Psychotic Waltz
Bleeding


5.0
classic

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
June 21st, 2008 | 33 replies | 9,665 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘Bleeding’ is exactly what ‘Mosquito’ should have been - everything that made Psychotic Waltz great condensed into shorter, catchier songs and a more accessible melodic sound.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Some fans were unhappy with Psychotic Waltz’s previous release, ‘Mosquito’, which simplified the typical Psychotic Waltz formula by removing the complex progressive arrangements and replacing them with a simpler, more pop-orientated psychedelic sound. Instead of returning to their prog roots with ‘Bleeding’, Psychotic Waltz continue along the lines of ‘Mosquito’, a move that easily could have ended in disaster. However, Psychotic Waltz manage to improve the sound in every way, creating what many see as their best work.

The most noticeable change between this and ‘Mosquito’ is the production. The thin fuzzy production that hindered ‘Mosquito’ has been replaced with a new richer sound that brings back the deep and dreamy atmosphere of ‘Into the Everflow’, though it is not quite as dark this time around.

The fluid guitar riffs contribute immensely to this mysterious dream-like atmosphere. Melodies merge smoothly around each other giving the album a free-floating style. The song-writing is much improved from that of ‘Mosquito’. The melodies are catchier and better written than before, and the riffs more powerful, with more ‘groove’. The guitar solos too are more melodic and impressive. It is clear that Psychotic Waltz have adapted completely to their new style, which they didn’t quite manage to do with ‘Mosquito’.

While ’Mosquito’ felt disjointed as it seemed to be trying to be mellow most of the time but ruined the atmosphere at times by trying to be ‘heavy’, the mix on ‘Bleeding’ is much better. For a metal album it is still very light, though songs are slightly heavier than those on ‘Mosquito’. On’ Bleeding’ it doesn’t sound like the two styles are combating each other like it did before, but instead blend together perfectly, giving the album more variety. Songs like ‘Sleep’ and ‘Bleeding’ contrast the styles brilliantly, while songs like ‘Skeleton’ focus more on the heavier side. There’s also a beautiful Jethro Tull inspired song, ’My Grave’, with acoustic guitar and flute played by vocalist Buddy Lackey.

Buddy Lackey’s singing is very much back on form here. While on ‘Mosquito’ the vocals were often nasally and buried by the down-tempo production, here they soar above the music. The singing is not quite as varied as on the first 2 albums, but the more controlled mellow singing used here is very impressive and fits perfectly with the dreamy music. However, due to his very unique and often high-pitched singing style, the singing could be a bit of an acquired taste for some, even though it is much more ordinary than it was in the early albums.

The lyrics are also simplified a bit more but are still much better than most metal lyrics, showing the amazing lyric-writing skill of Buddy Lackey. As with most Psychotic Waltz, the lyrics have a psychedelic theme.

The musicianship, as always with the band, is superb, with all of the members easily able to play the material completely accurately. Even though the bass is quite prominent in ‘Bleeding’, the absence of their amazing bassist Ward Evans luckily isn’t a problem as he has been replaced by the equally great Phil Cuttino, who managed to create some fantastic bass-lines here.

‘Bleeding’ is exactly what ‘Mosquito’ should have been - everything that made Psychotic Waltz great condensed into shorter, catchier songs and a more accessible melodic sound. Even though it's arguably not quite as strong as the first few albums, anyone new to the band should start here.



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Willie
Moderator
June 21st 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are one band that are definitely under-rated. Just look at the total
indifference all four of their reviews have received on this site for proof.

Someone needs to take the plunge and just get this album. If you can handle "prog
vocals" (Fates Warning-style) and like bands such as newer Fates Warning or even
Porcupine Tree then you should get this.This Message Edited On 06.21.08

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username345
June 21st 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

True. There are so many people who would love this if they gave it a chance...

EStreetFan
June 21st 2008



89 Comments


I need to hunt down a copy of this. I love the hell out of Into the Everflow and A Social Grace, though it took me a bit to get used to their sound.

Lunarfall
June 22nd 2008



3177 Comments


Someone needs to take the plunge and just get this album. If you can handle "prog
vocals" (Fates Warning-style) and like bands such as newer Fates Warning or even
Porcupine Tree then you should get this.
Then maybe I should look into these guys. Would it be a good idea to start with this album?This Message Edited On 06.22.08

username345
June 22nd 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yes.

MonorailCat
June 27th 2008



118 Comments


You guys convinced me with the Porcupine Tree comment, I'm getting this sometime tonight

Willie
Moderator
June 28th 2008



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You won't be sorry. Make sure to come back with your impressions.

GenNarain
October 1st 2009



781 Comments


I will make it my mission to get this. I won't eat until I do.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2010



5612 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my all time favorite metal albums.

However i like "Mosquito" better because of its "moist" atmosphere...

Too bad these guys were disbanded because of a ridiculous law suit from a member of their road crew...

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scissorlocked
June 7th 2010



3479 Comments


masterpiece.

my grave is still one of the most delicate songs

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KILL
November 9th 2010



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules so hard great review too

YankeeDudel
September 11th 2012



9291 Comments


crazy underrated band. they're highly rated everywhere I look yet they still never really broke through for some reason.

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Spag
October 2nd 2012



1669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album!

KILL
October 2nd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their worst i reckon but rocks yea


KILL
October 2nd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

actually no i forgot about mosquito

evilford
October 3rd 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

gotta check this, A Social Grace is prob gonna end up at 5 and Into The Everflow is a strong 4.

KILL
October 3rd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is less technical and prog than their early works but its really catchy so it rocks

evilford
October 3rd 2012



19994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet

KILL
October 3rd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

bleeding is sooooooooo good

KILL
October 3rd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck ur dick



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