Declaration review by Bleeding Through

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  • Released: Sep 30, 2008
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (43 votes)
Bleeding Through: Declaration
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Sound — 10
Bleeding Through has put out three albums previous to this one and they have all been very well done and have received very good ratings. However, I feel that this album surpasses all three previous albums. It still features the trademark down tuned riffs that Bleeding Through is famous for, but they seem to take it to an even heavier level on this album without losing the beautiful melodies that come with the keyboards. The drumming is really tight on this record and flows with the guitars and bass perfectly. The keyboards, to me, seem more prevalent than in their past records and in the song "Sister Charlatan" there is a very refreshing keyboard solo over a very heavy guitar riff that just fits perfectly. The vocals on this record have also seen an improvement. There is some of the highest pitches of screams done on this record that I have heard by Bleeding Through and some of the lowest as well. Also, the clean vocals are fantastic on this record with some of it sung by the bassist for the first time. Over all the record sounds amazing and the production level is fantastic.

Lyrics — 9
Bleeding Through have been known for having very graphical and emotional lyrics in the past that were very introverted, personal, and full of hatred and vengeance. Now on this album, the lyrics remain full of the hatred but they have touched and more than just the introverted self and emotional. They focus on more worldly things and outward emotions. Less of the songs are about heartbreak than in the past. I was a little upset by this because I thought that it was awesome that Bleeding Through had enough integrity to write about things so personal and emotional while keeping the music heavy on their past albums even though in much of the metal world, that is shunned upon. However, the lyrics are still well done and fit well with the music.

Overall Impression — 10
"Declaration" has been on my top list of albums ever since it has come out and every time I listen to it, I do not get bored. I love their contrast of melody and complete brutality with the clash of the keyboards and the guitars. If you are a fan of As I Lay Dying, Lamb Of God, All That Remains, Throwdown, Bullet For My Valentine, or even Avenged Sevenfold (old stuff), this album would be for you. My favourite songs are "Orange County Black And Blue," and "Sister Charlatan." If this album were stolen or lost, I would buy this album again for sure, even if it cost more than when I first bought it.

27 comments sorted by best / new / date

    A Certain Death
    in my opinion, this is the worst bleeding through album to date. this is love, this is murderous destroyed this. the ONLY decent track is sister charletain [i think thats how you spell it?]
    damo13
    this is ssoooo BT best album, orange county blonde and blue - best track! or maybe there was a flood, i went c em in plymouth wiv bullet and they made bullet look like turd! lol lovely album! lovely keyboardist as well!
    Shadow_player
    mac_attack10 wrote: thelonelywaffle wrote: the keyboardist is ****ing hot + fricken! shes so smokin! I saw them w/ Bullet a while back, and I swear she was looking at me the whole time lol. But yeah so far, def my favourite BT album! Sister Charlatan is for sure the sickest track. P.S Its Orange County Blonde and Blue
    of course!lol and that gig pwned
    flyrocker
    Lokee i dont know what the hell you are talking about, but I've seen them twice live and they f***ing rip it up. I haven't heard the new album but im sure its awesome. I cant wait to listen.....and marta is hot.
    lokee420
    i saw them and cancer bats as support for bullet in toronto and they were absolutely horrible live, we spent most of the set outside in the smoking section, bleeding through more like bleeding through my f***ing ears, i was aware that it would be emo but wow do they ever push it to the Xtream
    HagstromSpeed
    Hands down the best Bleeding Through album. Not only musically, but production value wise....thanks to Devin Townsend! Everything he puts his hands on turns out amazing
    xunholyknightx
    mac_attack10 wrote: thelonelywaffle wrote: the keyboardist is ****ing hot + fricken! shes so smokin! I saw them w/ Bullet a while back, and I swear she was looking at me the whole time lol. But yeah so far, def my favourite BT album! Sister Charlatan is for sure the sickest track. P.S Its Orange County Blonde and Blue
    Sorry about that. I was in a hurry to get this review done
    FredTheDuck
    I loved the album too, but wouldn't have been that nice about it... probably would've given it a 7 personally, because there're quite a few issues with it... the first track for example, I almost fell off my chair laughing at the 300 quote.... The breathing transition from death anxiety to the loving memory of engliand is pure genius though...definitely worth the buy.
    undeadcorpse
    i love the Declaration, it's not as catchy as This is love, this is murderous but it is a new step forward musically and in brutality
    saint_c
    I thought this album was freakin phenomenal. "Sister Charlatan" is probably one of the most epic songs I've ever heard. You can feel so many different emotions just dripping from every line, riff, and melody--definitely my favorite track on the album. I haven't seen then live yet but I've been a fan of Bleeding for a while.
    Marissa6661
    i saw this band last month with bullet also. they put on an awesome performance. i think they tied with bullet on performance. i met them before the show too, all cool guys. had an awesome chat with marta =) god if only she was lesbian, i'd do her. but yeah, i love the album!
    mac_attack10
    thelonelywaffle wrote: the keyboardist is ****ing hot
    + fricken! shes so smokin! I saw them w/ Bullet a while back, and I swear she was looking at me the whole time lol. But yeah so far, def my favourite BT album! Sister Charlatan is for sure the sickest track. P.S Its Orange County Blonde and Blue
    hiyadoing_99
    i find it funny that no one has mentioned that this album was produced by none other than Devin Townsend...
    hoondog
    i think this is a great album, much better than the last, The Truth, thank god. its definitely more along the "This is Love" vein. that album is tough to beat, but this album is definitely tits
    Shadow_player
    i hate bleeding through,they sound like a homeless guys version of a7x's earlier stuff....but i saw them live supporting BFMV in london and they were great.spend the money on tickets not an album
    zamir666
    i think this is the best BT album so far. most of the tracks are pure awesome
    Blackening
    tim lambesis of as i lay dying sings the contra part of the song "declaration". pretty ****ing epic
    frankibo
    sister charlatan is a ****ing epic track, one of the best songs i've ever heard. the intro and declaration together is an immense combination. the rest of the album is good but slightly forgettable :/