Review: Departed – Tides

Independent (Feb 2nd 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

South West UK rockers Departed have just released ‘Tides‘, their follow up EP to the band’s debut EP. It’s been nearly three years since that debut, an EP I still play, and it’s nice to finally get to listen to some new music from the band.

Tides‘ consists of five tracks, which have that ‘British Rock Band’ sound firmly stamped all over them. First off the block ‘Come On‘ does however have a certain Black Crowes vibe to it, fast paced, foot tapping goodness, it nicely sets the scene for what’s to follow.

Soul Shaker‘ ramps things up another notch, is there such a thing as a double foot tapper? Again catchy as hell, think car windows down, arm out, stereo blaring, it’s got that sort of vibe about it.

Next up is ‘All The Way‘ which has a deeper groove with a great riff throughout delivered with aplomb by guitarist Ben Brookland.

Let Her Down Easy‘ slows things down, again with a Black Crowes vibe, but with that British twist delivered by vocalist Mark Pascall, whose vocals slot very favorably into my personal musical tastes.

Remedy‘ is another slow number, with a wonderful guitar sound, and again brings thoughts of sunnier weather, lazing in a beer garden, sun on the face, you get the picture I’m painting! It brings the EP sadly to an end, but with a flourish.

These guys really need to give us a full album, with the types of response they’ve had from fans and media alike with their live performances, it would really help give them that final push.

All I can add is that ‘Tides‘ is highly recommended.



Iodine Sky – Tides

Self Released (27-05-2016)

Reviewer – Stephen Brophy

Formed in 2013, Manchester four piece Iodine Sky are set to release their debut, self released album on May 27th and it’s a really nice piece of work. Opening up with a really aggressive and heavy into to the track ‘Broken Cross‘ it soon opens out into an alt-rock piece that has plenty of bite and a really melodic edge, especially through the vocals of Aaron Ward, there are some elements throughout the album that would point towards some of the bands influences like Shinedown or a more Hard Rock inspired Deftones, but they are without a doubt trying to forge their own sound, a blend of sorts, and it really works for them.

The album has a great mix of different rock styles and even some elements of Prog in places, and that all ads up to something a little different, the guitars are crunchy in places, spiky in others and in the lighter moments almost float on top of everything else that’s going on. An album that the more you listen to the more you pick up on, with different songs sinking in on second or third listen, such as ‘Down Over Me‘, but when it does hit you it packs a nice punch, I have to say this and I mean absolutely no disrespect to the band, but there’s a very young feel to the music, not sure what audience it’s being aimed at (if indeed there is any target audience) but this music should definitely be popular with a younger audience, and hopefully that will mean great things for the guys, a generation of fans that may get attached to your music and follow you through your career is never a bad thing. There aren’t many bands playing music like this in the UK, certainly not as good as these guys, and to add another string to their bow the backing vocals on the album are really good, with all four members having vocal ability it marks them out a little more from the pack.

The title track ‘Tides‘ kicks off with a staccato style riff that rips through the middle of a song with well balanced vocals, and keyboards that break things up nicely in places, the changes in tempo do nothing but add to the overall effect. Highlights of the album are probably ‘Rewind‘ with an intro that reminded me very much of Deftones, but again Aaron’s vocals are more defined, and different, this track flows along beautifully, the solos aren’t over the top, if anything it’s their subtlety and understated style in places that really make you take notice of them, and also the wonderful closer, which is actually a bonus track ‘Who Knows Who‘ which is just a classy acoustic wandering story of a ballad, it’s a hell of a bonus in reality, also shows off how well these guys sound on their own with a guitar and vocal.

Overall this is an excellent debut for a band that have been together a relatively short time, yes they all have experience in from other bands, but that’s pretty irrelevant, as an entity Iodine Sky have managed to create a great sounding, tightly put together album with their own stamp on it, a sound that I don’t hear coming out of the UK and so much promise for the future. Congratulations to Aaron Ward (Vocals), Josh Owen (Guitar), Dave Murray (Bass) and Josh Zahler (Drums) you should be very proud of this album, the sound and production is excellent as you would expect with Brett Hestla being involved on the production side. It’s not just that this album sounds a bit different, it does, but there’s some really good songs on here and when they put their mind to it they can be damn catchy, right I’m off to listen to ‘Who Knows Who’ again, seems to be stuck in my head.




Continuing the build up to their eagerly awaited debut album ‘Tides‘, which arrives on the 27th of May, Manchester hard rock outfit Iodine Sky are delighted to announce the release of new single ‘Broken Cross‘.

The track, which is the second to be unveiled from ‘Tides‘, picks up where previous single ‘So Far Away‘ left off. ‘Broken Cross‘ is the ideal audio cocktail for any fans of rock music: pummeling drums from the outset, intricate guitar work, chunky bass lines and fret melting solo’s, topped off with the powerful vocals of frontman Aaron Ward.

Aaron explaining what Broken Cross is all about:
“Broken Cross is the first song that started Tides as a concept and our revival as a band, we hold it very closely to our hearts. 
It’s about the times when you realise that someone else might love you more than you love yourself and the last thing you want is to see their world change because of it.
We think everyone’s been in a similar relationship in their lives this is our way of telling that experience, we hope you enjoy it”

Iodine Sky are hitting the road several times over the next few months for short, sharp bursts of shows which will allow fans across the UK to get their first taste of “Tides” in the flesh. Their full schedule can be seen below:

17th, The Deaf Institute, Manchester
18th, The Krazyhouse, Liverpool
19th, Music Lounge, Stockton on Tees
23rd, The Workshop, London
8th, The Box, Glasgow
10th, Rebellion Bar,  Manchester
2nd, Snooty Fox Live Club, Wakefield
9th, The Cavendish, London
3rd, Rebellion, Manchester

For their debut album, Iodine Sky have teamed up with producer Brett Hestla (also known as bassist for Creed and vocalist for Dark New Day).

1. Broken Cross
2. So Far Away
3. Down Over Me
4. Tides
5. Eyes Wide Open
6. Rewind
7. Horizons
8. Summer Song
9. Who Knows You (Bonus Acoustic Track)

Tides is released on the 27th of May and can be pre-ordered from the band’s Official online merch store (through Facebook). Embrace the wave, because the Tides are coming!

Line up:
Aaron Ward – Vocals and guitar
Josh Zahler – Drums and vocals
Josh Owen – Guitar and vocals
Dave Murray – Bass and vocals

Iodine Sky band