Black Tide

For the Peter Temple novel, see Black Tide (novel).
Black Tide

Black Tide performing live at the Reading Festival 2008
Background information
Also known as Radio (2004–2007)
Origin Miami, Florida, US
Genres Heavy metal, hard rock, metalcore, speed metal (early)
Years active 2004 (2004)–2016 (2016)
Labels Interscope, Pavement Entertainment
Members Gabriel Garcia
Austin Diaz
Cody Paige
Past members Raul Garcia
Alex Nuñez
Spencer Osborne
Tim D'Onofrio
Steven Spence
Zakk Sandler
Ronny Gutierrez

Black Tide was an American heavy metal band from Miami, Florida. Formed in 2004, the band consists of Gabriel Garcia (lead vocals and bass), Austin Diaz (guitar and vocals) and Cody Paige (drums). They released their debut album, Light from Above, on March 18, 2008 through Interscope Records when Garcia was 15 years old. Their second album, Post Mortem, was released on August 23, 2011. Black Tide's EP Bite the Bullet was released on November 12, 2013 by InnerCat Music Group, a Miami-based boutique label. On October 16, 2015 band released their last album "Chasing Shadows". On July 22, 2016 Gabriel Garcia announced on his Instagram that the band is over and he is concetrating on his solo project.


Formation and signing to Interscope Records (20042007)

Black Tide was founded in Miami, Florida in 2004 under the name "Radio" by guitarist Gabriel Garcia and his older brother Raul Garcia. Raul recruited second guitarist Alex Nuñez, then later bassist Zachary Sandler. At the time, Gabriel Garcia was 11 years old and Nuñez was just 13 years old.[1] Garcia, Nuñez, and Sandler recruited drummer Steven Spence, after Raul's departure from the group.[1] This completed the band's lineup. The band started playing local shows, eventually gaining the attention of record labels due to the members' young age and talent. Winder Marin, the former drummer was dropped and a replacement was brought in to keep the young image of the band. In 2005, Black Tide signed a demo deal with Atlantic Records [1] as Radio. The deal lasted for only a year, before the band was spotted by a record executive for EMI, who notified Interscope Records of the band. By mid-2007, now named Black Tide, they were signed to Interscope.[1]

Light from Above (20072009)

The band started touring and gained a position on the second stage of Ozzfest, but were removed from the tour because the stage was sponsored by Jägermeister and all of the members of Black Tide were under the legal drinking age. Although the band was no longer appearing on the second stage, Black Tide was able to be the opening act on the main stage in some areas, opening for Lordi, Static-X, Lamb of God, and Ozzy Osbourne. After Ozzfest, the band toured with Avenged Sevenfold and All That Remains. They are well known partly due to their age.

In early 2007, half a year before playing Ozzfest, Black Tide entered the studio in Chicago with producer Johnny K. The band recorded 12 new tracks which included a cover of Metallica's first written song, "Hit the Lights", which originally appeared on Kill 'Em All. The resulting album, Light from Above, was released on March 18, 2008. The album was critically praised, with Dan Epstein of Revolver Magazine saying "Listening to the debut album from Miami's Black Tide is a little like stumbling across a cool late-80s metal record you'd completely forgotten about. A very promising debut" and Scott Alisoglu of stating the album contains "Big, sometimes pop-based, melodies meets crunchy, guitar-driven metal that falls somewhere between thrash/traditional metal and the dirtier end of '80s glam/hair metal."[2] Light from Above debuted at number 73 on the Billboard 200, with 11,400 copies sold in its first week of sales. Black Tide has also won the Kerrang! Award for Best Newcomer. On March 27, 2008, the band performed on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on the ABC television network in the United States and Citytv in Canada.

In the summer of 2008, shortly before the Mayhem Festival guitarist Alex Nuñez left the band and was replaced by Austin Diaz. Austin "Panix" Diaz subsequently left his former hardcore/d-beat band The Panix for Black Tide. In an odd turn of events, Alex Nuñez joined The Panix to replace Diaz. Nuñez returned to his DIY punk roots and continues to play in many bands in Miami as a guitarist, vocalist, and drummer.

The band proceeded to tour on the Mayhem Festival, playing all around the U.S. The band opened for Bullet For My Valentine on their European tour in November 2008, alongside Lacuna Coil and Bleeding Through. Black Tide also supported Bullet for My Valentine on their US tour in September.[3] The band toured on the Kerrang! Relentless Energy Drink Tour with Mindless Self Indulgence, Dir en grey, Bring Me the Horizon and In Case of Fire. They have started performing "Prowler," an Iron Maiden cover, on this tour, which was formally recorded for Kerrang! Magazine's Iron Maiden Tribute CD, Maiden Heaven.

The band debuted on British television on January 17, 2009, on the BBC show SOUND before supporting Escape the Fate on their 2009 This War Is Ours Tour in FebruaryMarch 2009. Other supporting acts included Attack Attack!, William Control, and Burn Halo. The band then supported Trivium between May 6, 2009May 19, 2009 on the Japanese and Australian legs of Into the Mouth of Hell We Tour.[4] This followed a stint playing at the Warped Tour 2009, where the band started performing a new song entitled "Redefine".[5]

Post Mortem (20102012)

In February 2010, it was confirmed that Black Tide was in the process of writing songs for their second album. In the May/June 2010 issue of Revolver magazine, it was confirmed that Black Tide has entered the studio with the intention of finishing recording by the end of June for a fall release. On the band's Facebook profile, Zakk filmed many different 1-minute videos from the studio about the work in the studio.

On July 26, 2010, Black Tide announced that they were going on tour supporting Bullet for My Valentine and Escape the Fate on their US tour in SeptemberOctober 2010.

On September 17, 2010, the first single from the upcoming album, "Bury Me," was released. The CD single also included a B-side entitled "Honest Eyes" (which was later released as a single on its own). Following the release of the single, the band announced that the new album has a tentative release date of February 2011, through Interscope Records, and that it would be self-titled.[6]

The band was the confirmed opening act for Iron Maiden on two shows in Florida. It was also announced that they will perform at the Sonisphere Festival in Knebworth, UK on Sunday July 10, 2011.[7] On April 29, 2011, Black Tide has announced in an interview at the Golden Gods awards that the name of their second album is Post Mortem. They also confirmed that the new album has been delayed until summer 2011. The video for the next single was shot in May 2011.[8] On May 17, the band made the announcement that the new album 'Post Mortem' would be released on August 23.[9] The band was confirmed to perform at the 2011 Uproar Festival which featured dates in the United States and Canada. The tour started on August 26, 2011 and ended on October 15, 2011. They performed San Diego Comic-Con International on July 2011. On August 10 the band released an acoustic version of the song "Let it Out" on the Revolver Magazine website. The album leaked on the internet August 17, 2011 and released later on August 23 selling 5,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at a positioned number 73 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The band was part of the Uproar Festival along with bands Sevendust, Escape the Fate, Bullet For My Valentine, Seether, Three Days Grace, and Avenged Sevenfold. During the final two weeks of Uproar, bassist Zakk Sandler filled in for touring mates Escape the Fate while their bassist Max Green left to take care of a DUI but failed to return.

On October 8 the band released a digital EP titled the "Al Cielo EP", which is Spanish for "To the Sky EP". It featured Spanish re-recordings of songs "That Fire", "Let It Out" and "Into the Sky" with alternative names. They were to perform five dates in Australia as a part of the Soundwave Festival in February and March 2012 but canceled the tour for undisclosed reasons. The band has also released Acoustic versions of the songs "That Fire", and "Fight Til The Bitter End" via their YouTube account.[10]

On March 23, 2012 the band appeared at the Vive Latino Festival in Mexico City in front of 120,000 people.[11]

Just Another Drug (2012)

On July 11, 2012 Gabriel Garcia announced that the band has just recorded a new untitled EP, and that mixing and artwork is all that was left. One week later, the band stated the title of the EP will be titled Just Another Drug, and will be released in August 21 due to the artwork issues. On August 24, the band released an acoustic version of the song "Start Over" via their YouTube page.[12]

On October 13, it was confirmed on Gabriel Garcia's Twitter that the band is working on demos for their next album.

On March 22, 2013, bassist Zakk Sandler gave an interview with The Vinnie Langdon show, stating that band was "on hiatus, for lack of a better word" and that the band is not currently doing anything together. He also stated that he was not invited to be a part of the Just Another Drug EP.[13]

Departure of Steven Spence and Zakk Sandler and Bite the Bullet (2013)

On May 20, 2013, drummer Steven Spence announced his departure from the band. He stated on his Twitter account: "I was waiting for an announcement of my replacement but it's about time I let you all know that I will no longer be in Black Tide. I want to thank you all for your support throughout the years. It has been an amazing journey. I will still continue to write all types of music including Heavy Fucking Metal. I still love Light From Above and Post Mortem. I am a musician and I put my heart into everything that I create. It doesn't end here for me and I hope most of you will come along with me for the ride. Right now i'm working on my solo Suspense ep where I write/produce/engineer and perform electronic dance music with a twist of my live drums. I will be touring soon and if I don't know you, I want to meet you! I will be happy to answer any questions that you guys might have for me. Peace and Love"

On July 3, 2013, It has been confirmed via Facebook that Tim D'Onofrio will be the new drummer of the band and that they are currently recording a new EP named Bite The Bullet. The band stated the EP will consist of 6 songs and will be released sometime this summer. The vacancy of the bassist Zakk Sandler is currently filled by Gabriel Garcia himself.[14] On August 5, Gabriel wrote on Facebook that "We really went back to our roots on this one & it is being mixed right now!"[15] The EP will be released November 12, 2013.[16]

On August 24, Black Tide has announced that their first single off their upcoming EP will be titled "Not Afraid" and will be released on August 31.[17]

On November 12, 2013, the band officially released Bite the Bullet (EP) via iTunes.[18] The band went on to support the EP touring the East Coast from November 26 through December 9.[19] A close friend to Gabriel, Ronny Gutierrez, filled in on bass duties during the tour.

Tim D'Onofrio announced via Facebook that he had left Black Tide on good terms. He is now in From Ashes to New.

Lineup changes, Chasing Shadows and breaking up (20142016)

On March 16, 2014, it was confirmed via Facebook that Ronny Gutierrez will permanently be the bassist of Black Tide and Cody Paige will be the new official drummer. Paige was discovered by Ronny Gutierrez; he was covering Black Tide songs on YouTube. Upon discovering Paige was a Florida native, he was immediately contacted to audition to be the band's new drummer.[20]

Starting on May 23, 2014, Black Tide departed on their Rise Again Tour, in support of the Bite the Bullet (EP), with support from Threat Signal, Affiance, and Hatchet. Gabriel Garcia had the following to share about the upcoming headlining tour: “I can’t wait to hit the road and bust this tour out. I’ve been driving around Miami blasting Hatchet all week. These guys are killer. We want to invite them to share our tour bus, but shit could get crazy. This is a kick ass bill, four high-energy live acts and the fans are gonna be blown away. A good time will be had by all. I may even announce our new record label on the last night of the tour.” [21]

In December 2014, it was reported Ronny was now playing guitar full-time with Reggae/Pop artist Shaggy (aka Mr. Boombastic) and would not be able to continue on bass duties due to Shaggy's extensive touring schedule.

As of January 2015, Gabe, Austin, and Cody have been recording a full-length album composed of all new material.

On February 25, the band issued an update that drum work has been completed and guitars are being laid down. The sound of the new album is said to appease fans of both the first and second album, boasting rich solos, melodies, and heavy riffs.

On May 22, the band announced through Facebook that the new album would be titled "Chasing Shadows" which was released October 16, 2015 via Pavement Entertainment.[22]

On July 22, 2016 Gabriel Garcia announced in his Instagram that the band is over and he is concetrating on his solo project.[23]

Musical style

Their music has changed throughout each release. For their first album, Light From Above, critics described is as heavy metal and speed metal.[24] For their second release, Post Mortem, they changed their sound to Metalcore.[24] On their latest release, Just Another Drug EP, they have a more Hard Rock sound with a mix of some metalcore.[25] In an interview, Gabriel has stated "We don’t like to limit ourselves; If I did have to say something, I’d just say we’re a rock band.[26]


The band's influences include, Megadeth, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, Jimi Hendrix, Testament, Bullet for My Valentine, Trivium, Children of Bodom, Death, Van Halen, Kreator, Black Label Society, Avenged Sevenfold, Yngwie Malmsteen, Racer X, Incubus, Lamb of God, and The Beatles.[27]

They have also covered Iron Maiden, and Metallica with the songs "Prowler" and "Hit the Lights". In an interview, Gabriel has said "I listen to everything from Justin Timberlake to U2 to Incubus to Pantera. I listen to a lot of hip hop — I just love music in general. I would say Guns N' Roses is one of my favorite bands."[28] It was confirmed in an interview that Gabriel Garcia's favorite band is Megadeth, Zakk Sandler's is Iron Maiden and that Steven Spence's is Pantera.

In other media

The band's singles "Shockwave," and "Warriors of Time" were made available as downloadable content in the rhythm-based video game Rock Band; "Show Me the Way" was added later to Rock Band's downloadable content. "Shockwave" is also featured on the video game Skate 2 for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

"Show Me the Way" is in MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, an all vehicle racing game for the PlayStation 3, and has also appeared on Rock Band Unplugged as a master track for PlayStation Portable.

"Warriors of Time" is also featured as the title theme in NHL 09 and is occasionally played during ice hockey matches in the NHL.

"Shout" is featured on the soundtrack for the racing game Colin McRae: Dirt 2 and NFL Tour.

"Warriors of Time", "Shockwave", "Light from Above", "Black Abyss" and "Shout" are featured as downloadable content for the iPod Touch and iPhone music game Tap Tap Revenge 2.

"Shockwave" is featured as the final song in Guitar Hero: Modern Hits.

"Honest Eyes" was featured in Street Fighter X Tekken, not only in multiple promotional trailers for the game, but also in the game itself as the background song for the introduction.

"That Fire" is featured as a level-up bonus in Tap Tap Revenge 4, and is featured on NHL 12, as well as a playable song in the GHTV section of Guitar Hero Live.

Band members



For a more comprehensive list, see Black Tide discography.
Studio albums


  1. 1 2 3 4 Bienstock, Richard (March 2008). "Youth Gone Wild". Revolver Magazine.
  2. Epstein, Dan (May 2008). "Reviews – Black Tide Light from Above". Revolver Magazine.
  3. Bullet For My Valentine – Official Website
  4. Black Tide : News : New Japanese Tour Dates With Trivium
  5. Warped Tour Band List Archived January 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. "Black Tide Facebook (Unofficial)"
  7. "Black Tide To Open For Iron Maiden" Archived February 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. "Interview: Golden Gods awards 2011 - About their new album"
  9. Post Mortem release date.
  11. "Black Tide Vive Latino 2012".
  17. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-13. Retrieved 2014-07-14.
  24. 1 2
  27. "Black Tide influences - Facebook"

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