BLEEDING THROUGH – THE GREAT FIRE
Released 30th January 2012 (Rise Records)
Words: Kelly Jones
Now on their seventh studio album Bleeding Through are treading a path now well travelled, and for a band of their stature a solid album is a walk in the park. Needless to say, their latest release ‘The Great Fire’ delivers, although it is not without its faults. The album consists of fourteen well constructed tracks, and Bleeding Through have always found their stride bridging the gap between their own hardcore sound and their melodies, and the combination works to enhance Brandan Schieppati’s vocals. This particular flair in their sound is captured and prevalent throughout the fourth track, ‘Final Hours’, and showcases the finer work the band do.
The album is likely to please long time fans, as the band’s sound remains much the same. However, it certainly doesn’t decrease nor take away from ‘The Great Fire’ as a strong body of work. Though there is still much to be desired and a feeling that some tracks are merely filler, the lesser songs on the album that lack strength are by far outweighed by the solid songs, of which ‘The Great Fire’ has in heaps. The album stands well using the compelling and effective foundation of the band’s tried and tested methods, which serves up numerous powerful tracks on the album. Complimented by their strong instrumentals and melodies, tracks like ‘Walking Dead’ and ‘Trail of Seclusion’ definitely stand out.
The album remains cohesive and flows well, clocking in at just under forty minutes long, although you’d be forgiven if you thought it all ended a little too soon. Such is the nature of the album, as the songs interlink together and serve ‘The Great Fire’ well, and tie it together as a strong album overall, despite it’s pitfalls. Clearly not without fault, but still a powerful collection of songs all the same.
Seven albums in and Bleeding Through are still going strong.