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The Bled

The Bled: Silent TreatmentSilent Treatment (2007)
Vagrant Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: chrisafichrisafi
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Previous releases from the Bled have been tight, heavy and very popular with a large section of the metalcore crowd, but also with a strong melodic twist which has helped them shape their own personal place amongst their contemporaries. However, Silent Treatment sees a mixture of continuity and c.
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Previous releases from the Bled have been tight, heavy and very popular with a large section of the metalcore crowd, but also with a strong melodic twist which has helped them shape their own personal place amongst their contemporaries.

However, Silent Treatment sees a mixture of continuity and change from the incredibly popular Found in the Flood. It again has an element of a concept, based unsurprisngly around the theme of silence, which influences the lyrics throughout. The lyrics themselves are again consistent with the Bled's earlier work -- often excellent and nearly always at least strong, delivered once again with the brilliant ferociousness of lead singer James Munoz.

However, SIlent Treatment is, in a number of other ways, a different realease, something which is to be celebrated rather than criticised. The badge of 'melodic metalcore' can not so easily be affixed to this release, with a number of very straight-up, hard, crunching riff-led tracks without the melodic repreieve often found on previous releases. Opening track, "Shadetree Mechanics" is the perfect epitomization of this, with relentless pacing and aggression and a fantastic introduction to the album. "Three's Away" treats the listener to a beautiful piece of melodic fierceness, which shows the band at their unquestionably best. epitomisation However, while flashpoints of this album are superb, the album as a whole falls somewhat short of the overall strength of their two previous releases. "The Silver Lining" and "Beheaded My Way" are tracks that, frankly, should have been binned and offer nothing new or exciting from what is a very talented and innovative band and falls well short of their capabilities.

In conclusion, Silent Treatment reveals the best and worst of this band, but its highlights make it well worth a listen. Maybe I am being overly harsh due to high expections; the band remain tight, loud and energetic throughout and no track is in any sense terrible, but a few are somewhat flat and un-enthusing. However, the Bled certainly have the potential for a brilliant, genre-defining release, but unfortunately, this is not it.

 

 
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damnitsderek (March 31, 2008)

I've been losing interest in this band pretty rapidly over the past couple of years.

chrisafi (March 30, 2008)

branden. you're cool

branden (March 30, 2008)

this band sucks ass.

tenwestchaser (March 29, 2008)

This cover art looks like some major-label radio-rock bands album.

helletichojo (March 29, 2008)

I have to say that this album matches close to Pass the Flask, in my opinion.

holy_balls (March 29, 2008)

I like all of their CD's/EP's. I think this is better than Found in the Flood. Hell, the more I listen to it, the more I might end up liking it more than Pass the Flask.

russe11 (March 29, 2008)

i felt so weird after listening to this record because i actually found myself wanting there to be some more experimental songs thrown in the mix. which is funny because i didn't really like the experimental songs on found in the flood. grass is always greener on the other side i guess. this record does kick a substantial amount of ass though.

SilentStorms (March 28, 2008)

The 12" and Pass the Flask are by far my favourite. Score's for them.

thomas7155 (March 28, 2008)

Pennywise review.

maverick (March 28, 2008)

I'm more of a Found In The Flood kinda guy. This one's good, but not great.

-Scott

RyanGP (March 28, 2008)

This is a good record, but i just can't seem to get to into it. I guess my The Bled days are over...

chrisafi (March 28, 2008)

Don't get me wrong, this IS a good album, maybe my words are over-critical (yet the score is 7, which highlights the fact I do certainly like)

But I thing whilst it is maybe their most mature and tight album it loses something from the last two albums...I'm not sure entirely what but its almost as if its not just quite as exciting and dynamic when you listen from start to finish and dips off in the middle badly

Johnny_J (March 28, 2008)

I thought this album was their best record to date. Sure, it doesn't fill to their potential, but it still pretty much kicks.

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