Bleeding Through are back and their gunning to reclaim their throne.
Ten years ago on September 30th, 2008, Bleeding Through released what is undisputedly their strongest record: the Devin Townsend produced beast that is ‘Declaration‘.
The band’s final album on Trustkill and Roadrunner is regarded by many as their best work and with very good reason. It was a fucking terrific 12-track record that reinforced the highly influential Orange County heavy outfit’s subtle black metal undertones as well as their undercurrent of melodic death metal vibes; it brought forward their symphonic and other melodic sensibilities even more so to the forefront; all whilst still solidly retaining their hardcore and metalcore roots to create one of my personal favourite heavy records from the previous decade.
That album was seriously my jam back in 2008 and 2009 as a teenager. Songs like the album’s aggressive title track, the violent-as-fuck ‘Beneath The Grey‘, ‘There Was A Flood‘, the savage ‘Death Anxiety‘, and the brooding closer ‘Sister Charlatan‘ are all just as good now as they were over a decade ago. And that’s a real testament to the powerful songwriting skillset that Bleeding Through possessed.
But as we all know, come August of 2014, Bleeding Through was done and dusted; a band no longer they were. Well, until now that is, with the band and their new label home SharpTone Records having this week finally announced their first album in six years – ‘Love Will Kill All‘.
Returning with what is truly their best lineup of vocalist Brandan Schieppati, bassist Ryan Wombacher, drummer Derek Youngsma, guitarist Brian Leppke, and keys players Marta Peterson (second guitarist Dave Nassie has sadly not returned with the group, though), Bleeding Through should hopefully be getting back to their full-strength now in 2018.
Schieppati recently stated of this new upcoming record, their time away and now of their return that:
“After five years away we realized the heartbeat of BLEEDING THROUGHis still beating. We feel one of the best things that we could have done was to step away and concentrate on other aspects of our lives and let the dust settle on BLEEDING THROUGH, as people knew us. Our motivation to write the record was purely because of our passion for our music. The creative blood that runs through our veins, which hasn‘t changed since 1999. I feel that our creativity and passion is being put on display in this new record, »Love Will Kill All«. We feel music is the ultimate expression and whether people want it or not we felt the need to express ourselves again. The beauty is that no one can stop it from happening. ‘Set Me Free’ is a song that speaks of new beginnings.
For so many years, I felt that BLEEDING THROUGH was a band that was held back because of other people interests in the band, whether it was business or personal. I just felt trapped by the business of the industry and outside perception. BLEEDING THROUGH is all about the music and the people who enjoy it. That was lost for a while and now it‘s found. ‘Set Me Free’ is about a rebirth of purity of BLEEDING THROUGH. The video is dark, frantic and strong. I think it personifies what BT is and what we will always be. TIME TO RISE.”
‘Love Will Kill All‘, their first LP since 2012’s rather so-so ‘The Great Fire‘, drops on May 25th via SharpTone and is looking to be a solid comeback effort judging from the record’s first single, ‘Set Me Free‘.
Full of Leppke’s chugging and chunky guitars, Youngsma’s tight and pounding metalcore drumming, the band’s classic melodic and haunting symphonic elements courtesy of Peterson, Schieppati’s angsty-driven lyrics and always venomous vocal delivery, ‘Set Me Free‘ ain’t a bad track at all. While perhaps a somewhat safe song for what many would expect from this staple band, I’m for now just really glad that Bleeding Through are back and giving it a red hot go once again.
Stream ‘Set Me Free‘ below: