Sound — 9
This is Bleeding Through's 5th studio album. I had not heard much of them before I got this album but I think it is their strongest work yet. It is heavier than all the others put together. Brace yourself for Brutal Dropped B Breakdowns and Blast Beats. The Keyboards add atmosphere unlike I have heard before in a metal core band. There is only two songs I can recall with clean vocals( There Was A Flood, Sister Charlatan) and the rest are screamed so if you don't like screaming this might not be the CD for you. There are even some small guitar solos on this album which adds a new air to a few of the songs as the guitars intertwine with the keyboards. Fantastic Production by Devin Townsend. Even Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying helps out on the title track.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics by Brendan are mostly to do with revenge and people messing up his life. My favorite lyrics are in the song "Germany" which talk about the Berlin Wall. "There was a wall constructed inside of me ripping through my heart. And brick by brick I'll slave to tear it all down" The lyrics do fit in with the heavy nature of the music. Brendan has a nice clean voice too but does not use it much on this album. He is a talented vocalist.
Overall Impression — 8
I can sort of compare it to heavy metal core and death core bands but the keyboards add a new dimension to the sound. It becomes more epic. Some impressive songs are; Declaration. Orange County Blonde and Blue( Good Breakdown), Germany, Death Anxiety and Sister Charlatan. I like it because it is really heavy and well produced. Some good riff age, solos and drumming. Keyboards sound good. I don't like the variety as all the songs are the same formula and some riffs are recycled. No ballad here, this album never slows down. If it was stolen/lost I would buy it again because I know what to expect. Listen to Death Anxiety before you buy but if you like Bleeding Through you won't be disapointed