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The Bled

The Bled: Pass The FlaskPass The Flask (2003)
Fiddler Records

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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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Borrowing liberally from Converge, and the "Songs to Fan the Flames"-era Refused, and infusing it with an eerie sense of melody, Pass the Flask is a real accomplishment. The band dabbles with severe tempo changes, moving from over the top chaos to ringing guitars and mumbled vocals, all without f.
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Borrowing liberally from Converge, and the "Songs to Fan the Flames"-era Refused, and infusing it with an eerie sense of melody, Pass the Flask is a real accomplishment. The band dabbles with severe tempo changes, moving from over the top chaos to ringing guitars and mumbled vocals, all without falling into the dreaded emo-core trap. To put it in perspective, if most emo-core is crying on the phone to your ex-girlfriend, this is screaming alone in your room and planning your revenge.

Mixing tongue-in-cheek lyrical ferocity in the vein of Every Time I Die with sudden, erratic time shifts, and pained melodic elements buried under a crushing weight of distorted guitars, complete with riveting breakdowns shouldn't be so accessible, but Pass the Flask could genuinely crossover to the kids for whom metalcore is completely alien. Even though a cursory listen would probably leave you labelling the band as following the current trend of slightly melodic hardcore bands, a closer listen reveals significantly more.

Like the downbeat two minute opening of Porcelain Hearts and Hammers for Teeth where vocalist James Munoz mumbles "You pour the liquor on the staircase, girl. / Pass the flask and close your eyes. Are you grieving for what we've become?/ Are you running from that room? / We set the evidence on fire." the melancholy quiet betraying the imminent explosion. Or the viciousness of Dale Earnhardt's Seatbelt where he screams The signal flares will light the way to the scene of the accident where we'll dance like a pile of teeth in a broken mouth..

I doubt anything will unseat Hot Damn! as the best heavy record released this year, but Pass the Flask runs a close second; and I can unabashedly claim this as the best full-length debut of this year.

 

 
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thurstonXwhore (February 14, 2007)

"To put it in perspective, if most emo-core is crying on the phone to your ex-girlfriend, this is screaming alone in your room and planning your revenge."

That was the stupidest thing I have ever read. Aside from the fact you obviously don't know what emocore is.

Let's get the record straight. This is not hardcore. It's cheesy, screamy metal. My friend showed me this shit a couple years ago and I hated it. I still do. It's incredibly dull. If you want to listen to a good metal band that'll drive your parents up a wall listen to Botch or Converge. Even the first couple of Metallica albums will get the job done.

Anonymous (June 17, 2005)

This Bands Fucking Awesome, but they got to bring back Michael Celi (the old Bassist).
"Gone Without Trendy Gear"
-Celi (Last Words before he Left)

Anonymous (May 29, 2005)

not hardcore, but good.

Anonymous (May 24, 2005)

I think that the bled is a very good and a very talented band
this is there first cd.......i think, and it was a great fuckin CD.
whoever out ther likes hardcore......or metal....you gotta get this fucking album...
you know whos seatbelt...........great fuckin song......
IM NOT FUCKIN KIDDING, GET THIS FUCKIN ALBUM BITCHES!!!

Anonymous (May 7, 2005)

the bled is pretty good but everyone gives them too much credit. most of the songs follow the same mid-tempo with typical breakdowns.... plus they signed to vagrant records..that cant be good. all in all this is a good cd and the vocals are very good but they need to change up the songs more and experiment with different tempos.. however..get up you son of a bitch... is great and should be on all your hardcore mix tapes. by the way this is not metal ok whoever said this is metal is ignorant. have you even read the lyrics? that (and a bunch of other reasons) make them hardcore. all in all pretty good but it sort of all sounds the same. if you want something incredible listen to dillinger escape plan.

Anonymous (April 25, 2005)

THE BLED is fuckin awesome! this is a great fuckin album! you know whos seat belt is the best song on the fuckin abum if u get the cd u gotta listen to that song

Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

fuck everytime i die. the bled fucken owns

Anonymous (February 4, 2005)

The bled kicks some major ass, and if you dont like them you're fuckin crazy

Anonymous (January 28, 2005)

the bled rocks my world!-NIKE

Anonymous (October 21, 2004)

can't believe i hadnt heard this band before now... they are fucking ace

Anonymous (August 16, 2004)

FUCK! Now thats Screamo music. It gave me a headache. Maybe its good, I dont know....I just dont like Screamo music...which I found out right now.....Screaming is okay in small doses.....But someone screaming at me for 3 minutes? No thanks, I get enough of that with my mom thank you very much.

SiD

Anonymous (June 10, 2004)

Hardcore

Anonymous (June 10, 2004)

fucking hardcore

Anonymous (June 7, 2004)

and nofx is awsome

Anonymous (June 7, 2004)

its good an all but alot of the songs sound the same. but good.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

This is how hardcore should sound! Brilliant

-bemused-

fuckuaurora (May 2, 2004)

this album is simply incredible, a non-stop play. if these guys ever when on tour with ETID, shit would go down that's how goddamn good it would be.
fuck u all,
FUCKUAurora

Dyrwen (April 17, 2004)

This band is spectactular. The album is replayable like no else. The voice is great at every moment.I cannot get enough of The Bled. See them live if you can, it betters the experience as exponentially. Just an amazing band.

Anonymous (January 21, 2004)

this band is soooooooo gooooooooood. seriously a must own if you are into technical breakdowns (number 2) or just comletely fucking intense breakdowns (sound of sulfur) these guys serve it up.

Anonymous (January 20, 2004)

this cd had already surpassed hot damn before it was released...etid..too much of the same..the bled change things up nicely and know where they want to go..they are hardcore gods.

musical-monkey (September 13, 2003)

What the hell is with the packaging in the special edition? That weird booklet.
Good cd.

aubin (September 5, 2003)

I'm a wuss; I edited out the lame intro. I think the review looks better now.

aubin (September 4, 2003)

I don't use any file sharing programs. And I don't have a PC, so I couldn't install Kazaa anyway. Well, I emailed the band and I'm interviewing them next week so I'll just ask them.

Anonymous (September 4, 2003)

the songs on the 'his first crush' ep are very easy to find on numerous file sharing programs(kazaa, etc)

aubin (September 3, 2003)

I would love to find the EP, but it's not available anywhere. Apparently, the label it was on folded, and the band has copies, but no sign of them anywhere.

I even checked ebay...

Anonymous (September 3, 2003)

If you guys like them despite their new vocalist, you should love their songs from His First Crush and their 7", when they had Adam Goss, and their vocals didn't sound so forced.

Anonymous (September 1, 2003)

they're metal. not hardcore.

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

i like em'

FortyMinutesWest (August 31, 2003)

Meh

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

Hey, the bled, i hate to break this to you.. But ugh.... A bunch of us got together and weve agreed that you suck fat dong. Posted-by: the american music scene

Anonymous (August 31, 2003)

word has it that the drummer has only been playing for two years or something like that. this is a great record, but the super clean producing thing is getting pretty fucking annoying.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

there's nothing wrong with nofx.

-scotty

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

"I didn't really like Hot Damn! that much...but I've only listened to it once or twice."

that's probably because your name is punkcorekid, you are 15 years old and love nofx.

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

i would of mentioned the insanely TIGHT rhythm section... specifically the double bass work (for example the breakdown in track 2).... it's just superb....

Anonymous (August 30, 2003)

i am so sick of the word pretentious. Jesus Christ, use a diferent word.

GreenVandal (August 30, 2003)

boring

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

This is great, every few seconds there is a lull or something then it just grabs you by the neck and chokes the shit out of ya.

punkcorekid (August 29, 2003)

I didn't really like Hot Damn! that much...but I've only listened to it once or twice.

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

the bled are good

Anonymous (August 29, 2003)

Quite an impressive effort! Mountains better than the EP.
-JD0e

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