SOULS OF TIDE – Black Magic

SOULS OF TIDE - Black Magic
  • 7/10
    SOULS OF TIDE - Black Magic - 7/10


Mighty Music
Release date: May 22, 2020

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Old School Classic Rock and Metal Come Together

The band is Souls of Tide from Hamar, Norway and the new album is Black Magic, and in just 8 songs and 34 minutes running time they give us a nice blend of what some people call Classic Rock with a Heavy Metal vibe. It must be the sweet Hammond organ by Kjetil Banken that lends them to the Classic Rock genre, or is it the strange similarity that vocalist Vegar Larsen has to very young Bono of U2? Either way, they have a solid sound that does take you back to a different time in music.

Souls of Tide band photo
Souls of Tide

Voodo Ritual

Right out of the gates they hit you with “Voodo Ritual” which kicks off the album very nicely as they do indeed have a classic sound, from the guitar mix right down to the drum sounds. If you are looking for drop D tuning and 7 string guitar sounds, then you are on the wrong record and for me, that’s more than just fine. After several listenings, their sound grew on me quite a bit. I like the breaks, the fast parts, the slow downs, the great lead guitars and sweet bass sounds. Perhaps I was reminded a bit of old U2 by the absence of backing harmonies, and it didn’t bother me a bit as Vegar Larsen  has a great set of pipes that sound just fine solo.

Final Notes

None of the songs exceeds 5 and a half minutes, so the album moves along at a good pace. Not once was I tempted to skip ahead to the next song, and with modern releases often breaking an hour in length and 15 songs that’s refreshing. Just like any true Classic Rock album, Black Magic fits perfectly on vinyl so no matter what format you prefer you are in for a solid half hour + of listening enjoyment. For fans of old school bands that started it all like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, etc. the album is well worth the price of admission.


Vegar Larsen – Vocals
Anders Langberg – Guitar
Ole Kristian Østby – Lead Guitar
Øyvind Strõnen Johannesen – Bass
Tommy Kristiansen – Drums
Kjetil Banken – Hammond


Voodoo Ritual
Through the Fire
Morning Star
Black Magic
The Offering
Evening Star

Running time: 34 minutes


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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