Friday, October 23, 2015

Album Review: "The Hatred Inside" by Bleed

The Hatred Inside
It's always fun for me to take a look at where a band is from and see if I can hear that in their music.

Bleed is from Edmonton, AB Canada.

This is, obviously, the rich oil country of the Great White North. I've spoken a goodly deal of Albertans and they're a pretty happy lot.

When the oil industry is going well, they get checks from the government. They have NHL, WHL, AHL, and more kinds of hockey than you can shake a stick at.

This is their full length debut, so there's not much in the past I can base this on, so I'm going to assume that they're a bunch of happy go lucky Edmontonians who're more than happy to see Connor McJesus play for the Oil all year...let's look at their promo snap...

Oh dear...

I suppose the album cover is more representative of them than my waxing poetic about Western Canada, eh?

Speaking of the cover, it's a symbol. As described by the band..the cover is a person ripping themselves apart to reveal The Hatred Inside.

Tell you what, this album is full, FULL of hatred.

Bleed is not trying to win any nice guy contests here. The guitars are harsh and military precise. Never a flub, Never an out of key note. Just your standard death metal jack hammer, but they often out pace the blast beats! Besides the crushing riffs, there are also free flowing guitar runs that give the music another level of sophistication.

Defying death metal convention, Bleed's bass player is a part of the sound, even wandering off into solo breaks too. As for the drummer...I'd have to see his organs before I'd be willing to believe that this ticking clock is a human being.

No human being can do this. I'll stake my reputation on it.

Bleed's full length debut is full of the Death Metal conventions we've all come to know and love, but when coupled with quality writing, high end musicianship, and a few trips off the well worn path, they have carved their own niche in the world of extreme metal.

Release: 9/25/15
Genre: Death Metal
Label: DIY
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