Metalcore was a huge scene back in the mid 2000s. Bleeding Through were right in the middle of it. They were heavyweights in terms of both sound and reputation. Where most bands from back then disappeared, experimented to the point of being recognisable or stagnated, Bleeding Through perservered. To say they were dedicated would be an understatement. Yet, the scene moved on and they became criminally underrated, leading to a split in 2014. Four years later however, and they heavily prove to all of us that they are needed in heavy music, with a downright brutal, gothic and triumphant return entitled 'Love Will Kill All'
Bleeding Through stuck out amongst the masses, leaning more toward hardcore than metalcore and adding well used keyboards into the mix. This time around though, there is an instant difference in tone to these keyboards. Opener 'Darkness A Feeling I Know' drips with gothic high pitched organs behind a soulful Brendan Schieppati crooning alone inside a darkened weather beaten castle. A short epic lead on 'Fade Into The Ash' and we are back to Bleeding through's brutality.
Their production is nailed. Every instrument is equally balanced and striking. There is no shiny polish either, with every drum kick and snap feeling like a punch to the face, the guitars reminiscent of the best of Scandinavian metal. You can even hear the spittle and grain in Brendan's screams and shouts. The group are now more concise. There is only one song over the 4 minute mark and all containing a bludgeoning mix of riffs, breakdowns and chugs. Death metal pummelling riffs chasing raging vocals, leading to a beatdown of stop-start bass and guitar sludge.
The band roll along through fast tempos with hulking purpose on 'Cold World' and 'Dead Eyes', but nail a mid tempo metal riff filled 'No Friends' with no lack of heartbroken grit or loss of heaviness. Spread throughout every song is impressive sing-along choruses with such amazing hooks that you'll leave the album looping over and over. Keyboardist Marta lends her sweet vocals in the background often behind these choruses and her haunted organs softly treading ground with guitar licks or creating a funeral like atmosphere.
After a quick and memorable 10 solid songs based around heartache and loss in all its forms, the final track 'Life' is split in two halves. Starting with possibly the hardest lyrics regarding worthlessness and suicide with angry blasts of machine like drums and riffing, Marta is introduced more strongly in the second half for the chorus and it’s reprise. Her vocals here are angelic and sing of seeing another day and rising up. This is a highly personal closer, but could serve as a great song for Bleeding Through's comeback. Metalcore at it's purest may be gone and forgotten, but we now have Bleeding Through back to serve a reminder, a forceful lesson to the youth, and hopefully a clear shape of things yet to come.