Review: Bleeding Through - The Great Fire
The symphonic backdrops allow tacks like Goodbye to Death and Step Back in Line to gain that extra sense of epic grandness in it's melodic properties paired with it's darker characteristics of doom. Of course the performance of the band always works with this to allow for a relentless hardcore pounding, in the form of constant breakdowns the band provide which succeed in sounding intimate and as intense as they can, causing for a grander flow to take place with the sweeping symphonies. This ideal does allow a greater negative emotional impact to shine through the album but also allows for a more celebratory uplifting sound, namely on Trail of Seclusion. Maybe the band didn't intend for that actually...
Bleeding Through also unleash their symphonic black metal influence onto this album effectively and tracks like Starving Vultures and Walking Dead have qualities that would be easy to identify on a Cradle of Filth or Dimmu Borgir album.
More surprisingly alongside this are the more subtle but identifiable poppier techniques that sneak their way onto the album, such as the musical cutting effect heard on guitar parts in Final Hours that shows maybe they have been taking a good look at what their former axe-man's been up to in BMTH as well as the synthesized drum pounding heard at the start of Deaf Ears which only suggest that Bleeding Through are trying to be metalcore's Nine Inch Nails.
So, The Great Fire pretty much ticks all the boxes for a definitive Bleeding Through. Relentless hardcore assault with death metal influences, dark symphonic backdrops and frantic riff-athons and breakdowns everywhere. Nothing more, nothing less. Understand? Good.
Bleeding Through's The Great Fire is out now via Rise Records.