revolver Magazine website. The album leaked on the internet August 17, 2011 and released later on August 23 selling 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at a positioned number 73 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The band was part of the Uproar Festival along with bands Sevendust, Escape the Fate, Bullet For My Valentine, Seether, Three Days Grace, and Avenged Sevenfold. During the final two weeks of Uproar, bassist Zakk Sandler filled in for touring mates Escape the Fate while their bassist Max Green left to take care of a DUI but failed to return.
On October 8 the band released a digital EP titled the "Al Cielo EP", which is Spanish for "To the Sky EP". It featured Spanish re-recordings of songs "That Fire", "Let It Out" and "Into the Sky" with alternative names. They were to perform five dates in Australia as a part of the Soundwave Festival in February and March 2012 but canceled the tour for undisclosed reasons. The band has also released Acoustic versions of the songs "That Fire", and "Fight Til The Bitter End" via their Youtube account.
Just Another Drug (2012)
On July 11, 2012 Gabriel Garcia announced that the band has just recorded a new untitled EP, and that mixing and artwork is all that was left. One week later, the band stated the title of the EP will be titled Just Another Drug, and will be released in August 21 due to the artwork issues. On August 24, the band released an acoustic version of the song "Start Over" via their Youtube page.
On October 13, it was confirmed on Gabriel Garcia's Twitter that the band is working on demos for their next album.
On March 22, 2013, bassist Zakk Sandler gave an interview with The Vinnie Langdon show, stating that band was "on hiatus, for lack of a better word" and that the band is not currently doing anything together. He also stated that he was not invited to be a part of the Just Another Drug EP.
Departure of Steven Spence and Zakk Sandler and Bite The Bullet (2013-present)
On May 20, 2013, drummer Steven Spence has announced his departure from the band. He stated on his Twitter account: "I was waiting for an announcement of my replacement but it's about time I let you all know that I will no longer be in Black Tide. I want to thank you all for your support throughout the years. It has been an amazing journey. I will still continue to write all types of music including Heavy Fucking Metal. I still love Light From Above and Post Mortem. I am a musician and I put my heart into everything that I create. It doesn't end here for me and I hope most of you will come along with me for the ride. Right now i'm working on my solo Suspense ep where I write/produce/engineer and perform electronic dance music with a twist of my live drums. I will be touring soon and if I don't know you, I want to meet you! I will be happy to answer any questions that you guys might have for me. Peace and Love"
Zakk Sandler stated the reason for quitting the band on his Facebook account-
"This is going to be the only thing I say about this, don't ask me questions, don't assume shit, and don't believe any bullshit that's been coming from the "other" side. Black Tide is the band that I've been playing in since the 10th grade, I was about 15, and it was everything that I ever wanted out of life. I loved what I got to do every day, I loved getting to travel, and I love every single fan that has ever taken interest in us and what we had to say. I never made it about money, I never made it about fame, I did it because it's what I loved doing and I enjoyed making music with the guys in the band. I started to have concerns with the band financially over the last couple of years because everything that had to do with the bands account (credit cards) were in my name, so it took a toll on how I was viewing the business aspect of this band. I never let it affect how we did anything and I kept it out of the band for the most part because it didn't really matter, we were told how we were gonna make tons of money. I never made any money off this band, but I continued to tour and record and do whatever I had to because I loved what I was doing and I never wanted to let down any fans. We were scheduled to play in Australia on the Soundwave festival in 2012 and we canceled last minute because of an "emergency". What really happened was our singer refused to go and wouldn't answer the phone to any of us or our manager. We moved past it, we played at the Vive Latino festival in Mexico city in March and everything was great and we were looking to the future for more touring. When we got back home, I received a call from our publisher asking me why we fired our manager, I had no idea what he was talking about. I called my manager and he said that our singer fired him, without talking to any of us or discussing a single thing. In this time, I moved 3 hours north of where we all lived because me and my girlfriend wanted to move out of our parents house and start a life of our own, I got a job so that I would have some way of paying rent. The guys called me when they were on their way to play at Rock on the Range and asked if I was coming, I said that I couldn't take off of work at such short notice because I didn't want to lose my job, I gave them my blessing to have our friend Ronnie fill in for the show and that I would be ready for whatever we were doing next. About 3 weeks after that I got a call from a friend who said that she saw the guys in the band at the recording studio next to her house and wondered why I didn't come and say hi. This is when I found out that they were recording the "just another drug" ep 10 miles from where I was living in Orlando. None of them called, none of them said a word. I reached out to them and they said they thought I quit, even though some of them had spoken to me only days prior and said they would let me know if anything was going on. Betrayed. I let them know that I haven't quit and that I planned on still continuing with this band. This is when everyone started getting shut out by our singer, he wouldn't talk to anybody and nobody knew what was going on anymore. This is when it became very apparent that the band was just over. Steve resigned, I hadn't officially quit and neither had the other two. I had two friends approach me about being a part of this new ep, and I told them that the guys had to give me a call and we could discuss it, that never happened. So I'm not a part of it. I did not reach out to them to be a part of it because over the last 2 years it had become very clear to me that they didn't want me to be a part of anything anymore. Simple as that. So this is my way of saying I'm sorry that things ended like they did, I'm sorry that the fans and friends have had to get jerked around for so long. I am no longer a part of Black Tide. I am still friends with Steve and I don't wish anything bad upon the other two, hope all their dreams comes true. I will always stay musically active and I will always cherish and be proud of everything that I got to do and be a part of with this band over the last 9 years. From playing backyard birthday parties, to shitty local clubs, to the biggest festivals and the biggest stages. It truly was a dream come true."
Bite The Bullet (2013-present)
On July 3, 2013, It has been confirmed via Facebook that Tim D'Onofrio will be the new drummer of the band and that they are currently recording a new EP named Bite The Bullet. The band stated the EP will consist of 6 songs and will be released sometime this summer. The vacancy of the bassist Zakk Sandler is currently filled by Gabriel Garcia himself. On August 5, Gabriel wrote on Facebook that "We really went back to our roots on this one & it is being mixed right now!" The EP will be released November 12, 2013.
On August 24, Black Tide has announced that their first single off their upcoming EP will be titled "Not Afraid" and will be released on August 31.
Their music has changed throughout each release. For their first album, Light From Above, critics described is as heavy metal and speed metal. For their second release, Post Mortem, they changed their sound to Metalcore. On their latest release, Just Another Drug EP, they have a more Hard Rock sound with a mix of some metalcore. In an interview, Gabriel has stated "We don’t like to limit ourselves; If I did have to say something, I’d just say we’re a rock band.
The band's influences include, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Jimi Hendrix, Testament, Bullet for My Valentine, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Death, Van Halen, Kreator, Black Label Society, Avenged Sevenfold, Yngwie Malmsteen, Racer X, Incubus, Lamb Of God, and The Beatles.
They have also covered Iron Maiden, and Metallica with the songs "Prowler" and "Hit the Lights". In an interview, Gabriel has said "I listen to everything from Justin Timberlake to U2 to Incubus to Pantera. I listen to a lot of hip hop — I just love music in general. I would say Guns N' Roses is one of my favorite bands." It was confirmed in an interview that Gabriel Garcia's favorite band is Megadeth, Zakk Sandler's is Iron Maiden and that Steven Spence's is Pantera.
In other media
The band's singles "Shockwave," and "Warriors of Time" were made available as downloadable content in the rhythm-based video game Rock Band; "Show Me the Way" was added later to Rock Band's downloadable content. "Shockwave" is also featured on the video game Skate 2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
"Honest Eyes" was featured in Street Fighter X Tekken, not only in multiple promotional trailers for the game, but also in the game itself as the background song for the introduction.
- Current members
- Gabriel Garcia – vocals, bass, lead guitar (2004–present)
- Austin Diaz – rhythm guitar (2008–present)
- Tim D'Onofrio – drums (2013–present)
- Former members
- Raul Garcia – drums (2004–2006)
- Alex Nuñez – rhythm guitar (2004–2008)
- Zakk Sandler – bass (2004–2013)
- Steven Spence – drums (2006–2013)
- Studio albums
- Radio Demo (2004)
- Black Tide Demo (2006)
- Bienstock, Richard (March 2008). "Youth Gone Wild". Revolver Magazine.
- Epstein, Dan (May 2008). "Reviews – Black Tide Light from Above". Revolver Magazine.
- Bullet For My Valentine – Official Website
- Black Tide : News : New Japanese Tour Dates With Trivium
- Warped Tour Band List[dead link]
- "Black Tide Facebook (Unofficial)"
- "Black Tide To Open For Iron Maiden"
- "Interview: Golden Gods awards 2011 - About their new album"
- Post Mortem release date.
- "Black Tide Vive Latino 2012".
- "Black Tide influences - Facebook"