Bleeding Through
The Great Fire


2.5
average

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
January 30th, 2012 | 150 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bleeding Through continue to blend Orange County tough-guy hardcore with symphonic black metal elements culminating in a somewhat disappointing effort.

Bleeding Through have been one of those bands that seem to be more miss than hit. While 2006's The Truth was bland and inoffensive watered down metalcore, 2008's Declaration was surprisingly great, perfecting the bands odd mix of metalcore/hardcore with slight black metal elements. Similar to the recent self titled Bleeding Through, The Great Fire continues the descent of the band into almost a deathcore sound, amping up the keyboards in the mix and proving this is not necessarily a great thing.

The keys seem to overpower everything else in the mix and are overused, sometimes to detrimental effect of many songs on the album. Some sections of the keys such as in Walking Dead, used sparingly and tastefully add listening value to an otherwise forgettable song. The production is muddy, and yet this has always been the case with Bleeding Through. The guitars have always been damn near impossible to distinguish from each other and the severely downtuned power chords that the forgettable guitarists play, are difficult to differentiate. One notable exception is the solo in The Devil and Self Doubt which is complex and intriguing to listen to. The drumming, which on Declaration was fantastic, is now for the most part a bland mix of blast beats and faster hardcore patterns with little variation.

Vocalist Brandon Schiepatti's tough guy lyrics on The Great Fire remain in the same vein as previous albums, concentrating on themes of revenge, cheating ex'sand of course his ever present fascination with death and the beyond. Vocally however, it's impressive he still sounds so good after ten years of barking and screaming when many other vocalists in the industry have lost the ability. There are some very positive things as well. Some of the black metal sections such as in Step Back In Line add an effective measure of brutality done right. In fact, out of anything the band has done, the symphonic black metal influences are strongest on The Great Fire. Trail of Seclusion sounds unlike anything the band has done before, sounding almost like an 80's hair metal throwback mixed with breakdowns and some great tremolo picking. The song lengths are short and for fans of this type of music, they at least keep from meandering.

It seems as if Bleeding Through may eventually end up primarily giving into the black metal side they have shown on the last 3 albums, and this is not a bad thing. The black metal/hardcore style they have developed is somewhat unique and credit is given from this reviewer as The Great Fire is at least an attempt to do something different from many of the bands peers. Fans of Declaration may want to give this a listen as it has some familiar, stylistically bludgeoning elements however, unless you really like Bleeding Through, chances are you will reach the same conclusion I did: this is for the most part, painfully average.



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Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Streaming here: http://music.aol.ca/new-releases-full-cds/#/5

5th album in



Hawks
January 30th 2012


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review buddy. I actually like pretty much everything I've heard from this band so I'm gonna check this out eventually.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
January 30th 2012


50587 Comments


Bleeding Through release an average album
What a surprise!

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's not bad at all, just derivative!

I'll spin it a few more times, it might end up being a 3

Nikkolae
January 30th 2012


4860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

bought a shirt from this guys yesterday at le thrift store, best buck i've ever spent, does this resemble new WOP at all? if so im sooo not checking this out

Digging: Cursed Graves - Western Blood

Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

not sure Nikkolae, I don't listen to Winds of Plague

Nikkolae
January 30th 2012


4860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

it sounds pretty much like what you said this sounds, metal/deathcore with alot of wigga attitude and some keyboards thrown into the mix. aight i'll check it out anyways.

Shuyin
January 30th 2012


11832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

declaration was so cool, need to give this one a chance.

Digging: Yoko Kanno - Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex OST Vol 1

AfterTheBreakdown
January 30th 2012


7158 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Nice Review I agreed with the rating.

Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ya I'm a fairly big fan too. This Is Love and Declaration are both awesome albums. But The Truth and ST sucked pretty hard.

As said before, I could see this maybe going up to a 3 eventually

Nikkolae
January 30th 2012


4860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is actually really good, i like it loads but Declaration is still their best work

Timmons
January 30th 2012


561 Comments


this guy is such a good vocalist. just terrible lyrics and some of the music is so dry.

bloc
January 30th 2012


34926 Comments


Probably going to avoid this. Band hasn't been good on the last few albums.

J0ckstrapsFTW
January 30th 2012


3652 Comments


"Bleeding Through release an average album
What a surprise!"(2)


cvlts
January 30th 2012


8967 Comments


declaration was hevydevy

Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My first feature!!!! :D :D :D

Thanks Mods!

TheSpirit
January 30th 2012


17930 Comments


not even going to bother with this

good review though dude, and congrats on the feature :D

MO
January 30th 2012


18866 Comments


nice review and feature buddy

"The keys seem to overpower everything else in the mix and are overused to a detrimental effect."

this reads funny to me, just "overused to detrimental effect"? I could be wrong who knows

BallsToTheWall
January 30th 2012


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This shit fucking kills hard.

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Apollo
January 30th 2012


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Spirit and Metallic!

I think you are right Metallic, I'm going to change that.

I just made some edits, I think it flows a bit better now.



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