Release Date: 9th February 2018
Label: Metal Blade Records
Genre: Something on the rock spectrum
We Will All Be Gone is the second album from Good Tiger, a band featuring former members of The Faceless, The Safety Fire and Tesseract. With such strong pedigree it’s hard to think they could possibly live up to expectations that are already massively high, their debut album more than lived up to it though and the singles released from album number two are already positive.
‘The Devil Thinks I’m Sinking’ kicks us off and immediately you can feel the flow from the debut, A Head Full Of Moonlight. That album was about as pop-y as a progressive metal album can get and it’s little surprise that album number two continues this. Vocally, if you think Cedric Bixler from At The Drive-In but keeping it a bit more….’in tune’ you’re in the right area. Musically this opener, and a few others on the album, remind me of ATDI too but with a healthy amount of Press To Meco style riffs in there too. In fact the opening of ‘Float On’ is a dead ringer for a cross between PTM’s ‘Diffusion Of Responsibility’ and A’s ‘Nothing’. At least for the first 6 or 7 seconds.
The rest of ‘Float On’ is a mixture of progressive guitars, catchy drum beats and choruses that have you singing on before you even work out what the lyrics actually are. I found myself singing about 4 different sets of words before finally remembering what the track was called. Those catchy vocals are a mainstay of We Will All Be Gone, at points being more hauntingly beautiful than catchy, with both of those being true on ‘Such A Kind Stranger’. This is my favourite song on the album, though that’s like choosing between…well not your kids, more like choosing which band to see on a festival lineup when you want to see 3 bands on 3 different stages. The contrast of soft vocals and fast pace throughout make it intriguing and the chorus is one of the strongest I’ve heard for a long time.
One of the biggest compliments I can give this album and the writing behind it is that as each song draws to a close my disappointment grows, but as soon as the next one begins that subsides. Each track brings something new and though it flows well as an album, sticking it on random works just as well.
As I tick over the half way point of the album I’m just in awe about how good a group of writers these guys are. They manage to encapsulate a raw emotion in each track, but keeping them all accessible to newcomers. They manage to, in a similar manner to Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, make each catchy as hell but still heavy. A fine line but pulling it off just seems effortless, something which undercuts the amount of work that has been put in here.
We Will All Be Gone is currently sitting atop my album of the year list which in February isn’t saying too much, but it’s so very far out in front I just cannot see it being beaten. When all the elements of writing an album come together so cohesively it doesn’t matter how hard you look for faults, they don’t even matter when the music brings you this much joy. If any band tops this album then kudos to them, Good Tiger have set the bar for 2018 and they’ve set it high.
Recommended Tracks: Float On & Grip Shoes