Bleeding Through
Love Will Kill All


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Davis CONTRIBUTOR (275 Reviews)
May 28th, 2018 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bleeding Through announce a swift return with one of the best albums of their career.

Whether you were a fan of the band back in the day or not, the news that Bleeding Through were to reform earlier this year for a new album seemed to have completely out of the blue. It wasn't long before this that people on facebook were intrigued by Brendan Schieppati's promotion of his own "Iron Son"-branded gymwear, (the name which was also given to one of his side projects whilst Bleeding Through were on hiatus". Alas, Bleeding Through are back, and by the sounds of comeback album Love will Kill All, the band aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

Love will Kill All essentially gives you the impression that Bleeding Through are performing as if 2008 had never ended, such is the conviction of the performance on the album. Sure, Bleeding Through never actually announced the hiatus until 2014, and had released a couple of albums more obviously influenced by black metal than anything resembling the metalcore sub-genre, but one listen to Love will Kill All will soundly remind you of the band in their prime, back when albums like The Truth and Declaration allowed Brendan and co. to take great strides to be at the top of the modern metal food chain. Just listen to the fast-paced, immediate likes of "Cold World" and "Dead Eyes", or the more organ-drenched "No One from Nowhere". Whichever style the band decide to go for, it's clear that the performance of every band member is a lot more energetic than anything on, say, The Great Fire which heralded the downbeat end of a musical career. The guitar work is as poignant and intricate as it can be, the more riff-led "Set Me Free" and "Slave" embracing blastbeats and essentially reflecting the band's still unapologetic penchant for black metal's more atmospheric flourishes.

There are still plenty of moments where the delivery of the rhythm section follows a sound, by-the-numbers formula within metalcore's more traditional tropes, as on first song proper "Fade into the Ash" and "Buried", but even here the focus is clearly on each members' performance of their particular instruments and not the sub-genre being played. Bleeding Through are clearly comfortable as a band here, and you can tell because of how fluent Love will Kill All seems, even on first listen. Sure, some of the more orchestral elements infecting the otherwise metallic substance of "Dead Eyes" and "No One From Nowhere" threaten to turn Bleeding Through's usual brand of blackened metalcore on its head and instead aim for a gothic metal sound not too far away from what Cradle of Filth were doing a decade ago, but somehow it fits really well. This isn't something you could say about The Great Fire, because with that effort the band were trying to shoehorn different elements in a none-too-gentle way, instead resulting in a mixed bag. Here, the songwriting and musicianship feels more fluent, immediate and generally easier to get into. Even Marta takes a stab at harmonizing her vocal work with Brandan, resulting in a flawless duet which finishes album closer "Life" on a real high.

Love will Kill All may not be an album created by Bleeding Through at the peak of their career, but it surely marks the stepping stones to get to that point. It is, essentially, the best album the band could have come up with considering their reformation hasn't been in active for long. A convincing performance and well-rounded display of instrumental confidence is what this comeback album is, more so for the band than their fanbase. It's as if 2008 had never ended.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2018


2571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

c/c welcome as always.

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neekafat
May 28th 2018


13324 Comments


unreasonably angry that there's not an "Us" in the title

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2018


14925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice rev linguist

MoosechriS
May 28th 2018


6351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review dude, loving this at the moment.

Confessed2005
May 28th 2018


4518 Comments


I like the band a lot and didn't realise this was coming out. Sounds like it could be worth checking out.

Hellscythe
May 28th 2018


3012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this rules

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 28th 2018


24487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

album is sick

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Nikkolae
May 28th 2018


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is fucking savage

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2018


14925 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm surprised by the love this is getting. I'd have thought sput would have shined against this

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2018


9123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a pretty angst driven release. Still beats most ‘mainstream’ releases in this genre so far this year

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2018


24487 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"I'm surprised by the love this is getting. I'd have thought sput would have shined against this"



Just curious, why do you feel that way Gonzo? These guys have always been decently popular around here, and this definitely has more an "old-school" metalcore feel which is generally better received around here than more modern iterations of the genre.





accompliceofmydeath
May 29th 2018


4689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was such a pleasant surprise. I've always been kinda "meh" on these guys, but this one is a step up.

Nikkolae
May 29th 2018


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Spirit: I can see where he's coming from, but i do think a lot of this has to do with nostalgia and the fact that they were never particularly bad musically, at least it does in my case

Nikkolae
May 29th 2018


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

double post woops

Hawks
May 29th 2018


64100 Comments


Gotta hear this.

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Nikkolae
May 29th 2018


5404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes u do

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2018


56228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This is not good lol, like not even in the realm of melodic metalcore

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2018


9123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You’re missing out. Also, it’s got less of a melodic metalcore and more of a metallic hardcore/metalcore vibe : )

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 30th 2018


9123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Double post

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
May 30th 2018


56228 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The riffs are lame and the vocals are pre bad. I could just listen to black dahlia murder



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