Bleeding Through
This Is Love, This Is Murderous


2.0
poor

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 17th, 2005 | 75 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Bleeding Through in my eyes is another Metalcore band could pushes the boundries between Metalcore and straight metal. Their sound possesses distinguishing traits from both genres. Deep vocals, keyboards, and an occasional guitar solo would put them more towards the metal side. But the obvious presence (and maybe overabundance) of breakdowns along side the heavy drop tuned chugging riffs is blatantly Metalcore. Well, I’m not much on the genre myself, but they’re definitely better than As I Lay Dying (which kind of ties in with another one of my reviews). Although they formed merely four years ago (2000 for the arithmetically impaired) in Orange County they’ve been making quite a dent in the music scene. With the releases of Portrait of the Goddess and their 2001 release Dust to Ashes, This is Love, This is Murderous seems to be their most mature release revealing the most potential from them so far.

This band I feel an interesting blended sound. The vocals are deep – at times almost death metal resembling. For the most part, Brandon reminds me of Jamie Jasta. The half scream half almost roaring type sound fits pretty well with their overall sound. The music is pretty heavy, and it’s obvious that Brandon is a big part of that, and during the times that he sings he does it very well me thinks - check out On Wings of Lead to get my drift. The guitar here is not a lot to brag about, but it holds its own. There are a lot of those open drop C palm muted chords, but it’s not really a bad thing with these guys. They do get unique once in a while – sometimes they throw in a random scale or pinch harmonic, such as the heavier hardcore song Sweet Vampirous, and a few songs even had a solo, such as the brutal yet atmospheric track Love Lost in a Hail of Gun Fire and the title track (which has some nice lead melodies as well). Sometimes melodic but, more often than not the guitar work focuses on heaviness. But the best track guitar wise is definitely City of the Condemned...take a look, breaks the trend from the rest of the playing on the album.

Bassists again aren't going to have a whole lot to rave about. It is a dominant sound, but almost the entire time it just hugs the guitar and whatnot providing no more than a bottom end to the music. There is a quick break leaving the bass solo for a second in Sweet Vampirous but that's about it. The drumming is about what you'de expect form a band like this. Double bass, blast beats, nothing too special. Its solid at least, providing good rhythms and a good foundation for the other instruments to build on. The keyboard is where it gets intertesting. Very good atmospheric work form Marta. Sometimes, if you block out everything except the keyboards and drums, you can pretend like you're listening to black metal (not like you'de want to presumably). Most...alright, virtually all songs on the album have the same backing synth sounds from the keyboards. But it works. The background sounds add a different dimension during the nto-quite-as-brutal-as-they-could-be sections and help contribute what little melody we see with these guys.

What I like about these guys is that just when you think you've finally figured out exactly what genre they could be placed into, they do something a little different in the next song to throw things completely out of whack. By listening to On Wings of Lead, one could be tricked into thinking that they're a melodic metal band with clean singing and a flowing sound. Sweet Vampirous could decieve us into trying to lable them a hardcore band...a chaotic sound with random scales and an intensely heavy vibe adds a very brutal dimension, even if its not even a minute and a half long. And if you think they're a hugely sophistocated and intricate melodic death band by listening to Revenge I Seek, you would most definitely be wrong (not to slap them in the face). Number Seven With a Bullet also lied, they're not really a flat out metal band (well, the intro at least sounded like it). Each track has a little something different to offer and the slight differences in the sound/style of each song kind of keeps us on our toes while we eagerly wait for the next track.

This album is recommended for metal heads (to a certain degree) and metalcore type guys alike. Like I said above, its got a little something for everybody. They also do a good job of varying their style with each track without going to 'out there'. If you like on song chances are you'll like the entire album. But the sweet part is, I can say that since they managed to keep the same general sound without sounding too repetitive over time. Luckily, I can also say with experience that they are quite good live. Saw them last week on the Headbangers Ball Tour (Himsa, Bleeding Through, Arch Enemy, Cradle of Filth) and they were by far the most intense and aggressive band to play - that is, in terms of how the crowd reacted. There were about four pits going on at once...very dangerous. Feel free to download just make sure its your kind of thing...if it is, then by all means buy it. I'm not much into the genre, so if you are, I'm pretty sure you'll like it a hell of a lot more than I did.

Recommended tracks:
Love Lost in a Hail of Gun Fire
On Wings of Lead
City of the Condemned
Revenge I Seek

Pros:
Heavy, catchy sound
Fuses brutality and melody, -core with traditional metal

Cons:
Quickly sounds boring and generic
A waste of a keyboardist



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Comments:Add a Comment 
whatduffhuck7
February 18th 2005


163 Comments


i think this cd is 4.5/5 takes yime to get into but worth the time given. great cd

cbmartinez
March 31st 2005


2525 Comments


You guys need to listen to some different music.

emeryofnormajean
March 31st 2005


4 Comments


man what arey ou talkign about? if you cant handle the msuic go back to your pussy calssiv rock reviews

cbmartinez
March 31st 2005


2525 Comments


Hahahaha, you are an idiot.

Thor
June 29th 2005


10244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is one of my favorite metalcore CDs I own. It's a great album and is one of the best in the genre.



This Message Edited On 10.19.05

BuddyBigsby
June 29th 2005


531 Comments


What's wrong with you kids? Have you only heard like 2 metalcore bands? This band is garbage and this album is garbage.

Raiven
June 29th 2005


37 Comments


This album has two amazingly strong songs, the rest are confused and not upto par.

Love lost in a hail of gunfire is an amazing introduction, the rest of the album doesn't keep up too it, ditto with Wings of lead.

BuddyBigsby
June 30th 2005


531 Comments


"Wings of Lead" is the best thing they've ever written. Every thing else with a couple of exceptions is poo poo.

Huber
August 31st 2005


66 Comments


I have this album but I haven't gotten into it yet. There are a few pretty aesome songs though.

Apathy
September 18th 2005


645 Comments


Is the single version of "Love Lost In A Hail Of Gunfire" as heard on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball different from the actual version?

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Couldn't tell you. I don't think I've actually listened to this ince I reviewed it.

Apathy
September 18th 2005


645 Comments


I would buy this, if the cover art wasn't so damn violent.

cbmartinez
September 18th 2005


2525 Comments


That reminds me of something...

Apathy
September 18th 2005


645 Comments


What does?

cbmartinez
September 18th 2005


2525 Comments


Haha, that comment. It's just a bit of a joke with the guys in hardcore/emo. I said something along the lines of that and they always bust my balls about it.

RouteOne
September 18th 2005


3 Comments


If i want to listen to shit, i'll take a dump. Kthanx

_Tyler
September 18th 2005


23 Comments


i want to buy this cd but i dont know if my mom will let me

Shadows
Moderator
September 18th 2005


2530 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Hehehehehehe.... the band description was taken right from this review. It's a little subjective.

Thor
October 19th 2005


10244 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like Bleeding Through more than any other Metalcore band because they're really close to being generic metal if it wasn't for those darn frequent breakdowns. I hope on their next album they cut down on those.

Neoteric
October 19th 2005


3243 Comments


Poop to me. Maybe because I don't really like metalcore.



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