Bleeding Through
The Great Fire


3.5
great

Review

by Rory Amoy USER (5 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2012 | 11 replies | 1,391 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "The Great Fire" gives fans the best of what they love about Bleeding Through, whilst adding new aspects which make for a fresh, unique and overall very worthwhile experience.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Bleeding Through, the six-piece Synthesised Black Metal act hailing from Orange County, California. They have had a rather consistent career among said genre and "The Great Fire" is as good, if not better, than some of it's predecessors' efforts.

Although "Synthesised Black Metal" is suggested genre for the band, it is impossible to narrow "The Great Fire" down to just one form of metal. With influences from metalcore and hardcore, the album's different techniques and sounds blend in exceptionally well, but still keep the theme strong. Whether it be Brandan's ruthless screams, the relentless pounding of the lightning fast drums, the crushing guitar riffs or the chilling melody of Marta's keyboard, every aspect just feels like it was meant to be together. This is a very strong, positive point for the album.

This release opens with "The March", blasting you into a mind crunching breakdown which sets the mood for what most of the album is: raw, aggressive music with melodic roots. Songs such as "Faith In Fire", "Step Back In Line" and "Starving Vultures" follow this mood particularly well, with more of the breakdowns and "in-your-face" aggression that we've come to love from Bleeding Through. But what makes this album unique is the way that the keyboards and clean vocals have been incorporated into this aggression which makes for a well structured and addictive experience. "Walking Dead" is one of the many tracks which showcases just how well the band can incorporate keyboard melodies into aggressive music, with every chorus being as much haunting as intrusive. On the other hand, tracks like "Final Hours" and "Trail of Seclusion" give us the opportunity to take a look into Brandan's lighter side, with clean, singing vocals which harmonise well with the powerful guitar and keyboard work.

Something should be said about the drumming and bass work on this effort too. A very noticeable aspect in many songs is the rampant, lightning-fast drumming which accompanies the shredding of guitars. However, the speed of the drums can be quite questionable and in many of these sections, Derek's position feels like it has been replaced with digital software because the 64th double bass notes sound incomprehensibly quick to be executed by human feet. Although the drumming is impressive, these fast sections may make some fans question the musical authenticity of the band if they have to rely on editing to make their work sound good. But, editing aside, the bass work on "The Great Fire" is very good. You can hear the warlike the tremors of the bass in every breakdown and it is used very well as the foundation for the band's music. It is impressive to know that this album was self-produced, with little to no guidance from a qualified record producer.

In conclusion, Bleeding Through's "The Great Fire" force feeds us the best of what we love but also shows fans what else the band can do in different aspects of their musicality. I'd recommend it to any fan of Metalcore, Black Metal or Hardcore.

Songs To Listen To:

"Final Hours"
"Walking Dead"
"Starving Vultures"
"Trail of Seclusion"


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KSK1 (3.5)
Bleeding Through have definitely redeemed themselves after the abomination that was their s/t album ...

Apollo (2.5)
Bleeding Through continue to blend Orange County tough-guy hardcore with symphonic black metal eleme...


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Willie
Moderator
June 22nd 2012



15876 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The only album I've heard by them, but I love it.

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BallsToTheWall
June 22nd 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude

Shuyin
June 22nd 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you need to try Declaration then, its by far their best

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2012



1840 Comments


I kind of lost interest in this band a few years ago, after the band's self-titled album was released. Need to try this out sometime. Good review, but I thought it could have done with a proper conclusion.

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RAWZ95
June 22nd 2012



11 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback everyone. It's my first review on here, so I appreciate any guidance you could give me on how to make my reviews better.

MoosechriS
June 23rd 2012



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review dude, pos'd. Still think declaration is the bands best work myself, but this is a good solid album from them.

TomArnoldsArmpit
June 23rd 2012



2989 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I kept 2 songs from this in my library. not a bad review though

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2012



7971 Comments


yeah theyll never touch Declaration again. I would touch Marta again and again and again though

NWOAHM666
June 28th 2012



849 Comments


Bleeding Through is black metal? Really?

taylormemer
June 28th 2012



4913 Comments


666

Shuyin
June 28th 2012



11106 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

'Bleeding Through is black metal? Really?'

they take a few elements, mostly in here and Declaration.



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