Within Temptation
Bleed Out


3.5
great

Review

by pizzamachine USER (631 Reviews)
October 25th, 2023 | 60 replies


Release Date: 10/20/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: a few riffs for your riff or treat bag

For better or derp, this new album is exactly what you can expect from Within Temptation these sacred days. First thing you’ll notice is that the heavy guitars are back. They’re really back, and they haven’t riffed this hard in oh, many moons ago. You’ll also notice an attempt to string together an entire discography’s worth of ideas, including gothic metal influence, symphonic moments, and pop. At times they’ll swing into one direction more heavily, but the overall idea is very poppy, heavy, bombastic metal.

With their always excellent singer, and tight production, Within Temptation are still as reknown for their effectiveness as ever. They’ve earned it, they deserve it, and they’ve travelled a far distance since their debut. This (obviously) means the band have evolved. Their symphonic aesthetic is a shade of what it once was, occasionally giving an old vibe, but often in the background. A lush illustration? Not quite, but more so a vibrant splashing of colour.

There’s no let up in this release, and every corner is packed with pop hooks and heavy riffs. Incredibly, their aging singer sounds as great ever, hitting blistering high notes with the force of a fireman taking out a fire. The choruses feel huge thanks to the singer’s presence, making more average songs like Shed My Skin sound massive. There are times when it seems like Within Temptation are forgetting what makes them unique. Suddenly a song like Cyanide Love pops on oozing darkness with those ethereal vocals we’ve come to love.

There’s some great riffs here that will surprise. However, the high point and main draw of the band remains their singer. The singer’s incredible versatility gives way to delicate and empowered vocals that continue to stun. Whether or not you want those gorgeous vocals in mainstream symphonic pop metal is your choice. Their market is incredibly consistent, and the band keep hitting. The market for this type of music is very strong these days, and having such a beautiful singing voice is a massive plus amidst so many average bands with clunky, forgotten singers. See Within Temptation live, though, and your mind may be blown.

Aside from some zany riffs, there aren’t too many surprises in this album. Easy come easy go, it’s another paycheck for WT, but not a particularly memorable album either. At times, songs feel like leftovers from other albums, and the symphonic orchestration is rather tame altogether. This one’s for the pop hooks, which are great, but not always holding attention. It doesn’t sound like the band took too many risks with this album, and hence produced what was expected of them. Don’t Pray For Me is one of the spicier cuts here, but it sounds like a copy of their The Heart Of Everything era.

Within Temptation brought their typical music, but the result is something less iconic. Compare this album to Hydra and the contrast is stark; they took risks in Hydra. In that release they brought a rapper in, and the songs altogether felt drastically different. One does not get the same feeling from Bleed Out, which begins to feel like a copy of a copy. It’s full of great tunes, and they will wow you, but they may not be tunes worth dying for.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
bellovddd
October 25th 2023


6327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

riff or treat bag lol gunna have to check this

Trifolium
October 25th 2023


39242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Interesting...!

kalkwiese
October 25th 2023


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice, gonna read the review later

Album is alright, but I don't like the direction. I need more memorable instrumentation and better melodies

Azazzel
October 25th 2023


937 Comments


gotta finish this but it was off to a great start. enjoyed their Hellfest set on youtube very much.

pizzamachine
October 25th 2023


27338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Didn’t check but I sure will now

Tundra
October 25th 2023


9800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

solid stuff ngl, catchy very big sounds, great timbres on the guitars, riffs hit hard

pizzamachine
October 25th 2023


27338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah this is my kinda shizz, but objectively it’s a 3.5

Tundra
October 25th 2023


9800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

music is only subjective not objective, silly

Tundra
October 25th 2023


9800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this gives me that BABYMETAL very modern overproduced kind of sound, I get it's very divisive, but I really like it lol

Willie
Moderator
October 25th 2023


20214 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

Nice review. I have a review done for this... I'll post it tomorrow instead of now.



Edit: It pretty much says what you said, anyway. Riffs are back, Sharon is the main draw... personally this is top 3 with The Silent Force and The Unforgiving.



Did you ever listen to the new Blackbriar album? Anyone that likes this band (especially the older stuff) would like them.

pizzamachine
October 25th 2023


27338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idk where’d I’d place this, but I’m loving the shit out of it. Haven’t checked Blackbriar yet :O, I’ll get on that next

kalkwiese
October 25th 2023


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Top 3? This? Whut? I think it's weak in comparison to anything up until The Unforgiving

kalkwiese
October 25th 2023


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Gonna check Blackbriar

kalkwiese
October 25th 2023


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Far Distant Land sounds very much like Mother Earth. I dig it

bellovddd
October 25th 2023


6327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty catchy. i like

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2023


32053 Comments


I didn't like this as much as I thought I would.

Honestly didn't even finish it.

Trifolium
October 26th 2023


39242 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah I don't get it either kalk. Guess we like other things from WT.

kalkwiese
October 26th 2023


10472 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yea, like ... there are riffs, sure, but I don't feel like this is heavy. Some dj0ntz here and there, but they're hardly memorable. Not that WT was ever known for that, but they had some good instrumental hooks before. Also the vocal melodies have been better in the past, even though this has a few catchy tunes

ToSmokMuzyki
October 26th 2023


11316 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

this sucks balls

Gavierra
October 26th 2023


425 Comments


Still leagues better than Nordland II agreed



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