ARTIST : Bleed From Within
LABEL : Century Media
RATING : 9/10
WORDS : Rob Kent
Power is something that isn’t earned overnight. Taking the time to implant your ethics and make a steady impression over time to climatically result in a mass following and interest is the ideal method of growth. Glasgow’s Bleed From Within have been what some may call a slow burner over the past decade. However, at this point in their career and with momentum behind them that most bands would dream of anticipating an album, the band has crucially delivered a phenomenal metal record that will ascend them into the history books.
The elements of Black, Death, and Thrash metal all uniting together to give birth to a musical melting pot of aggression, melody, and chaos that is a pleasure to experience
Opener “The End Of All We Know” hits with a piercing impact. The guitar work is at an immediate presence and the rhythm section compliments every guitar lick and riff perfectly. The chorus is huge with the layers of instrumentation working so well together, the band has taken their craft above and beyond. This track is sure to set any live setting a-light and win over any fan of heavy music. The tasteful and refreshing use of clean vocals is also present. Although only used slightly, it adds diversity and breaks down a boundary that was maybe there in the past and shows the band has embraced everything from all angles when building this record.
The first half of the record flows so smoothly with a continuous boastful presence of how just good this album is. From the consistent talent displayed from guitar players Craig Gowans and Steven Jones to the forward-thinking drumming from Ali Richardson and Bass playing that Cliff Burton would be proud of from Davie Provan. The elements of Black, Death, and Thrash metal all uniting together to give birth to a musical melting pot of aggression, melody, and chaos that is a pleasure to experience.
The introduction of electronics being used for an opening section and to sit in the backdrop of the mix comes alive in track two “Pathfinder”. A nice advance in the band’s sound and creative vision. This track truly an achievement that any metal band would be proud of. “Into Nothing” “Fall Away” and “Fracture” continue to push the bar and in every possible direction. From the building of textures and a progressive building in each track, the band has really shown how they have all grown as producers. With each section so well thought out, it is clear that this record is the pivotal point for this band.
This band are true artists in themselves and have taken modern heavy music forward in every way possible
The second half of the record is as enjoyable as the first. The listener is in the full swing of things now and truly comfortable in the experience this album is made to provide. Every second is so enjoyable and how can it not be? With the impactful guitar work of “Accend”, the monstrous riff in “Utopia” and Scott Kennedy’s phenomenal vocal conclusion in “A Death That None Dares”. Every track on this record is excellent and captivating. Bleed From Within has released a new record that should not be ignored.
What is also so humbling is that this record feels so natural and honest. This band are true artists in themselves and have taken modern heavy music forward in every way possible. They have made music for themselves and to participate in the growth and expansion of expressing their passion, but at the same time exceeded fans’ expectations and have absolutely taken Bleed From Within to new heights.
Fracture is out now via Century Media