May 25, 2020 Bleed From Within – Fracture (Album Review)
Across the pond in Scotland, Bleed From Within is a devastating Metal band who have drawn comparisons to the likes of Machine Head and Lamb of God. Over the last 15 years, Bleed From Within has built quit the catalog of music via 2009’s Humanity, 2010’s Empire, 2013’s Uprising, and 2018’s Era. A powerful act, Bleed From Within force together the styles of Groove Metal, Alternative Metal, Metalcore, and Melodic Death Metal in a downright impressive manner.
Backing this up, in 2013, Bleed From With won Metal Hammer Magazine’s Golden Gods Award for Best New Band. In good company, Bleed From Within spent the last few years touring with As I Lay Dying, Lamb Of God, Cancer Bats, and Of Mice & Men. Metal festivals like Wacken Open Air, Graspop Metal Meeting, and Bloodstock Open Air all became breeding grounds for Metal fans to discover Bleed From Within.
These days, Bleed From Within continue to showcase who the hell they are and the band is slated to drop their new album, Fracture, on Friday, May 29th, 2020 via Century Media. Making it all happen, Bleed From Within is comprised of the dominant vocal power of Singer Scott Kennedy, the harrowing rhythm section of Bassist Davie Provan along with Drummer Ali Richardson, and the bruising dual guitar beat down by Craig ‘Goonzi’ Gowans and Steven Jones. Setting out on a journey to write their strongest album to date, Bleed From Within hired Periphery Bassist Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood, a seasoned producer himself, to record Fracture.
For their fifth LP, Bleed From Within made the sole purpose of Fracture to be a liberating method for the band to move on to their next chapter. Keep this in mind once you hit play on track one, as “The End Of All We Know” starts Fracture off with a melodic bang of well portioned Groove-infused Alternative Metal. As the first few tracks really hit it off, “Pathfinder” is next with heavy heart-pounding Metalcore. Marching in line, “Into Nothing” questions the motives of government officials and takes to the frontline with defiantly stated lyrics like “This is not a war it’s a victory” and “Cover up the truth spread hypocrisy.”
After the power of “Fall Away,” the grim atmosphere of “Fracture” takes on a deeper tone of heaviness. Displaying strength, Bleed From Within show off a huge amount of technical prowess on the diversely written “Night Crossing” before the violent head banger “For All To See.” Fracture gains even more momentum towards the end, as Bleed From Within rise up with “Ascend” amongst a dangerous melody and aggression. Then, “Utopia” is a powerful Metalcore entity that shows Bleed From Within at their best. Lastly, “A Depth That No One Dares” caps off Fracture by releasing extreme pent up emotion and energy everywhere.
Forking over some of the best new Metal of the year, Fracture does nothing less than showcase everything Bleed From Within wanted, to tear down the past and slingshot the band up the ladder of Metal. Though many fans may have never even heard of Bleed From Within, they should and they will. A band with loads of unbridled potential, no doubt will Fracture move Bleed From Within to the next level. For these reasons, Cryptic Rock awards Fracture a solid 4 out of 5 stars.