Bleeding Through has arrived to stake their claim
as heir to the legacy of the heavy metal forefathers of yore. Think
we're kidding? Think this is just a bunch of hardcore kids playing
at the metal game? Well, there's a few believers you should talk
to, then. You'll have to argue with the guys in The Haunted, for
starters. And you'll be challenging the throngs of sweat-soaked
and satisfied metal-bred legions who've see Bleeding Through perform
live. Just take one listen to the tightly wound, convincingly proficient,
brutally pummeling and absolutely devastating sound of "This
Is Love, This Is Murderous" and there'll be no need for further
In the 1980's, a handful of teenagers in California
cobbled together the most potent parts of punk, hard rock and the
New Wave of British Heavy Metal and, injecting it with a fierce
dose of Venom and Motorhead, gave birth to thrash metal. And regardless
of which directions its fierce progeny wandered off to geographically
or musically' death metal, black metal or the hypnotic fusion of
hardcore punk and ' crossover' histrionics ' a fist-pumping urgency
remained a consistent thread.
Today that power continues to pump life into a few
musical wrecking crews that hold the torch aloft for true blooded,
life-affirming metal: bands like Himsa, Shadows Fall and Killswitch
Engage, or even Soilwork and In Flames. Groups who are the sum total
of their influences, yet a fresh breath of life carrying a new identity
altogether. With the twin-guitar depth of Scott Danough and Brian
Leppke, the brutal and dynamic dance floor drive of bassist Ryan
Wombacher and drummer Derek Youngsma, the Nordic-enhanced and lush
keyboard atmospherics of Marta and the throat defying roar of former
Throwdown/ Eighteen Visions guitarist Brandan Schieppati, Bleeding
Through are redefining the parameters of heavy music in yet another
invigorating new strain.
In the roughly four years since their inception, the
Orange County outfit's musically muscular intimidation, clearly
focused purpose and irrepressible drive has allowed Bleeding Through
to savagely claw their way up from the hardcore underground and
quickly become a force to be reckoned with across several genres.
Imagine the heaviness of Cannibal Corpse, the fierce yet melodic
sensibilities of At the Gates and the undeniable credibility of
Hatebreed, and you may begin to formulate some idea of what this
band can do. There's a reason why the guys in Lamb of God know Bleeding
Through's name and alternately, on the other end of the spectrum,
Davey Havok (singer of AFI) wears their T-shirt on MTV and his band
takes them on tour.
Bleeding Through's crossover appeal should come as no surprise as
they're a group nourished on metal since their youth yet trained
by punk's personal politics to cast away the genre's limiting pretensions.
To be blunt, they're not above getting in a van. They don't expect
to get rich. But they also aren't pushing any agenda. Their only
mission is to devastate the stage.
"This Is Love, This Is Murderous" threatens
to be the band's defining work. A groundswell of supporters in their
Southern California homebase have devotedly chanted along with the
band's tales of betrayal, resistance, absolution, redemption and
honor since the release of the band's already landmark' "Portrait
of the Goddess'" and the primitive bellow of 2001's "Dust
to Ashes" before that. And now, "This Is Love, This Is
Murderous" sees them fully realizing their potential, with
the recording process finally being able to catch up to and capture
the quintet's capabilities. And on the strength of this masterpiece,
you'll soon see Bleeding Through's dark, Samhain like image, uplifting
and engaging stage persona and blackened and New-Wave-of-Swedish-Heavy-Metal-charged
devastation attack your town.
Get ready to be a believer yourself.
- Ryan Downey