Bleed from Within
Humanity


3.5
great

Review

by Yeahtoast USER (19 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2010 | 37 replies | 9,825 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A very promising debut from Scottish extreme metal quintet.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

Following 2 successful demos, Bleed From Within released their debut album Humanity in the summer of 2009 via Rising Records. A record that shows the burgeoning potential the Glaswegians possess. In saying that, the quintet has not accomplished anything truly groundbreaking. Instead, they have fashioned an album that fits in neatly with the rest of today’s modern deathcore scene. Crafted in completely their style and never letting up on the brutality, if nothing else, from start to finish. While it may not be too overwhelming, it is nonetheless an exciting start for the Scots.

Kicking things off on this album is “The Awakening”. Clocking in at just over 2 minutes, we are bombarded with disastrous news broadcasts. This feeds into an eerie, ominous guitar melody which is quickly transcended by something in no short supply here, breakdowns. From this moment the album takes a step up in intensity, pounding its way through a mere 35 minutes of sheer belligerence. Pummeling breakdowns and savage riffs which are at times quite impressive, elements that are sure to send heads banging in a live setting. Second track “Damnation” does well to cement the band’s sound, sum up their attitude and overall exhibits what they have to offer. A chaotic riff which is complimented by some impressive drumming works well here. One of the album’s most impressive breakdowns is also on exhibition.

Vocalist Scott Kennedy delivers an assured performance despite the lack of anything particularly inventive about his personal talents. Both high and low notes alike are delivered confidently and with aggression. High end shrieks and guttural growls on “The Fall of Man” combine well with the riffs hurled at us. For some reason, however, I can’t help but feel there is something left in the tank, that he is not committing 100% to the performance. Something that in my opinion needs maturing if this band is to set themselves apart from the rest of the deathcore flock. Guitarists Dave Lennon and Craig Gowans intertwining is one of the highlights of this album. Their riffs are the core that keeps this album roaring right the way through. The potential for creating high-quality, memorable riffs is clear, though on this effort they do little to separate themselves from the infinitely swelling reservoir of less than memorable melodic thrashing. Their talents are best displayed on tracks such as the infectious “A Killer Is Born” and furious album closer “The Absence”. The many many breakdowns featured are really the only point where Davie Provian’s bass is truly present. The sound is all too often drowned out by the guitar tone, which could be a hassle if you’re looking for chunky gargantuan riffs.

Humanity offers little in the way of originality and utilizes nothing that hasn’t been done before. However, this is still a very solid, very enjoyable debut from an up and coming young act. A record well worth half an hour of your time and one that should please existing fans of the genre. If deathcore is not your thing you may find this somewhat inaccessible. One thing that must be called into question is the band’s progression from here. With a fresh release date fast approaching, one must wonder how Bleed From Within can mature and develop their sound. It may be an uphill task, although, with the right mind set and approach, not an impossible one. Watch this space.



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Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

As always guys, constructive criticism and advice welcome. Also if you notice any mistakes or typos let me know I thought this deserved a review!

taxidermist
April 23rd 2010



7195 Comments


Pretty good review

I need to do one soon

Servants of Divinity is a pretty good track



Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks taxidermist! I quite enjoy it, it's a good way to express an opinion even if no one gives a shit xD Sevants Of Divinity has some pretty sweet breakdowns!

taxidermist
April 23rd 2010



7195 Comments


You're welcome bro

I wish I could see this band live
I'd hella mosh to this album lol

Poor scene kids wouldn't see it coming

Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice to see there's a ghost neg already here, *sigh*.

Yeah they would be good live, they're pretty intense!

sspedding
April 23rd 2010



4751 Comments


Just checked out their myspace and was surprised. Their new album sounds really promising.

Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll be checking it out man, thanks!

sspedding
April 23rd 2010



4751 Comments


Jesus christ! Some of the riffing is All Shall Perish esque in melody. Their new one is to check out. Good review btw. pos.

bloozclooz
April 23rd 2010



1770 Comments


i'll be downloading this based on your review. wouldn't mind an ASP clone really.

Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks guys! :D yeah I did find some similarities to ASP mingled in there. It was nice to see lol but it's what I meant when I mentioned them not really doing anything new...still a good album though!

bloozclooz
April 23rd 2010



1770 Comments


holy crap this intro track is sweeettt

sspedding
April 23rd 2010



4751 Comments


Blooz did you download this or their new one - Empire?

Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's quite impressive! The immediate breakdown ook a while to grow on me but now I love it!

bloozclooz
April 23rd 2010



1770 Comments


downloaded this, is empire better?

and this album is too slow to be ASP

bloc
April 23rd 2010



34679 Comments


I feel as though the singer doesn't fit the music sometimes. His lows are perfect, but his higher range doesn't sound too good; I just don't feel the POWAAAAAAA.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

sspedding
April 23rd 2010



4751 Comments


You need Empire mate, this isn't really my thing from what I've heard of it.

Yeahtoast
April 23rd 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeeeah Empire sounds like a good one. I'll get looking into it!

bloc
April 23rd 2010



34679 Comments


LOL shit, I thought this was a review for Empires....That's what I was listening to off their myspace.

bloozclooz
April 23rd 2010



1770 Comments


lemme finish off this album, and i'll go find the newer one. thanks for pointing out this band bro

sspedding
April 23rd 2010



4751 Comments


No problem, thanks to you toast for pointing these out.

Also, just to clarify, I think a few of the leads in this are reminiscent of ASP. This is not fast enough or intense enough to be an
out and out clone.



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