Bleeding Through is a metalcore band based out of Orange County, CA and their style of music has always been more than just traditional sounds of the genre they are in. They incorporate more instrumentation into their sound, have a better sensibility of strong compositions and overall are just simply damn good. I was instantly hooked when I first heard their album “This is Love, This is Murderous” and enjoyed their brand of music. Admittedly, I haven’t listened to much from this band in a long long time, so to receive a new album from them actually had me excited to listen to see if they still have what it takes. “Love Will Kill All” is definitely true to their sound and what they have built all of these years.
Bleeding Through kicks off the album subtle with the opening track “Darkness A Feeling I Know” with depressing spoken word along side somber tracking. The band churns the energy and tempo up when the song “Fade Into The Ash”, reminding me of what has made this band great each and every time they release an album. Implementing their familiar keyboard backing behind loud and heavy guitars/drums, the band performs well on this song! Vocals are still killer after all these years.
“Love Will Kill All” has some true headbanging tracks on it, solidifying that Bleeding Through can still bring forth great riffs and high energy for some great songs. “Cold World” comes to mind with it’s faster guitar thrashing, use of breakdowns, galloping drumming and well timed keyboard playing. “Dead Eyes” is another great track with more of a crushing tempo and guitar chugging mentality about it. Really like the aggression behind this as well as the beauty.
“Buried” showcases some excellent guitar work and a great use of keyboard ambiance to add to the energy of the music and overall flow. “No Friends” is definitely a callback to their older sound of “traditional” 2005 era hardcore/metalcore with the way the lyrics and music is written. “Set Me Free” has a heavy hardcore styled chug appeal about it during the chorus that is awesome. The guitar work on this song is seriously heavy and the combined keys makes this song sound wicked. “No One From Nowhere” is very thrash oriented with punishing drums, this song hits very hard.
“Remains” opens like a Chimaira song then turns into a simple slow chug. The chorus is lifeless however, I am not a fan of what they did there. “Slave” corrects this with a fast n heavy song, I love the drumming in this song. The final track “Life” is a perfect blend of everything that Bleeding Through can execute well. Fast metal musicianship, slower emotionally driven moments, screaming as well as clean singing, a layer of keyboard ambiance that meshes well with the music. This song was actually a good way to end the album.
Love Will Kill All is a good album and if you’ve been a fan of Bleeding Through like I have after all these years, it’s refreshing to see them still create an enjoyable album. The production is damn good, the instrumentation and composition of the album is well written, the overall performance is just an enjoyable experience. Bleeding Through successfully blend hardcore, metalcore and thrash many times over on this album and the music, as a result, is pretty kick ass. The one song, “End Us” that I didn’t talk about above was the only boring track on the album and the chorus on “Remains” was lackluster but that is really it. Give Love Will Kill All a listen, even if you aren’t the biggest fan of hardcore or metalcore, this band has always stood out to me as one of the best hybrids out there. Strong guitar riffs, drumming and vocal performances is what you can expect on their albums and this new one is no exception.
Release Date: May 25th, 2018
Label: SharpTone Records
FFO: Unearth, Killswitch Engage & Chimaira
“Set Me Free”