Release Date: Jan 31, 2012
Record label: Rise Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Grindcore
Another decent effort from the OC metallers... You want true grit? Look no further than Bleeding Through, a band who’ve endured a succession of events that’d bury many, but continue to go from strength to strength. ‘The Great Fire’ is another dose of the OC outfit’s venomous hardcore / extreme metal hybrid, and it’s filler-free: from the Slayer-esque intro through to the redemptive, bone-rattling closer ‘Back To Life’, not a second’s wasted.
Orange County metalcore outfit Bleeding Through's seventh studio album wastes little time in pulling the meat off of the bone. Opening with the instrumental cut "The March," which apes the intro to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and then filters it through a spinning chainsaw blade, the 14 tracks on The Great Fire are predictably punishing yet expertly crafted. Brutal and efficient (the average song length clocks in at just under three minutes), the band can toss off savage breakdowns, dual guitar leads, and stadium-sized group vocals with the best of them, and on stand-out cuts like "Final Hours" and "Walking Dead," they sound like true pack leaders as opposed to hungry followers.
The melodic black metalcore churned out by Orange County sextet Bleeding Through once sounded fresh and unique. Sadly, in a world of Winds of Plagues and Abigail Williams, that is no longer the case on album No. 7, The Great Fire. The record is filled with 14 short tracks that reconfirms the band’s occasionally powerful fusion of hardcore aggression and metallic evilness.
It isn’t often you come across bands whose sixth album is the hungriest and perhaps most intense of their career, but with The Great Fire, that’s exactly what Bleeding Through have delivered. With shorter, tighter songs (just one breaks the four-minute mark, while four clock in at under two) the album embraces the band’s hardcore roots in volatile style, scaling back on the overt black-metal influence that dominated 2010’s Bleeding Through. It’s one hell of a ride.“Faith In Fire,” “One By One” and “Deaf Ear” are as ruthless as it gets: short, sharp bursts of metallic noise which spit in the face of those who would get in their way, before charging right through them.