Bleeding Through
The Truth


3.0
good

Review

by Drunken Viking USER (20 Reviews)
September 4th, 2006 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


"It was the best of times; it was the worst of times;
it was the age of wisdom; it was the age of foolishness;
it was the epoch of belief; it was the epoch of incredulity;
it was the season of Light; it was the season of Darkness;
it was the spring of hope; it was the winter of despair;
we had everything before us; we had nothing before us;
we were all going direct to Heaven; we were all going direct
the other way..." - Charles Dickinson (A Tale Of Two Cities)

Why the dramatic intro? Well this statement actually rings true for Bleeding Through's The Truth. In this I mean it has it's awesome moments; but it has its crappy moments It has its brilliant riffs; and its incredibly generic riffs It has it's good songs; and its filler songs. Get the point? The Truth is the latest record from the metalcore band Bleeding Through, and by far their most mature. After such albums as Portrait of a Goddess, and This is love; This is Murderous they already had a strong following. However they lacked that certain edge, nothing separated them from the pack. With The Truth Bleeding Through have certainly progressed and matured, but they also have a generic feel at parts of their songs, keeping them from being a truly amazing band.

The Truth like previously stated has its ups and downs. For example, the very first song on the album For Love and Failing is probably the best song on the album. It's really the Bleeding Through song, but in consequence The Pain Killer sounds like generic crap. This goes true for half the songs on The Truth. It's not so much that the entire song is generic sounding, but more that it's either the song structure is predictable but the riffs are unique, or visa versa.

Even through all of the generic moments this album is not without merit, Brandon Schieppati is certainly a more than capable vocalist. He doesn't have the biggest range in the world, but his clean vocals are still pretty good. He has a strong voice, his screams are incredibly powerful. The double tracking of vocals are also used minimally. Obviously his cleans are harmonized, but for the most part that's it. They're are going to be a few places where screams are put over cleans, or two vocal lines overlap, but that's about it. I like that about Bleeding Through, they don't put anything on the album they can't translate over to live.

Scott Danough and Brian Leppke have definitely shaped up for The Truth. They have really matured in terms of technicality and song writing. One of their best pieces is Line In The Sand, a power ballad and a damn good one at that. The guitar solo on here is simply amazing, brimming with emotion and feel it's really spectacular. However, these guys while good guitarists aren't great. They write a lot of bland and uninspired riffs. Not to say they don't write very good and original riffs, but songs like Return To Sender and Dearly Demented sound so generic and like filler that it's really hard to appreciate them at points.

The rhythm section on The Truth is really right. Ryan Wombacher, and Derek Youngsma, and most of the times Scott and Brian really blend together well. Derek is really an amazing drummer, he has some fast feet and hands, but also brilliant feel and mind blowing technicality. Sadly Ryan's bass is rarely heard, but when it is he really shows whys he's in the band. On Line In The Sand you can hear him really clearly for most the song, and he really showcases his talent there.

One of the main problems with this album (besides the generic feel) is the lyrics. While having an amazing voice, Brandon really isn't a great lyricist. Most of his lyrics deal with relationships and heartache. He is also very cliche in many of lyrics. Most of the time they are at least bearable, but The Pain Killer's are really very bad. "I'm driving the nails through your hands/ So you can't fuck the life out of me/ You won't fuck the life out of me/ You can't fuck the life out of me/ I never loved you/ You can't fuck the life out of me/ You won't fuck the life out of me" are generic lyrics at their best. Kill To Believe while being a highlight of the album couldn't save itself from bland lyrics. "Now what do you want from me/ When I've sacrificed my heart so you can be set free/ And time will never cure this disease/ I'm only left with tired arms to stop from drowning"

In conclusion I'm torn about this album, it has it's really standout tracks like Line in the Sand, Love In Slow Motion, Kill To Believe, For Love and Failing, and Tragedy Of Empty Streets, but it also has it's fair share of crap. She's gone, Dearly Demented, and Return to Sender make up for this. The other songs on the album are really in between, they both have their decent moments, and their generic moments. My final statement, buy this album if you're into metalcore, but if not you should probably leave this one on the shelf.



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Thor
September 5th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Excellent review, although I think I like this album a little more than you do.

Tragedy of Empty Streets owns hard.

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ToWhatEnd
September 5th 2006


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

One thing about reviewing in general, please don't bold both the band name and the album, little rough on the eyes. Also make sure you keep it consistent throughout, ie don't bold the band name in one paragraph than put it in italics. (I'm probably just being a nag so don't worry about it)

Nice writing though, I feel the same way you do about the record in that it has its ups and downs, seems like a hit or miss for the most part.

SCREAM!
September 5th 2006


10391 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review. I thought this cd was good. Way better than their first.

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Drunken Viking
September 5th 2006


1023 Comments


Thanks for the comments guys.

/Shameless bump.

Shadows
Moderator
September 5th 2006


2530 Comments


SWEET review. I used to like Bleeding Through but that faded pretty quickly. They put on a great live show but the novelty wore off over time.

loathed
September 6th 2006


174 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is...okay i guess. line in the sand is a great song...

Thor
September 9th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's a shame that these guys don't solo as much as they really should.

Drunken Viking
September 9th 2006


1023 Comments


Line In The Sand's solo was awesome, but that's like the only one.

f_u_c_t
September 18th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I came back and listened to this album one more good time today, and I forgot how truly bada** it is.

Thor
September 18th 2006


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tragedy of Empty Streets is what these guys should sound like all of the time. The riffs on that song are so killer.

f_u_c_t
September 18th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is such a huge step from TIL,TIM. Deciding to sing a little bit here and there couldn't of been a better decision.

Drunken Viking
September 18th 2006


1023 Comments


I think he has a rather strong clean voice.

f_u_c_t
September 18th 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

for being a screamer, it is a pretty clean voice.

butacska
September 21st 2006


1 Comments


I have an Ibanez RGT42DX electric guitar autographed by the Bleeding Through. If you are interested in buying it, e-mail me at romvarimaria@gmail.com.

LifeInABox
February 1st 2007


3709 Comments


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LifeInABox
February 8th 2007


3709 Comments


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iamrockzorz
February 8th 2007


1029 Comments


its repetitive to me. i think ill give it another chance.

LifeInABox
February 8th 2007


3709 Comments


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LifeInABox
February 8th 2007


3709 Comments


what single was it?

ToWhatEnd
February 9th 2007


3172 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I have found myself enjoying this more each listen. But seriously this review is so spot on as most of the record is hit or miss.



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