Bleeding Through
Declaration


4.0
excellent

Review

by promiseswept USER (14 Reviews)
April 13th, 2011 | 15 replies | 4,100 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Heavily influenced by symphonic metal, Bleeding Through construct the most respectable and thought provoking CD of their discography with Declaration.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Declaration is a grower. While The Truth and even This Is Love, This Is Murderous were piss-poor attempts at modern metalcore and made little use of the competent Marta, Declaration is a coming of age tale for Bleeding Through. Gone are the gimmicks, the general vibe of immaturity, and the background noise Marta used to provide. With Bleeding Through's self-titled bringing the band back down to metalcore's sad, bland reality, this CD was the epitome of what the band could have (and should have) been.

Mose of the lyrical content in Declaration focuses on general disdain of Trustkill Records stemming from the label's unpaid royalties to the band. While he might be beating a dead horse a little bit by only focusing on that, Brandan also finds an interesting way of filling the void by giving narratives of how the band fared and felt in different locations around the world (I.E. "Germany," "French Inquisition," "The Loving Memory Of England"). While maybe not completely original, he does a great job of bringing an element to metalcore that the genre as a whole has been severely lacking lately: emotion. Brandan's grating scream has vastly improved on this CD, as he now utilizes a very high and above-average black metal-influenced tone as well. The singing has also greatly improved, as Brandan and bass player Ryan trade off melodies in the blistering "Death Anxiety." Ryan also shines in the epic closer "Sister Charlatan," which is an above average track even outside of the genre. Even if this CD doesn't hit the nerve it did with me, even if you think it's nothing new, at least listen to that one track.

Devin Townsend (engineer, producer) makes Declaration shine from a production standpoint. While The Truth sounded very raw, Declaration is a slick and well produced CD that also manages to stay away from the gimmicks and fake sound of modern metalcore CD's these days. The drum tones achieved perfectly compliment the upbeat and heavy music tonality, and fills and kick rolls don't get lost in themselves or sound muddy, even at the fastest points of the record. Marta's keys and strings are utilized extremely well on Declaration, especially on "Declaration," "Sister Charlatan," and "There Was A Flood." Four stringed musicians (two violins, one cello, and one viola player) also round out the ensemble.

There aren't too many negatives to Declaration. If I had to nitpick, the guitars CAN get occasionally lost in the mix, especially during the string-heavy passages of "Declaration" and "Sister Charlatan." Some of the weaker tracks on the record are not coincidentally the most standard metalcore tracks, including "Reborn From Isolation" and "Beneath The Gray." While Brandan's vocals ALMOST save those songs from mediocrity, in large doses it is still not enough. The drums can also stray towards the clicky sounding on blast-beat passages and faster 32nd note double kick rolls, which in itself may not be a bad thing for all listeners, but may be if you like exclusively natural sounding records.

Overall, Declaration was a huge step up for the Orange County, CA band. While Bleeding Through has sunk back down to mediocrity with their self-titled, Declaration was a huge step up for the sextet and showed what they could have been. With stand out tracks such as "Germany," "Declaration," and "Sister Charlatan," Bleeding Through showed they could have been very respectable in their genre and scene for many years to come. Here's to hoping they return to form, and soon, before they are lost forever with the countless other metalcore bands.



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cjmenard
April 13th 2011



15 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Ryan also shines in the epic closer "Sister Charlatan," which is an above average track even outside of the genre. Even if this CD doesn't hit the nerve it did with me, even if you think it's nothing new, at least listen to that one track.

Totally agree with this. The rest of the album is just okay to me, but that song is amazing.

defjaw83
April 13th 2011



1763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haven't listened to this in ages. I remember thinking it was pretty sweet

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promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

thanks dudes! I have been into it so much lately haha fucking BT binge

defjaw83
April 13th 2011



1763 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is Love is my favourite by them, prob coz it's the first thing I heard from them and it blew me away. The Truth kind of sucked

promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

lol agreed. I like for love and failing and confession

Apollo
April 13th 2011



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love love love this album

Don't care what anyone says, it's amazing

promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

apollo- that's what up. been super into lately and almost changed it to 4.5
andcas- I kind of like the truth better, with the exception of the tracks line in the sand, love in slow motion, and return to sender lol

promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I NO LONGER ADMIRE YEWWWWWWWWWWWW

promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

exactly. the whole album has so much atmosphere

cvlts
April 13th 2011



8917 Comments


album is sooooooo fucking heavy.

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halloway
April 13th 2011



684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed, super underrated.

promiseswept
April 13th 2011



846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

more people need to listen to this. it has so much depth

Shuyin
November 10th 2011



10432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

everything got a thousand times better

Digging: All the Empires of the World - Sunscraper

ToMMyMiL116
December 25th 2011



1474 Comments


I'm gonna start listening to this album n this band as I have never really noticed these guys..... I like the song that andcas recommended to me....pretty heavy with good vocals and competent musicianship... I'm not much of a metalcore guy but i wanna give this band a shot.

Shuyin
December 25th 2011



10432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this has keyboards, and a little black metal added up too o/



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