Hailing from the Orange County scene that spawned giants such as Avenged Sevenfold and Thrice, Bleeding Through rose to prominence an era when metalcore wasn’t considered by some to be a dirty word. Why did it become one? That’s a different article altogether.
Frontman Brandan Schieppati has been open about his mental health struggles that surfaced while away from the band, as well as lambasting the current crop of metalcore bands. You’d be forgiven for thinking Bleeding Through feel that they have something to prove with ‘Love Will Kill All’, their first album since they originally split up back in 2014.
The dramatic opener ‘Darkness A Feeling I Know’ shows that this is – in typical Bleeding Through fashion – a dark, aggressive album that delves into the horrible, ugly, and sad emotions that we all feel. Schieppati confronts his demons over a solitary keyboard, complete with a seething resentment that Trent Reznor would certainly be proud of. Then we segue smoothly into ‘Fade Into The Ash’, which begins the assault of riffs, breakdowns, and organ sounds that creep around like an invisible, omnipresent monster.
You can almost see a violent mosh pit breaking out, with flailing arms aplenty, whilst listening to this record. Schieppati‘s screams are like a well-oiled machine, and for the most part they sit nicely alongside his brooding, but also theatrical clean vocal.
It’s hard to ignore what’s offered on ‘Love Will Kill All’, but sometimes you’re left feeling the record stays at the same dynamic for almost its entire length, and at times the vocal delivery veers way too far towards the stereotypical tough-guy posturing, namely in ‘No Friends’.
But, there’s plenty of power and ideas within the band. The subtlety of a lower vocal register for the chorus of ‘Remains’ pays off well, and with ‘Set Me Free’ you have the best marriage of the hardcore influence and blast beats with haunting keyboard riffs, concluded with a coda that propels the song greatly.
Closer ‘Life’ contains the first distinctly audible vocal of keyboardist Marta Peterson, who certainly should have more lead lines on this record, holding a voice with just as much character as Schieppati.
Whilst ‘Love Will Kill All’ is perhaps a little one-dimensional, it’s still a very potent and powerful beast, and generally a solid offering and welcome return from the metalcore veterans.