There may be a shortage of social lives and hand sanitizer these days, but one thing there is plenty of is good metal. 2020 has seen some remarkable releases so far and ‘Fracture’ by UK metallers Bleed From Within is added to what is becoming a very long list of the years greats. We have had a couple of glimpses of what to expect with the new album including the most recent ‘Night Crossing’ featuring none other than Trivium’s Matt Heafy, who is also celebrating the release of a new album.
For those looking for some fresh new modern metal consisting of massive riffs, catchy hooks and some fine moments of technical musicianship, look no further. Bleed From Within have you more than covered here, and then some.
The band waste very little time getting into the thick of it as the play button is pressed. ‘The End Of All We Know’ is a huge number to open the album with one of the biggest headbang moments heard early on. Plenty of double kick patterns with matched riffs ensure maximum heaviness right before the chorus hooks you right in. It’s a common format heard throughout; one the band has mastered beautifully. As the old adage says, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it, and quite frankly Bleed From within need not fix anything here.
Whilst the title track ‘Fracture’ slows things down a little, the song is huge. Speed and technicality here is substituted for meaty mid tempo heaviness with one of the standout melodic moments of the entire album found in the chorus. The half way point is proving that the band clearly had a vision for this album and thus far has executed it to perfection. Heavy guitar chugging ends things nicely as we follow into the energy and monstrous flow of ‘Night Crossing’ which at points has the feel of an Architects song. No complaints here. Add a small but effective guitar solo by Matt Heafy and we are onto a clear winner!
Whilst there is a clear structure being utilised throughout, there are plenty of moments where Bleed From Within deviate from their battle hardened methods. There are songs here that sound like they took a moment to explore and step outside of their comfort zones, not massively, but enough to keep things fresh and avoid things becoming repetitive. ‘Utopia’ is almost an homage to ‘As The Palaces Burn' era Lamb Of God, again no complaints as we then make our way to the big big ending to the album that is ‘A Depth That No One Dares’, that takes everything that we heard up to this point and mashes it all up into one disgustingly heavy ball to throw our way. It’s the ending to an album most hope for. Its an ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ kind of moment. The kind you wish would happen on more albums.
Definitely do not sleep on this one.