Exclusive: Black Tide pick their top 10 most influential bands

Black Tide entered this industry at a very young age and over the years the four young men have pushed their way through many barriers to become one of the most talked about up and coming bands of this generation.

Having featured on the main stage at the 2007 Ozzfest with Ozzy Osbourne, Lamb Of God, Static-X and Lordi, the band released their debut album ‘Light From Above’ in 2008. After learning the ropes and growing into young adults, Black Tide are back in 2011 with their second studio album ‘Post Mortem’, which looks to show how far the band have come as individuals and as musicians.

With a strong set at this year’s Sonisphere Festival in the UK, the band are now expanding their sights outside of the US and into the UK as they look to now take on the world and showcase their talent.

All musicians are influenced in some manner when it comes to music and these influences can be other artists music, sights, tastes or even smells but recently I had the chance to submit a question to Black Tide, to find out who their ten most influential artists were and why. When met with the question, vocalist and lead guitarist Gabriel Garcia and drummer Steven Spence sat down and collaborated on their top ten list of most influential bands on their music.

‘Post Mortem’ will be released on 23rd August and you can preview the album by viewing the music videos for ‘Walking Dead Man’ and ‘That Fire’ below before reading on for their top ten list.

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Walking Dead Man

That Fire


Black Tide – Top 10 most influential artists

  • Rage Against The Machine – I’ve always loved this band. We had the chance to play a festival with them and watch them side-stage while they headlined for 80,000 people. Best show of my life.
  • Incubus – This band has some great songs and they are amazing live. They’ve proved to stand the test of time.
  • Iron Maiden – This is one of the first band’s we really got into. We were fortunate enough to perform with them on their USA dates on their current world tour. Playing sold out arenas with them was very inspiring.
  • The Beatles – Nothing can be said that hasn’t already been said about The Beatles. These guys are likely the most influential band to all modern music.
  • Pantera – It’s always cool to see actual brothers in a band. Vinnie (Vincent Paul Abbott) and Dime (Darrell Lance Abbott) we’re arguably the best out there. RIP Dime[bag Darrell]
  • The Foo Fighters – I’ve always loved the Foo Fighters because of their older songs, and because they don’t take themselves too seriously. You can tell they have fun with their creativity. I recently watched their new documentary and it’s pretty darn inspiring.
  • Megadeth – Dave Mustaine has always had a great ear for good musicians. Even though their line-up has changed throughout the years, they always kill it live.
  • Kings of Leon – Here’s another family band. Always cool to see a family of musicians making great music.
  • Blink-182 – I used to love these fucking guys. They’re not the best live, but that’s just because they love to have a good time and mess around. Love this shit!
  • Steel Dragon – Zakk Wylde, Jason Bonham, Mark Wahlberg…fucking rockstars

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