Sound — 10
This sophomore album, Found In The Flood, released on 08.23.05, comes two years after they released their debut, Pass The Flask, on Fiddler Records. This album has been released on Vagrant Records. The Bled provide a nice fusion of metal and hardcore. There are some interesting innovations in the sound, especially on the song She Calls Home. There are some great licks and nice riffs to back up the cutting screams. Overall, this album shows that this band is constantly getting better and better as musicians. The songs on this album are sure to sound amazing live, and the Bled delivers an explosive show nonetheless. The amazing studio quality can only improve.
Lyrics — 8
The Bled's sophomore album's lyrics can't truly be compared to their first album, Pass The Flask. Art is judged by its own merits, not by consensus. In this album, the lyrics were written jointly. The entire band worked together like a true band. This is a huge step for them in truly becoming great musicians. The lyrics fit the songs perfectly except for the song With An Urgency, which is track nine. As soon as the singer utters the first words, "Hey you, young love, don't let them cut out your tongue," I am forced to click skip track. Besides that one track, this album features some good singing, as well as screams that sound like singer James Munoz is being burned alive. Check out the screaming in Guttershark (track 2) at the very beginning, about ten seconds in. The rest of the songs also feature some brutal screams as well as a rather raspy singing tone. Every song seems to tell a story, and a good one at that.
Overall Impression — 10
I'd say that Found In The Flood is one of the must-buy hardcore albums of 2005, if not of all time. The most impressive songs are Guttershark, My Assassin, Antarctica, Last American Cowboy, and Daylight Bombings. For those who need something to tear their face off, listen to either Guttershark or She Calls Home. For some slower, more melodic tracks, check out Antarctica and Daylight Bombings. Another positive side of this album is how rocks longer than Pass The Flask. There is 40+ minutes of music here. Possibly the best thing about this album is the way the Bled manage to fuse together brutal breakdowns, good riffs, and harmonics. They have established themselves as one of the best bands on the hardcore/metal circuit, and are sure to only keep improving. If I ever lost this album, or the Bled's other album, for the matter, I'd rush off to buy it again. This is definitely one of the best releases so far this year, if you are into the genre.