An overwhelmingly dark, grief-stricken release that has exactly two settings: misery and fury. It's the different shades of those two feelings, and how they're blended together, though, that makes this such a great first album from the Chicago four-piece. I can only imagine how fantastic this material is live; if Black September's performance on this disc is any indication, it has to be a mercilessly engrossing and crushing experience. This album is definitely a must-have for any of you out here who love that death/doom/crust niche, and it's almost as good for everyone else. 'Tide Of The Storm' is possibly one of the best debut albums of 2007, and I imagine that the band only has more despair in store for us in the future.