Hype. Hype. Hype. The fact that this album was being so massively hyped by the mainstream Metal media (online advertising, magazines, general word) automatically makes me cautious of it. Stickers claimed that BLEED THE SKY’s sophomore effort would rival the power of LAMB OF GOD and I can’t tell you how many adds I saw for this. So naturally curiosity and caution came hand in hand when I threw in “Murder The Dance”.
Luckily, this isn’t just another over hyped label made Metal band here to steal the limelight. There is a decent amount of actual talent in the depths of this album – although the sheer fact that I feel as though I’ve heard this album from 20 other bands already doesn’t help them at all. Originality is short these days. But that won’t stop me from finding the gem in music.
Of course the comparisons to LAMB OF GOD are quite off – as they usually are – but one can definitely hear the influences of modern Metal in the song writing. The use of odd rhythms (in all instruments) and dissonant melodies might produce this leap. Granted this is just a modern Metal technique and nothing to get too excited over. The band does carry a great deal of energy with them and in their performance which I did enjoy. Too bad the guitar tone is quite muddy otherwise there would also be some killer riffs too.
At times a southern groove does appear too, which is odd. But then again, the Hardcore influences are often lead into that kind of song writing style. Along with the heavy Hardcore influence comes the shouted (barked) vocals that dominate most of the album. Although it’s a convincing attack on the vocals – I still felt that I had heard it before. Even when he was singing it felt a little cliché.
The album is solid for the most part. The latter half gains a deal of energy as the band tries some different and varied song writing techniques. The first half drags a little but after the ballad-ish track (“Occam’s Razor”) there seems to be a renewed and interesting attack to their form. And it’s the latter half of this album that really redeems the entire experience for me. It seems as though they quit trying to sell albums at this point and played for the sake of playing. It was refreshing.
Definitely not a purchase for the average Metalhead. One better enjoy that Metalcore influence modern Metal if one wants to justify this purchase. Too much cliché even in the end for the album to overcome.
Songs to check out: “Bastion”, “Slavior”, “Poseidon”.
(Online July 4, 2008)