Sweden’s October Tide formed and disbanded before most metal fans were given an opportunity to embrace them. Originally intended to fill a temporary void for Katatonia guitarist Fredrik Norrman and vocalist Jonas Renkse, the band’s brilliant 1997 debut, Rain Without End (album reissued by Candlelight in 2009), topped many metalhead ‘favorite’ lists; impressive considering its limited availability. Not a single interview or show was performed in their short lived history… that is, until now. A Thin Shell finally delivers what fans have anxiously awaited from this treasured band. Seven doom-laden and emotive songs that are every bit as heavy as they are catchy fill this impressive recording that officially closes the band’s self-imposed decade-long hiatus.