Bleed from Within
Era


3.0
good

Review

by Chamberbelain USER (214 Reviews)
August 25th, 2018 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “You could have been so much more.”

There are some bands that just miss out. These bands are those that showed exceptional potential at some point in their career- not necessarily as soon as they formed- but, unfortunately, they didn’t meet the lofty level of popularity that they teased originally. Along with bands such as Unearth, Palm Reader, Feed the Rhino and Rolo Tomassi, to name a few, Bleed from Within never seemed to gain the attention that they deserved; especially back in 2013 when the band’s third album, “Uprising”, was released.

At the time, “Uprising” demonstrated that its creators were brave enough to infuse their deathcore roots with melodies, an album from a relatively fresh band which was destructive in its own rights yet easily accessible. Accompanying that success was the band’s strong live performances which in turn helped them squeeze through the heavily bottlenecked metalcore scene. At the time, it was a huge success; five years later, however, you can start to unravel why Bleed from Within never rose to the same heights as some of their more renowned peers such as While She Sleeps and Architects.

Naturally, a five-year gap between albums for a band the size of Bleed from Within doesn’t swell their status as a band that could be the next Lamb of God. Nevertheless, their new album “Era” builds on its predecessors’ success, not so much progressing its sound but ironing out any hidden creases that “Uprising” missed. “Clarity” instantly sets the tone with dramatic riffs which gyrate around abrasive drum fills and swerve into coiled breakdowns. Every song thereafter echoes the same proficient standard of songwriting as the first, exhibiting just enough variation to distinguish one song from another. During the chorus, “Afterlife” unleashes a colossal groove that stomps around Scott Kennedy’s visceral vocals with enough force to leave a lasting impression on your mind. “Alone in the Sun” and “Drag You to the Ground” are also commendable for their oily riffs which constantly meander around the bombardment of bass slides and blast beats without sacrificing their infectious potency.

Clearly, they have the talent and Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood’s production job is fiercely precise, yet, Bleed from Within are held back by themselves only. Sticking as close to home as they did five years ago while continuing to utilise the same techniques that countless other metalcore bands are still doing weakens the capabilities that they evidently demonstrate. Perhaps this is the underlying problem as to how they never raise their head above others. Beginning the songs- or certain movements with them-with a fade in to maximise the impact of when the mosh-call or breakdown makes, Scott Kennedy’s isolated screaming with a faint distortion of guitars in the background, these blunt techniques are scattered generously across “Era”. While it is a good album, it is so overflowing with influence that Bleed from within leave no room for innovation on this record.

The constant rise of metalcore bands has decreased dramatically in the time it has taken Bleed from Within to release their fourth album thus its release is not lost amongst the masses like their last album was. Many will agree that is an excellent modern metalcore album, full of infectious guitar leads and Scott Kennedy is one of metalcore’s best vocalists. However, in a time where Architects, Parkway Drive, Trivium and While She Sleeps are swiftly becoming the biggest bands in metal, most people’s sights will, once again, end up diverted away from Bleed from Within.



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Toondude10
August 25th 2018


15195 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

good review but disagreed hard, this is way better than a 3

Chamberbelain
August 25th 2018


149 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was toying with a 3.5 but considering it's been out a while and I have only returned to it once I didn't think it had a strong ebough reply value. Still good though.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2018


18258 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is an easy 3.5/5. It’s the album metalcore desperately needed this year. Ruina is becoming my most played track of 2018.



Thanks for finally popping an analysis for this on the site. I’ve got a draft floating around somewhere but from what I can remember it reads like wet camel poo.

bloc
August 27th 2018


70400 Comments


Dang weren't we just talking about this album a few days ago? For a metalcore album in 2018, this thing was great. Super underrated for sure.

SteakByrnes
August 27th 2018


30129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was great, I haven't heard the whole thing since it came out tho so I gotta see if it holds up

Risodo
August 27th 2018


666 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

pretty good review and nice album, 3.0 is too low

Confessed2005
August 27th 2018


5730 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's decent but generic.



Great riffs but standard UK deathcore.

MalConstant
September 19th 2018


290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band is basically the UK Parkway Drive. Album totally rules and is probably the best melodic metalcore album since Unearth's last album.

NonApplicable
October 15th 2018


3017 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

These guys are such beasts. I'm so happy they came back with a record that's even better than Uprising.

McCookie
March 9th 2019


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a great album! I've been listening to it on repeat all this week. I actually just discovered this band. I checked out their older stuff but don't really like it as much as this. To me, this sounds a lot like a slightly improved version of an As I Lay Dying album without cleans. In fact, if you told me it was them I probably would have believed it. And yes, production is incredible. Everything sounds super tight. Anyway, I get the comments though about being somewhat generic. It's a very solid album but the songs can all kinda blend together and it's very possible that it could get old quick. But for now at least I'm jamming out to it big time!

McCookie
March 9th 2019


27 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also I noticed the vocalist used a lot more variation in his screams on their older stuff but sticks to kind of the same mid-range scream all throughout. So that's a bit of a drawback too, but still very good I think.

heck
August 16th 2019


7169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is so good. what melodic metalcore should be right now.

Beardog
December 4th 2019


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really liked this

bloc
December 4th 2019


70400 Comments


https://youtu.be/I0u-9QZMXAk

Dang these sons sound good live

Beardog
March 27th 2020


5275 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

their new song goes hard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3CSbg-1OUg

FR33L0RD
May 30th 2020


6400 Comments


« AfterLife » rule hard.
If the rest of the LP is equally good. I might get this.

TheNotrap
Staff Reviewer
June 4th 2020


18997 Comments


New album has a handful of great riffs. These guys, or at least the guitarist, love Psycroptic.

FR33L0RD
June 4th 2020


6400 Comments


Cool!

bloc
August 27th 2020


70400 Comments


Just heard Fracture and it was pretty solid

bellovddd
August 9th 2023


6583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dropped a new song. not to bad



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