Tigerwine have crafted a distinct sound somewhere in the emotive post hardcore realm that ought to be irresistible to any heavy music fan.
I knew the band was on to something awesome when I heard their EP Lull a couple of years ago. At the time I recall thinking that the band had an ear-grabbing sound that fell somewhere between Come Wind and Least of These. “Dying With Your Tongue Out” takes this sound and evolves it into something that ought to be groundbreaking for both scenesters and hard rock fans. Hayden Trobee has passionate, desperate vocals that are unrelenting and beg your attention.
A highlight of the album for me has to be “Nosebleed,” which takes a simple reverb intro and stretches it into their hard hitting sound, building anticipation in a way that definitely gets my adrenaline going. One the most powerful musical moments for me is the climax of “Double-Edged”, where my inner wanna be drummer wants to follow along and beat the crap of that imaginary snare and bass drum in front of me, along with Shane Riley.
The band are also adept lyricists, crafting lines like “One day I hope you need me to show you grace, to set you free so I can give what you denied cause I know it’ll make your skin crawl and your stomach rise” in the almost Underoath-like “110.” This line particularly strikes me because it reminds me of a passage in the book of Romans.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”d says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
“110” portrays the angst in wanting to seek revenge, but knowing the correct way forward is to repay evil with kindness. In the process, that desire for vengeance is channeled into a desire that the offending party will suffer from guilt stemming from the kindness. It’s a tension we definitely hear in the music. This tension is in some form or another present throughout the whole record.
I’m going to end this by saying I’ll be surprised if this album isn’t in my top ten for 2017.