Bring to bear is a symphonic folk metal band from the UK, on an adventure of making metal with meaning and looking to inspire others along the way. The idea came to life during lockdown in May 2020 by long-time friends and bandmates Hristo Nikolov and Ian Tarboton. They quickly put together their first material and set about expanding the clan. One by one the band came together, each with the same desire and a unique set of skills and stories. Now this UK based band drops a brand new single named Rising Tide.
Bring to Bear combines the ethereal tones of lead singer Izabela Smyt with the harsh growls of keyboard-accordionist Ian Tarboton, using the raw power of drummer Simon Jones as the backbone for a solid metal pack comprising guitarists Hristo Nikolov and Nik Rotas, and bassist Richard Knight. Guitars swap between lead and rhythm, often play-fighting with accordion, to create strong melodies and plenty of opportunities to head-bang.
Rising Tide is an adventurous sounding song led by a bold accordion theme. This theme kicks off the song with a feeling of excitement, but as the theme ends the tone changes suddenly to something a lot darker. The verse is growling on top of hard guitars and drums, and the lyrics tell a story of being lost at sea in a dark storm. Accordionist and growler, Ian Tarboton, describes this as being reflective of those moments in life when we feel lost and confused, like a storm raging in our minds.
At the end of the verse it feels like the clouds start to lift a bit as lead singer, Izabela Smyt, sings the build up to the chorus. The chorus comes crashing down like pounding waves from the tide, with growling and singing at the same time. Each vocal style carries its own message, the growling calling out from the deepest parts within us, and the singing bringing clarity of mind. It’s a message to listen to the voice of our hearts to find the clarity within the storms we face.
As the song progresses it launches into a soaring bridge of strings and singing, followed by a breakdown that boldly declares defiance against the storm and a determination to not be stuck in the confusion of mediocrity.
The song overcomes the storm and returns to the adventurous theme that began the journey. Ian Tarboton describes it as being a metaphor for our lives, where we set out on the journey of life and come up against many storms, but by listening to our hearts (what is truly meaningful to us) we rise above the storms and confusion, and we can continue the journey onwards.
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