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Bleeding Through

Bleeding Through: The TruthThe Truth (2006)
Trustkill Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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The last thing I would do is blame a band for delivering exactly what they promise. But oddly enough, some of the criticisms people have of Bleeding Through come from the fact that they play metalcore and seem completely unashamed of that fact. It's strange that the genre is so divisive; many ha.
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The last thing I would do is blame a band for delivering exactly what they promise. But oddly enough, some of the criticisms people have of Bleeding Through come from the fact that they play metalcore and seem completely unashamed of that fact.

It's strange that the genre is so divisive; many have written it off entirely while others have embraced it completely, taking even lousy bands that are in turn exalting them to fame. But in this rather wide spanning genre of hardcore-influenced metal or metal-influenced hardcore, there are the very good, and the very bad. I would contend that not only is Bleeding Through one of the former, they succeed admirably in addressing most complaints I had about their last album, This Is Love, This Is Murderous.

That album suffered from a handful of foundational problems; the keyboards seemed to serve little or no purpose, the band seemed a little aimless with their songs and some of them were far too long. With The Truth, the band has successfully incorporated the keyboards, not just as a flourish but as an essential part of the songs; in addition, the songs have been stripped down to their important parts, and the whole album is far more confident and energetic.

"For Love and Falling" comes out of the gate at escape velocity and the album manages to maintain that tempo for almost its entirety except for the somewhat odd "ballad" in "Line in the Sand." I'm not entirely clear on the role of that song on the album, but I suppose any decent metal band needs an excuse to get those lighters in the air. Thankfully, songs like "She's Gone" are so unabashedly heavy and vicious that you can't help but find them compelling.

With The Truth, the band has really delivered a near-exceptional metalcore release, though the genre-specific habit of destroying momentum to throw in a "hooky" melodic vocal line still seems to afflict some of the songs. The trouble with that is not just that the entire bands seems to come to a halt to accomodate it, but the fact that the melodies are well carried by Marta's keyboards; in fact, some of their best moments are the contrasting harshness of Brandan Schieppati's vocals and her more gentle keyboard lines.

In August of 2005, Schieppati promised a far more "blunt and direct" album and The Truth certainly delivers not just that, but a memorable album that manages to surpass their peers in almost every way.

 

 
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Satelliteyrs (October 2, 2006)

love this cd.
seen em 3 times and eat it up

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

You guys and Marta are Fucking Awesome ....See you in Scranton at Ozzfest... Rock on

crazytoledo (March 30, 2006)

Anything more than a one out of five is a little much.

This isn't that bad, but it's like grinding nails down a chalk board in summer school, it's boring as hell and serves not one purpose. It's moments are highly out numbered by the boring, dull portions everywhere else.

God, they could have at least done something to keep it at least a little bit more interesting.

Anonymous (March 25, 2006)

Fucking sick ass cd.

Anonymous (February 18, 2006)

New producer, new sound. The first great album of the year

Anonymous (February 7, 2006)

You guys are all amazingly stupid.
This album is wonderful.
The lyrics are great..
The music is great.
The band is great.

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

"ps. if you don't like the band.
then why bother listening to them?"

Here's a thougt, perhaps you heard them for a first time and they sucked, kinda shits on your theory?

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

ps. if you don't like the band.
then why bother listening to them?

it's your REALLY STUPID opinion, other people should just kick you in the ass for it, keep that shit to yourself,
okaythanksgoodbye,
for wasting everyone's life.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

it's called time, pussies.
everything changes.

look at the scene,
how infested with posers & faggots it is now.

deny anything; everything. all you want.
but all of it eventually changes,
and music is definitely one of the things that changes over time.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

haha.. bit hot under the collar ay mate!... that's no worries. Passion is an all too rare commodity these days. Something this last BT record could do with. Genuine passion

It may interest you to know I have been a BT fan since late 2001 when I first heard "Dust to Ashes". It was ok, but the follow up "Portrait of the Goddess" was a fucking masterpiece and one of my favourite records ever. "This is love..." was a bit of a let down but still quite good. Yeah, i dont really like this record, but hey 3 from 4 records aint bad. I still consider myself a fan.
The reason I brought up the dvd quote was to share the incredulity I felt when I learned that all the lyrics (4 albums worth!!!) stem from an incident when Brandon was 15!! Who the fuck knows what love and forever and true betrayal is when you're 15? It just seems a little melodramatic to me.. and it pains me to say that because the words to one of my very favourite records have much less impact and relevance than i had once imagined

~alexwank

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

What's more lame is that you wasted your time watching a DVD of a band you clearly dislike for seemingly no other reason than to pick up on things to criticize them about. If you honestly can't think of anything more productive to do with your time than that, then I would seriously recommend that you murder yourself right now and leave a note to your parents telling them to forward all of your meals to a starving child in Africa who might actually choose to contribute in the tiniest way to this world. But seriously....way to go man, you're awesome.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

"lyrics written by a 14yr old jr high girl whose boyfriend just dumped her."

you're not far off.. in their dvd the singer reveals that the source of all his lyrics was a hard time he had with one particular girl... WHEN HE WAS 15!!!
i dont know even know where to begin on how fucking pathetic, retarded and straight-up lame that is

~alexwank

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

keyboards suck..can the guitarists not play? or did they want someones girlfriend to be in the band.

lyrics written by a 14yr old jr high girl whose boyfriend just dumped her.

shatterspine (January 29, 2006)

im not sure which song it was on the stream that had the vocalist saying "i wrote your name on my prison wall" but that has to be an instant classic.

swank (January 28, 2006)

This is that band with the moderately hot girl, and like 6 dudes who all look like fucking timmies, right?

Yeah, fuck this band. Learn how to write songs.

etwiels88 (January 28, 2006)

The cover is pretty heavy, dude. Score is for that

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

this cover art reminds me of that scene in "Munich" where the one dude got shot through the face. gross.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

this is the worst band of this style, i think.

all image, terrible lyrics, boring music.

i don't understand how they got so popular.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

Hi guyz, if you enjoy good emo punk music plz check out my band! we're getting signed very soon!!! but plz, only people with good taste in punk emo should check it out cuz we rock so hard and have TONS of emotiun! feel free to leave a messuge and let us kno how much u enjoyd it!

http://www.myspace.com/therequiemrocks

punk emo???? Hmmm i think you need to listen to more Rites Of Spring, Floodgate, Portraits Of The Past Jawbreaker, oh and turn MTV off.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

as the logo on the album says "contains controversial artwork" ohhhh that's original for a metalcore band!, look Bleeding Through you fucking pousers, the only controversial act they're has ever been has been Crass, and they were controversary with a purpose.

LaidToWaste (January 28, 2006)

they're on tour with every time i die, that has to count for something

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 28, 2006)

alexwank: This is 95% dark tranquility and 3-4 hatebreed riffs. That does not make it hardcore.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

"i don't think he had any clean vocals on the second record, there are some but the avenged singer sang them on "saint, savior, salvation"

there are clean vocals on wake of orion, turns cold to the touch and just another pretty face all from their 2nd cd 'portrait of the goddess'. however there was none on the 1st record/demo 'dust to ashes'

"This is just metal, not metalcore.There is really no hardcore influence"

that's fucking rubbish. i would agree that their other cd's have been metal but this is the most hardcore sounding thing they've done.. much of the metal 'at the gates' note based riffing has been replaced by more hardcore sounding chord progressions. and the drums are far more simple than previously... thats why i dont like this record. they took the good shit out... yeah they coulda cut the songs down and kept it "blunt and direct", but still had some quality music
dont get me wrong i'm not saying it's pure HC. it's not fucking paint it black but it's not dark tranquility either

this band now blows.. between the image and this shit cd, they've lost it. 'portrait of the goddess' was fucking amazing and at the time of that cd they had very little to no fashioncore/mascara bullshit going on

~alexwank

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

Yeah, Venom had nothing to do with the creation of black metal. They just influenced the way those bands looked, wrote their lyrics and produced their albums. Silly me.

-Will

rkl (January 28, 2006)

venom isnt anything close to black metal.
youre the anchors of the comment side

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

i call bullshit on these guys. booo

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Just because Venom have a song called Black Metal doesn't mean that they are Black Metal, lame-ooooooo.

Bowling for Soup have a song called Punk Rock 101.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Hi guyz, if you enjoy good emo punk music plz check out my band! we're getting signed very soon!!! but plz, only people with good taste in punk emo should check it out cuz we rock so hard and have TONS of emotiun! feel free to leave a messuge and let us kno how much u enjoyd it!

http://www.myspace.com/therequiemrocks

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

I wish more of these bands tried to do Venom... But I think that's the Black Metal scene, not metalcore.

-Will

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

G-E-N-E-R-I-C fake hardcore (metal as it used to be known)

rkl (January 27, 2006)

sickboi, you pounded that nail right on.
all these "metalcore" bands either want to be venom or hatebreed, and as a result, they all end up sounding the same.
i enjoy listening to what ive heard out of bleeding through, darkest hour, as i lay dying etc,. but i cant tell a damn bit of difference in the end.

thank god theyre not trying to be cradle of filth, though.

clamum (January 27, 2006)

"Bleeding Through"? Lame as fucking hell. If you buy this shit go kill yourself.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Metalcore? Where is the hardcore in this shit? Certainly not in the make-up, lame-ass band photos, horrendous metal, or completely blown out production. The fact that this band obviously spends hours on getting their look down before going anywhere doesn't help, either.

Nay, I say this is the kind of shit hardcore was out to destroy. Heartless fashion rock masquerading as the real deal. Makes me sick.

I'm sure Hot Topic kids have a new classic on their hands, though.

-Will

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Oops! Once again,

Douchebag hardcore:
http://www.calihardcore.com/images/actionjackson-Pic1. jpg
Real hardcore:
http://havocrex.com/images/photos/thrash_fest_3/0015_0 004. jpg

See any differences? Like maybe how one show looks like it might be fun to attend, and the other one looks like constipated idiot kids practicing their swimming strokes while a bored crowd encircles them?

-Ken

recordings (January 27, 2006)

blood iz soo0o0o0o c00l!!!111 we need more blood lyrics and imagery and blood! ps- i need more grossness and BL00d

sickboi is exactly right. what generic mascara metal crapulence.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

I will kill this music.

This is my promise to you.

Testiclese (January 27, 2006)

oh and the cover looks like someone dove into ice cream with a lot of chocolate sauce

sickboi (January 27, 2006)

Hahahahahaha! Go to their website and watch the video that pops up, they keep showing the guitarist doing this spinkick over and over again.

Fuck this. And people call Hatebreed generic. They both do the cookie monster vocals, but I think Jamie's sound better.

Testiclese (January 27, 2006)

this cd is a waste of resources

skolarx (January 27, 2006)

"Also, I feel I must say that Brandan has had clean vocals on every Bleeding Through record up until now. It's not something new exactly."

i don't think he had any clean vocals on the second record, there are some but the avenged singer sang them on "saint, savior, salvation" the first time i saw bleeding through brandon sang those parts and they were possibly the worst thing i have ever heard. glad to see his vocals have gotten a lot better, hoefully its not all protools

ILOVESCOTT (January 27, 2006)

thanks for this review

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Steroid-core.
Weight lifting music for broken hearted white guys.

darkstarm (January 27, 2006)

That's it punknews. I'm pissed. Not ONE mean review? I don't even think there was a 2 1/2 star review. Nothing! Bastards.

crazytoledo (January 27, 2006)

Their new single is the best song they've ever done.

skaboom (January 27, 2006)

They are kind of toeing the line between XTREEM and gross with that cover art, I think it falls more towards the latter.

moneenerd (January 27, 2006)

i wish i could do that to my jaw right now. ive got mad sinus infection and my whole lower jaw, back wisdom teeth, and throat are killing me with pain.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

vulgar display of power part two?

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

That is the worst fucking cover art ever. This beats out their last album...which was pretty shitty.

BizzleBrizzle (January 27, 2006)

This is just metal, not metalcore.

There is really no hardcore influence, other than that this band used to be on a hardcore record label(Indecision) and to my knowledge got popular through the hardcore scene and not the metal scene.

That being said, this album ain't that bad actually. I can stand the dude's vocals a lot easier on this than past efforts.

OverDefined (January 27, 2006)

is that jaw ripped off on the cover?

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Also, I feel I must say that Brandan has had clean vocals on every Bleeding Through record up until now. It's not something new exactly.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Very good album. "Kill To Believe" and "Love In Slow Motion" are particularly awesome tracks.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Do they still wear make up?

- blade-runner

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Bleeding Poo.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

Bitchin' cover photo.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

they sound good.. til you begin to understand the lyrics are.

fuckin horrible.

soulbleed (January 27, 2006)

this is way more listenable than the last one. the last one for some reason sounded weird. i think it all meshed into one sound even though the instruments were so diverse, but this one just actually sounds like the product of a band.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

lyrics written by a 10 year old.

Anonymous (January 27, 2006)

I'm loving this CD.

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