Bleed From Within have always been underrated, but their crushing brand of groove metal has endeared themselves to many. Two years after the much-lauded ‘Era’, the Glaswegians are back with their fifth studio album, ‘Fracture’.
Opener ‘The End Of All We Know’ starts with a wave of fury as per usual, and fleshes out some Gojira-esque insanity before leaning in on a melodic chorus, which is something that’s not often associated from Bleed From Within up to now. But, before the mechanical grooves come back in as heavy as a monster truck, you know they’re not going soft on us in the slightest.
‘Pathfinder’ has an almost sludgy riff in places before it ends with more machine-like riffs, with a subtle electronic backbeat even finding its way in. Vocally, Scott Kennedy‘s domineering growl is like a well-oiled machine that never lets up. This may be groove metal with clear influences – you’ve always been able to hear heavyweights of the genre like Pantera, Lamb Of God, and Gojira in their sound – but, as far as this brand of metal from the UK goes, they’re clearly one of the best bands to do it. ‘Into Nothing’ further showcases their melodic prowess and features a hyper-charged mosh call, clearly designed to incite chaos.
The title-track leans in further on melodic hooks for its choruses, and it’s a reminder that Bleed From Within have more layers to their sound than you might think. ‘Night Crossing’ offers more of an immediate, head-banging groove before a solo from Trivium‘s own Matt Heafy helps to lift the song massively.
‘For All To See’ features the chunky riffing that makes it impossible not to want to head bang, or pull a ‘stink face’ when the riffs hit, and the best riff on the album arrives with ‘Ascend’. ‘A Depth That No One Dares’ also gets pretty close to technical metal territory.
Bleed From Within may not be a go-to band for boundary-pushing innovation, and it’s admittedly hard to truly push the envelope if you play this kind of music, but they should be essential listening if you like gnarly, crushing, no-nonsense metal.
‘Fracture’ is another display of expertly delivered and incendiary groove metal from Bleed From Within, showing that they could have the potential to stand toe-to-toe with the best in a few years. Rather than doing a re-hash of previous works, ‘Fracture’ has taken the best elements from ‘Era’ and streamlined them into a more accomplished effort than its predecessor.