CONSIDERING The Tide And Its Takers is Alaskan metalcore outfit 36 Crazyfists' fourth LP, you would think the band would be able to go with the flow a bit more.
Because all of the elements of a great album are here, they're just not put together quite right, as if the Anchorage rockers are trying a little too hard.
With the band's over zealous guitar shredding, bludgeoning bass and frontman Brock Lindow's savage, primal growls almost ever-present throughout the album, the band's obvious knack for a sly hook here and there is almost always lost.
It's this balance that lets the band down - there's too much going on, too many skipped or added beats scattered throughout preventing the listener from grabbing hold.
And it's a shame, as during the moments on The Tide And Its Takers it comes together, 36 Crazyfists pack a real punch.