April 13th, 2010
Release length: 37:36
The feel of this album is more along the lines of the majority of Metalcore and Hardcore acts of today, bringing in some of the band’s unique, slightly haunting ambience thanks to the keyboards utilized here and there. It’s great that the band has given keyboardist Marta the start of the album to do some rather simple ambient material that leads into the first actual song, “Anti-Hero”, which starts off with guitar riffs that you would be convinced were swiped off a Black Dahlia Murder release. Shortly after, it goes into a more traditional Bleeding Through sound, but this isn’t the only time you will hear this influence, as it does appear throughout the CD at random times, sometimes only slightly but still distinguishable, or as blatantly obvious as this.
Outside of that issue, you also now have the band’s new change of direction. Aside pushing the sound that they had on their previous album, it sounds as if Bleeding Through is aiming to go more towards their roots and take a much more dynamic Hardcore approach to their sound as well. For the start of the album, it unfortunately comes off as rather mediocre, but luckily it does quickly progress and become much heavier and enjoyable. There are definitely some killer tracks on here, such as “Salvation Never Found”, which incorporates some singing into the chorus that comes off as a much better performance for the album The Truth. It’s not the only song to feature singing, as there are a few others on here, including “Divide The Armies”, which features a chorus that sounds very reminiscent of Trivium around the time of Ascendancy. Aside the more melodic tracks, you also get “Fifteen Minutes,” which is just an intense song, as well as “Drag Me to the Ocean,” one of the better tracks on here, really focusing on bringing some real aggression and intensity to the mix that some of the tracks seem to lack.
The production quality of the album is also much clearer then some of the group’s previous releases. While this does make the band’s music sound much more intense, it also leads to a loss of the raw and harsh feel that made them stand out. But, sadly, that’s not all. This recording also features a few things that will drive some of the fans away. Much like with the introduction track “A Resurrection”, the song “This Time Nothing Is Sacred” has a science fiction sounding keyboard solo that completely contradicts the song that was being played, hitting pretty much right in the middle and just obliterating the flow with what could be considered a comical moment where you would expect aliens to pop out of your closet for one strange reason or another. This kind of keyboard sound also comes into play all throughout “Slow Your Roll,” which you could even look at as something that Finntroll would put out if they turned to a science fiction lyrical foundation instead of folklore, but luckily this sound is not too out-of-place to ruin it, as it actually works well to enhance it. Aside that, there really isn’t a single breakdown on this release worth the time it takes to listen to them. While they aren’t your typical lazy breakdowns of a simple guitar riff with a cymbal being hit every few seconds, many of them come close and simply don’t do anything to enhance the intensity of some of the songs at all.
While much of Bleeding Through‘s career has been built on really pushing the feeling of anger and hatred through a failed relationship/abusive aspect, this new release finds the band steering clear from much of the rage that fueled their material in the past. While this will deter many of their established fans, it does open the band up to a new fan baseÂ thanks to their more intense and polished sound. Bleeding Through is not a bad album at all, but clearly finds the band reinventing themselves and will take a few listens to become accustomed to. Once you can look past some idol worship and the fact that they are entering a zone that many bands travel on, you’ll find a solid album that is packed with enough tracks that will make you want to break something against the nearest living person’s face. The only problem is that some of the material on here is still a bit bland, and in the case of “This Time Nothing Is Sacred”, a bit out there, which will have the listener skipping some of the tracks on here after a few spins.
01. A Resurrection (Instrumental) – 1:43
02. Anti-Hero – 3:09
03. Your Abandonment – 2:17
04. Fifteen Minutes – 2:31
05. Salvation Never Found – 2:02
06. Breathing In the Wrath – 6:34
07. This Time Nothing Is Sacred – 3:33
08. Divide The Armies – 3:49
09. Drag Me to the Ocean – 4:39
10. Light My Eyes – 3:17
11. Slow Your Roll – 2:57
12. Distortion, Devotion – 1:05
|Overall Score: 6/10
Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.