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The Bled

The Bled: Found In The FloodFound In The Flood (2005)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: AubinAubin
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On Pass The Flask, the Bled revealed themselves as the product of two influences -- not even two bands, but two specific records. The first was Radiohead's The Bends and the second was Converge's When Forever Comes Crashing. Every song could be traced back to those albums, and the result was a harsh.
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On Pass The Flask, the Bled revealed themselves as the product of two influences -- not even two bands, but two specific records. The first was Radiohead's The Bends and the second was Converge's When Forever Comes Crashing. Every song could be traced back to those albums, and the result was a harsh, melodic indulgence.

With that in mind, it's clear that Found In The Flood is much the result of the same band, but with the balance between those two influences shifted somewhat. Instead of again allowing their more ferocious nature to dominate as it did on Flask, Flood sees the band reeling back the visceral aggression and experimenting with more melody and restrained tempos.

The result isn't bad at all, but it seems to lose its way at times. Vocalist James Munoz seems particularly adept at unleashing a mighty scream, but is not the most careful of singers, and seems to have drained some of the intensity out of his vocals. That's not to say that Munoz comes across as an auto-tuned prepubescent mess like so many so-called metalcore vocalists. It is simply that the vocals lack much of the bite from their previous efforts; they're not bad, simply bland.

The album opens with "Hotel Corral Essex," which originally surfaced in 2004 in a rougher form. Re-recorded but also reimagined, the song finds Munoz screaming, mumbling and singing cleanly in an impressively diverse performance and making for one of the stronger tracks on the album.

Later, the band returns to chaotic form on the discordant, angular "Gutter Shark," but unfortunately doesn't stay in this vein for too long. The next track, "My Assassin," lacks bite, while "Antarctica" grates on the nerves with its frustrating vocals and complete lack of denouement. At no point does the track release any of the tension that it builds, and if you're going to record a near-six minute song, it damn well better go somewhere.

Thankfully, the band seems to regain its footing with "She Calls Home," which finally manages to unite the vocal styles Munoz plays with. Later tracks like "Millionaires" and "I Don't Keep With Liars Anymore" manage to similarly harness the dynamic and are accordingly successful.

Producer Mark Trombino shows that his time in Drive Like Jehu gave him a thorough understanding of how to record more discordant bands, and his work on the album is stellar throughout. Trombino innately understands that this style of music is not served by pushing the vocals so high in the mix as to make the instruments inaudible; instead, he treats the vocals like another instrument and provides a perfect balance.

Change can be good; growth even more so. The album has enough power and intensity to maintain interest and while the strong tracks are great, the weak ones are frustratingly bland. The album lacks the coherency and clarity of Pass The Flask and as such fails to topple that record as the definitive recording of the band to date.

 

 
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Anonymous (January 7, 2006)

umm. i don't know if i got a defunct album or something but is anyone else's last track on the album like 38 minutes long... 34 of those minutes are basically the same 3 guitar notes?

Infrarecon (December 13, 2005)

I think this review sums up the album pretty well

Anonymous (September 8, 2005)

track 4 shows their musical talent, altho not my favorite, it's a very complex and awesome song, i love this cd.

Anonymous (September 3, 2005)

I have to agree, thats one reason i love munoz as a singer, tho hes no whitney houston lol he has a lot of passion in his screaming and singing. his voice just adds to the music that the whole song becomes amazingly passionate and intense and makes u feel whatever emotion...but it makes u feel, be it annoyed or in love or sad or angry or happy, be what it may it makes u feel something. thats how u know they achieved their goal as song makers.

Anonymous (August 31, 2005)

C'mon guys, he uses words like "crushing distorted guitars" and "dissonant vocals layered beneath a blah blah blah fucking bed of roses"
Just because you can fucking pick apart each element of the song with fancy adjectives doesn't mean ur smart. Who doesnt love hearing James scream "WEVE GOT ALOT RIDING ON THIS ONE! SO SAVE YOUR BULLETS FOR THE CALL BACKS!!"
I mean shit so much fuckin energy in his voice at that point I would pay for a CD of him just screaming like that.

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

Its growing on me

Anonymous (August 29, 2005)

LOL ya ummmm no im not in the band but i did play at warped tour with them and got to be backstage and watch and chat with the guys and they're really smart and nice. the show they put on!!! :| all i can say...ive never felt a band more then i did when i saw them....these guys put on an intense (very tight) live show.

joeg (August 27, 2005)

"YA THAT'S RIGHT 9! Reading through these comments is hilarious, are u all critiqueing it as bad to be trendy?...ya thats what i thought. First of all this review was horrible and clearly the writer is a total punkhead and seems to only like the really fast stuff. Now everyone here says "pass the flask" was better. well the thing is neither is better, theyre both great in their different ways. The best point by the writer of this review was that this album was less about aggression unlike "pass the flask". Now don't get me wrong the singer isnt the best of singers but he is decent and has an interesting style that has a lot of emotion in it, which is what music is about isnt it? its about expressing urself not just how crazy u can go. I found this album captures those two contrasts well, while it has its crazy moments it still has nice melodic moments that show that sometimes less is more, its sign of growth. this band's sound is obviously maturing and branching out, and i respect them for such a choice of action. I found the contrasts between the songs made a very listenable album becuz it wasnt just one constant on-going of loud music making it like a story (which it clearly is) rather then just a piece of music for the sake of music. If u didn't like this album that's fine and if u don't like the band that's fine but these are talented musicians who have worked to get where they are and deserve respect for their abilities as a band and as individual musicians, so don't talk shit about them until i see u play better.

ps. to the guy who said "the bled wants to be glassjaw when they grow up" ....first of all they are totally different, i mean theyre not even the same style and i mean in any case, as great as glassjaw is, the bled are better players (tho i think both BANDS are great). And second what do u want to be when u grow up? some low-life masturbating loser who thinks he's a wise ass?....so i guess ur grown up then right?"

so which member of the band are you?

davebrave4 (August 27, 2005)

Yeah the guy below me's mostly right on about why it doesn't suck. Except track 4. Thaat sucks.

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

YA THAT'S RIGHT 9! Reading through these comments is hilarious, are u all critiqueing it as bad to be trendy?...ya thats what i thought. First of all this review was horrible and clearly the writer is a total punkhead and seems to only like the really fast stuff. Now everyone here says "pass the flask" was better. well the thing is neither is better, theyre both great in their different ways. The best point by the writer of this review was that this album was less about aggression unlike "pass the flask". Now don't get me wrong the singer isnt the best of singers but he is decent and has an interesting style that has a lot of emotion in it, which is what music is about isnt it? its about expressing urself not just how crazy u can go. I found this album captures those two contrasts well, while it has its crazy moments it still has nice melodic moments that show that sometimes less is more, its sign of growth. this band's sound is obviously maturing and branching out, and i respect them for such a choice of action. I found the contrasts between the songs made a very listenable album becuz it wasnt just one constant on-going of loud music making it like a story (which it clearly is) rather then just a piece of music for the sake of music. If u didn't like this album that's fine and if u don't like the band that's fine but these are talented musicians who have worked to get where they are and deserve respect for their abilities as a band and as individual musicians, so don't talk shit about them until i see u play better.

ps. to the guy who said "the bled wants to be glassjaw when they grow up" ....first of all they are totally different, i mean theyre not even the same style and i mean in any case, as great as glassjaw is, the bled are better players (tho i think both BANDS are great). And second what do u want to be when u grow up? some low-life masturbating loser who thinks he's a wise ass?....so i guess ur grown up then right?

Anonymous (August 27, 2005)

shut up and listen to neil perry

kenfuggit (August 27, 2005)

Nothing sends me running away like saying a band sounds like a cross between two other bands I hate.

-Ken

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

Icapped2pac (August 25, 2005)

I'm gonna reiterate my comment on the Minus The Bear review and say that I haven't given this enough spins yet, but I really don't see it ever being as good as the first album. Man, does that album kick my fucking ass. It totally blew me away the first few times I heard it.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

3 stars? Whatever this album is clearly shit.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

I haven't heard this yet, but I love their first release, so I will give it a few tries before I pass judgement. I often find my opinions change after more than one listen. Writing an opinion after one quick listen through should not be allowed.

inagreendase (August 25, 2005)

Am I really the only one that likes this? I'm into my second listen of this and it's rather good. A lot of their previous elements are still there, and even that "My Assasin" single is really well-integrated, somehow.

Inspection12e (August 25, 2005)

I bought this only because it was 6.99. Needless to say I shouldn't have bought this. I figured if I hated it I could atleast get 5 or 6 bucks for it. I'm gonnoa give it a couple more listens. Once I get a little tired of Minus The Bear and Criteria.

kirbypuckett (August 25, 2005)

OMFG Where's teh Lifetime review?!?!

- Kirby

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

I don't think you can use the words "hardcore" and "the bled" in the same sentence and take yourself seriously, what is it with everybody not knowing what hardcore is nowadays, it seems to be like,

nu metal>coporate pop punk>faux emo>metalcore.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

"skrappy's kids are gay."

Hahahaha. TRUE.

aubin (August 25, 2005)

Chaos and stuff is cool and all, but it is good to have bands that have melody too.

To be fair, Converge was always melodic; they're not a melodic band exactly, but there were plenty of melodies on When Forever Comes Crashing and Petitioning the Empty Sky. What was so great about those albums is how sparingly the melodic passages were used, and to such great effect.

davebrave4 (August 24, 2005)

I really like Converge, and I can totally see how they changed the face of hardcore music with their chaotic dissonance. However, I am tired of every "hardcore" band trying to imitate this sound instead of doing their own thing. Chaos and stuff is cool and all, but it is good to have bands that have melody too. I think that in all respects this album is almost every bit as good as Pass the Flask. PTF was an amazing album, and it is implausible for anyone to try to compare new work to it, but the new album comes pretty close. Oh, and were you serious in your comparison to the All-American Rejects? I mean, come on. Seriously.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

So do these guy sound like All-American Rejects or what?

SkolarX (August 24, 2005)

anyone else finding it funny that less than a month ago just about everyone on here was all over aws's nuts and now they are all dogging them? i was just looking through here and noticed that. what happened, they start getting too popular for you guys?

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

skrappy's kids are gay.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

this shit suckssss

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

best cover art of 2005.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

"ps. Husker Du was the best melodic hardcore band ever...don't believe me? Listen to their version of Eight Miles High "melodic hardcore" has been done to death and done better a long long time ago!"

This dude is so very correct, they make the best covers ever, along with Leatherface.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

boring boring boring
always tape machine recording
i heard all this before
your emotions make you a monster

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

Good cd...but slightly dissappointing...lacks punch

fritobandito (August 24, 2005)

I still get a kick out of their old album. This one has it's moments, and these guys definitely know how to do the metalcore "dropping of the shit" with the open chords, but it gets a bit repetitive and trite.

Cover art's fucking killer though.

rkl (August 24, 2005)

The Bled - Found In The Flood
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-08-23 20:54:19

ps. Husker Du was the best melodic hardcore band ever...don't believe me? Listen to their version of Eight Miles High "melodic hardcore" has been done to death and done better a long long time ago!

im going to have to disagree with you and say dag nasty, even though shitty bands like aws take direct influence from them.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

A crappy band sucks? Boggles the mind.

-Will

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

ps. Husker Du was the best melodic hardcore band ever...don't believe me? Listen to their version of Eight Miles High "melodic hardcore" has been done to death and done better a long long time ago!

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I'm still wondering when the AWS is going to come out...for some reason they've re-issued mute print with some new artwork and called it Ruiner...anyone else know when that NEW AWS record's supposed to come out?

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Aws vs against mevs strung out part 3

jamespastepunk (August 23, 2005)

2005 Award of the year Contenders:

Darkest Hour "Undoing Ruin"
Every Time I Die "Gutter Phenemenon"

You can't be serious.

stevejonestherealbones (August 23, 2005)

"That new AWS record sounds like a poor man's Artist in the Ambulance...some songs on it are really good but most are just filler."

are we still doing this? or did you bring this up again in all seriousness? cause i'm down to do it again...just m,aking sure

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

"That new AWS record sounds like a poor man's Artist in the Ambulance...some songs on it are really good but most are just filler."

I'm sorry I know it's commonplace to compare Wilhelm Scream to Thrice. But I just don't see it. Thrice is more along the lines of the nu-screamo bullshit like Thursday but with metallic guitar lines. Wilhelm Scream is melodic hardcore with diverse song structures and is more akin to Strung Out. I fail to see the similarity to Thrice.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Best thing i read in this article was Drive Like Jehu, then i got bored and tried to rip my eyes out.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

A High ten for clicheness, next stop for you MTV i'm afriad, and possiblly a mixtape for 12-17 year old boys and girls.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

this is horrible...I'm so sick of the album of the year shit...

That new AWS record sounds like a poor man's Artist in the Ambulance...some songs on it are really good but most are just filler.

Radiohead and Converge are not that cool to refrence by the way.

crazytoledo (August 23, 2005)

2005 Award of the year Contenders:

Darkest Hour "Undoing Ruin"
Every Time I Die "Gutter Phenemenon"

What CD will make that list next?

joeg (August 23, 2005)

horrible band. simply horrible.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I miss F2F :( -oldpunker- also Automatic 7

vocalyouth (August 23, 2005)

Whatever it is, almost every band who had albums previous to being on Vagrant go downhill fast once signing to the label.

Anyway, I don't like the Bled much anyway. Pass The Flask had a few good songs. The stuff I have heard from this isn't impressive, though.

aubin (August 23, 2005)

vagrant ruins another band

You know, I don't get this attitude. If this album had been better than their debut, no one would be giving the credit to Vagrant, but if the band doesn't top their old one, everyone blames the label.

Munoz wasn't even a songwriter on the first album and it's been years and band members since that one. There are a lot of possible reasons for the shift in the album, but none of them could be attributed to Vagrant.

Timis (August 23, 2005)

i dig this album. i do hear the radiohead and glassjaw influences for sure on this album. however this is not a bad thing. personally i like this album better then pass the flask. i had to be in the "right" mood to listen to PTF.

first track reminds me of something the refused would do if they were still around

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

why do people like this lame ass fake hardcore? sick of it all and agnostic front, now that's more like it! cmon now people.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

i rarely listen to any "hardcore" music, but pass the flask was really good.

colin (August 23, 2005)

horrible, horrible, horrible.

such a regression from the awesomeness that was "pass the flask"

vagrant ruins another band

rkl (August 23, 2005)

why the hell would anyone want to be glassjaw?

moneenerd (August 23, 2005)

The Bled wants to be Glassjaw when it grows up.

theundergroundscene (August 23, 2005)

a lot of high class shit came out today

my guess is it'd be up friday

skolarx (August 23, 2005)

i listened to this last week, thought it was great until track 4 when he started singing. some people should just stick to screaming

jamespastepunk (August 23, 2005)

Anyone know where the Rise Against reissue review is?

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Wow......my John Doe review isnt up yet? You guys must be really backed up with reviews.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

The Bends??? Explain?

-Bemused-

Archangel (August 23, 2005)

Where the HELL is the Every Time I Die review?

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