Metalmance’s Top 20 Albums of the Decade

20 of the best albums from 2010-2019.

Album of the Year lists aren’t enough this year. 2019 heralds the end of one of the best decades of metal. Emerging genres have really come to the fore in the past ten years (blackgaze anyone?) whereas we’re all surprised at how metalcore has survived and evolved. With technology advancing, the decade has also seen different consumer habits as well as advances in music technology as a whole. But that’s enough faff and chat. Without further ado, behold my Top 20 Albums of the Decade!


 

20. ORPHANED LANDAll Is One. Release date: 24 June 2013.

I’ve always enjoyed oriental music but hearing it in a metal context was a phenomenal concept to me. When I finally checked out Israel’s ORPHANED LAND I fell in love immediately. To me, they’re still the best ‘oriental metal’ band out there. They mix traditional instruments, metal elements and heartfelt messages so seamlessly it’s hard not to fall under their spell. All Is One is a superb example of the epic anthems they create to help reunite people of all faiths, race and genders. Tracks such as the title track, Freedom and Children emphasise their mission, all the while keeping tracks catchy and heavy. A must-listen for all.


 

19. SLEEPING WITH SIRENSFeel. Release date: 4 June 2013.

Now before you close this post and avoid my blog forever, hear me out here. Every track on SLEEPING WITH SIREN’s Feel is absolute gold. There’s a song for every occasion and emotion and it beckoned the start of their retreat from poisonous emo-pop-punk to the boring rock music they create today. With Feel they get it just right. Personally for me, this album dropped at a huge transitional period of my life so tracks such as Free Now, Congratulations and Satellites became anthems of this time. It’s not only teenagers who relate to Kellin Quinn and co. and their lyrics are more honest and relatable than many of their peers (FALLING IN REVERSE I’m looking at you).


 

18. TESSERACTOne. Release date: 22 March 2011.

I just had to include something by TESSERACT in this list. It was a tough choice between One and Polaris, but I chose One in the end as it was unlike anything I had heard in the metal world. Yeah there was PERIPHERY as well but for me, TESSERACT had a little something extra…mainly the vocal expertise of Daniel Tompkins. The first track I heard was The Impossible – Concealing Fate Part. 3 and I will never forget its melodies, djent and overwhelming atmosphere. In a way One signifies the innocence of the beginning of the djent genre before it became oversaturated by awful bands and copycats. Today it’s evolved into a whole new progressive metal beast but it’s good to look back on One and see how far metal has come.


 

17. AVASTMother Culture. Release date: 26 October 2018.

This decade saw the rise of blackgaze as a genre and it is one of the best things to have ever happened for metal. Mixing black metal and shoegaze to create highly emotive extreme metal is a dream come true. Only a handful of bands are getting the formula right and Norway’s AVAST is one of those bands. Last year’s debut album Mother Culture is a superb example of the heavier end of the genre. Tracks such as the title track and The Birth Of Man show some of the best that AVAST have to offer, but their instrumental tracks also trigger a strong emotional response. Powerful, climatic and devastating, Mother Culture is an important album.


 

16. MOTIONLESS IN WHITEReincarnate. Release date: 15 September 2014.

reincarnate

Metalcore is alive and well and MOTIONLESS IN WHITE have helped the survival of the gothic strain of it. Reincarnate saw the band at their most industrial, experimental and arguably…their catchiest. The guest features on this album are spot on, with the likes of Dani Filth, Maria Brink and Tim Skold making Reincarnate a goth’s wet dream. There is absolutely no filler on this album like a lot of their others, with tracks Break The Cycle and Wasp being some of the best keyboard-led metalcore for years. Now if only MOTIONLESS IN WHITE took the blueprint for The Final Dictvm for the latest albums…


 

15. TIMES OF GRACEHymn of a Broken Man. Release date: 18 January 2011.

I am one of those fans who think the new Jesse Leach-era KILLSWICTH ENGAGE has never surpassed what Leach and Adam D achieved with Hymn of a Broken Man. Yes, TIMES OF GRACE was always meant to be a more melodic and honest project, and remember Howard Jones was still in KILLSWITCH ENGAGE at this point, but Hymn of a Broken Man is one of the most beautiful albums created this decade and few have surpassed its melodic prowess. Live in Love, Where The Spirit Leads Me and Willing are some of the most stirring metal tracks this decade has seen. It’s just a shame the duo decided to lead the album with one of the weaker tracks, Strength in Numbers. Let’s hope they release a new album next year.


 

14. 65DAYSOFSTATICWe Were Exploding Anyway. Release date: 26 April 2010.

65dos

We Were Exploding Anyway was everything I wanted from 65DAYSOFSTATIC. The Sheffield post-rockers have always pushed the boundaries of the genre and have created the most phenomenal sounds. With this album, the band were their most ‘dancey’ and it even saw the inclusion of vocals on Come to Me, but they were very cleverly sliced and used as samples. Mountainhead, Crash Tactics and Piano Fights are some of the most genius songs 65DOS have written and the album as a whole is a delight from start to finish.


 

13. BLEEDING THROUGHThe Great Fire. Release date: 31 January 2012.

The Great Fire

Before the Orange County crew split up in 2014 (and reformed in 2018) the metalcore darlings dropped one of their finest albums to date, The Great Fire. This glorious slab of brutality incorporates every genre that BLEEDING THROUGH can execute so well, metalcore, hardcore, punk, black metal, melodic death metal…tracks like Goodbye To Death and Everything You Love Is Gone are perfect examples of their melting pot of styles. No metalcore band have achieved this again.


 

12. ABORTEDRetrogore. Release date: 22 April 2016.

retrogore

I must admit I was a bit late to the ABORTED fandom, but once I finally got there I was besotted. Retrogore was my first exposure to the Belgian death metallers and it’s still my favourite. Everything just seems to gel on this record and the blackened elements which play a big part on 2018’s Terrorvision come to the fore on this record. Termination Redux and Divine Impediment are brutal gems, dark death metal at its best. The band aren’t showing any signs of slowing down, constantly evolving to remain one of the most terrifying bands out there.


 

11. NORDIC GIANTSA Séance of Dark Delusions. Release date: 20 April 2015.

nordic giants

NORDIC GIANTS are always best to experience live, but 2015’s masterpiece A Séance of Dark Delusions brilliantly captures the intense material this post-rock duo create. The guest vocalists on this album are all outstanding with standout tracks being Dissolve (with SATURDAY SUN), Rapture (with Beth Cannon) and the superb Futures Dark (with Nadine Wild-Palmer). Each tracks tells its own story and every track with vocals could easily be a radio hit, making NORDIC GIANTS your favourite secret.


 

10. EIGHTEEN VISIONSXVIII. Release date: 2 June 2017.

XVIII

C’mon you knew EIGHTEEN VISIONS were going to make an appearance. This was the comeback of the decade for me. In true 18V fashion, their comeback album XVIII sounded unlike anything they have recorded before. The throwback references to earlier material (film samples, insects buzzing and the objects in the artwork) create a nostalgic record which still bludgeons you with modern, crunchy metal. Songs such as Oath and Live Again are the perfect tributes to the band’s roots and their late bassist Mick Morris (RIP). This is definitely an album for the loyal fans, but any lover of heavy, crushing metal will equally enjoy this album.


 

9. SOILWORKThe Ride Majestic. Release date: 28 August 2015.

soilwork

The kings of melodic death metal, SOILWORK seem to get better with age. The Ride Majestic is a sublime album by the modern version of SOILWORK. This is an absolute belter from start to finish. Some old school fans look down on it for not being Natural Born Chaos 2.0, but this album is the full package. The vocals, lyrics, instrumentation, flow of the album are outstanding. When their peers are crashing and burning, SOILWORK have evolved and grown to be the melodic death metal darlings they are today. The title track, Death In General and the stirring finale Father and Son, Watching the World Go Down are some of my favourite songs of the decade. The fact that the band are still going strong is a blessing.


 

8. BLACK CROWN INITIATE Selves We Cannot Forgive. Release date: 22 July 2016.

blackcrowninitiateselves

Selves We Cannot Forgive was my first ever Album of the Year when I started this blog back in 2016. It has stood the test of time and cemented itself as one of my favourite progressive death metal records of all time. There has been a surge of progressive death metal bands in the past few years and BLACK CROWN INITIATE remain one of the best. This album exhibits the best aspects of the genre, with tracks such as Belie The Machine and For Red Cloud providing the brutality, and the title track and Again providing the soaring melodies. This album has it all.


 

7. DYSCARNATEAnd So It Came To Pass. Release date: 27 February 2012.

and so it came to pass

DYSCARNATE’s last album With All Their Might topped my AOTY list back in 2017, but I couldn’t have two of their albums in my top 20 of the decade so I’ve opted for their phenomenal second album And So It Came To Pass. If you’re still unfamiliar with this death metal trio (yes, they’re a trio and still heavier than most bands) then you are seriously missing a trick here. A band haven’t been this brutally groovy since…well…forever. And So It Came To Pass is a tremendous example of this, with The Promethean, In The Face of Armageddon and A Drone In The Hive bringing the hardest bangers of the album. Fingers crossed there will be a new album in the new year!


 

6. DREAMSHADEThe Gift of Life. Release date: 25 January 2013. 

gift of life

DREAMSHADE are always such a treat. These Swiss metalcore lovelies are still relatively unknown yet every album is an absolute blinder. 2013’s album The Gift of Life saw the band hit their stride. Photographs, Your Voice and Consumed Future are some of the best metalcore tracks you haven’t heard yet. Not only do DREAMSHADE write catchy songs but somehow their riffs are hella catchy too. A super slick and polished beast, DREAMSHADE are currently working on a new album and it promises to be another stellar effort.


 

5. DISTORTED HARMONYChain Reaction. Release date: 9 July 2014.

chain reaction

Discovering DISTORTED HARMONY was one of the best things I did in the past few years. Their progressive metal is fuelled by melodies and heart. Their second album Chain Reaction has just the right amount of technicality and melody to make it a beautifully balanced record. The charm and passion oozes out of this record with tracks such as Every Time She Smiles, Hollow and Natural Selection being some of the most stirring. With the ever-growing prog metal scene it takes something special to standout from the rest of the pack these days, these guys have got it.


 

4. MAYBESHEWILLI Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone. Release date: 30 May 2011. 

maybeshewill

So this is my third and final post-rock album in this list. I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone is my favourite of them all, for a number of reasons. The main one being, the album triggers the biggest emotional response of any album without vocals. It demonstrates the sheer, emotional power that rock instruments have. The melodies and climaxes are sublime, there’s no other post-rock albums quite like this one. Another reason why this ranks so highly is because MAYBESHEWILL were one of the pioneers of British post-rock and they are very sorely missed by fans. Just listen to the song Accolades, Critical Distance and Red Paper Lanterns and you’ll see what I mean.


 

3. EARTHSIDEA Dream In Static. Release date: 23 October 2015.

earthside

There are few bands who make a huge impact with their debut album like EARTHSIDE have. This is modern prog rock at its finest. But the thing that EARTHSIDE has that sets them apart from the rest is their expert musicianship. Each member is an incredibly talented musician and this talent can be heard in the ambition of their tracks. They execute their brilliance without any pretentious fluff and they scored some of the best vocalists in the business to elevate their tracks to new levels (see: Crater, the title track and Mob Mentality). With a new album being recorded as we speak, we can expect big things from the rising proggers.


 

2. MØLJord. Release date: 13 April 2018.

mol

It’s probably no surprise MØL have ranked so highly on this list, considering they were my Album of the Year last year. It’s been warming to see Jord resonating with other people so strongly. Songs such as Storm, Bruma and Penumbra are some of the most striking blackgaze tracks of the past decade. Their shoegaze riffs, black metal vocals and chilling melodies add up to a spectacular album. I’ve already written so many words about this album but I never run out of praise to say about it. Emotion and soul drip from every note and syllable screamed. A phenomenal album by one of the most promising acts around.


 

1 . ANAAL NATHRAKHVanitas. Release date: 23 October 2012.

vanitas

Behold, my album of the decade! ANAAL NATHRAKH have always been one of the best extreme metal acts from Britain, but 2012’s Vanitas shows the band at their most ambitious and polished. These songs are huge! I honestly don’t know where to start with this album. A lot of their albums prior (and after) have a few standout tracks and the rest are forgettable. Vanitas has banger after banger, with every track being its own individual beast you’ll remember for a long time to come. Yes, Forging Towards The Sunset and To Spite The Face are incredible, but can we just talk about album finale A Metaphor For The Dead? With one of the most climatic choruses the band have ever written, along with some of the most devastating riffs, it has gone down in history as my favourite album closer of all time. A strong statement I know but once you hear it for yourself, you may agree! Every great album needs a powerful closer and Vanitas concludes in such a roaring fashion, you feel compelled to start over again. After seven years no album has topped this for me.

Metalmance’s Top Releases of 2018: 40 to 31

The first instalment of Metalmance’s Top 40 Releases of the 2018.

Welcome to my first instalment of my Top Releases of the 2018. I decided to not only have albums in the list, but EPs too, purely because of the wealth of fantastic ones released in the past 12 months. I will post 10 albums at a time, so without further ado enjoy my Top 40 to 31 albums of the year!

40

VEXESAncient Geometry

Released back in February, it feels like a long time since VEXES released their debut album Ancient Geometry yet it hasn’t lost any of its punch. The album has a shimmering nostalgic, progressive rock tinge, with a large helping of DEFTONES-esque melodies and ambiance. Featuring past members from a variety of established bands, VEXES bring all their skills and expertise together in this impressive record. Do not sleep on this album. My full review is linked below.

Vexes – Ancient Geometry

39

PSYCROPTICAs The Kingdom Drowns

Still a relatively new album as it was only released last month, As The Kingdom Drowns is the seventh album by Austrailian tech mertallers PSYCROPTIC and it’s making enormous waves in the tech death scene. It’s been a cracking year for tech death with the likes of BEYOND CREATION, INFERI and OSBCURA releasing albums, but for me, this effort by PSYCROPTIC surpasses those others as it’s the one I feel compelled to return to again. The instrumentation is absolutely stellar on this album, proving PSYCROPTIC are only getting better with each release. Cracking stuff.

38

WALK IN COMABlur The Line of Fiction and Hate

Here is the first of the EPs I have included in this year’s list. Southend’s WALK IN COMA are establishing themselves as one of Essex’s most promising metal acts with their EP, Blur The Line of Fiction and Hate. The band produce strong, in-your-face metal with good hooks and enough riffs to keep a PANTERA fan happy, but it is the second track Through Your Eyes which proves to be something very special indeed.

Walk In Coma – Blur The Line Of Fiction And Fate 

37

ORPHANED LANDUnsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs

Way back in January, Israeli progressive metallers ORPHANED LAND released the stunning Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs, and we need this album more than ever. The band have always flawlessly tied oriental elements in with their metal foundations and it always creates a spectacular result. Much like most of their back catalogue, ORPHANED LAND stresses the importance of equality, acceptance and love. The topics and themes feel a lot more urgent on this release, copying the state of current affairs in the world today. If you want an album where you feel you can unite with humanity, this would be it.

Orphaned Land – Unsung Prophets & Dead Messiahs 

36

TESSERACTSonder

When I reviewed Sonder, the fourth album by British prog metallers TESSERACT, back in April, I said it’s nowhere near the band’s best album but it could potentially worm its way into album of the year lists. Unfortunately the album didn’t stick with me throughout the remainder of the year, hence its low placing in my album list. Sonder has lots of good songs but it doesn’t maintain momentum or interest for me, compared to albums released by their contemporaries this year which have ranked higher. It’s still a strong album but I’m not convinced it will stand the test of time in the long run.

Tesseract – Sonder

35

WOLF KINGLoyal To The Soil

WOLF KING sound like what I always wanted TRAP THEM to become. They boast filthy, blackened hardcore along with strenuous screams that make their debut album Loyal to the Soil absolutely disgusting – in a good way! WOLF KING sound like the aural equivalent of a full day down the mines; dark, suffocating, dirty and forever plunging into the depths. An incredibly underrated debut release this year, I’m hoping Loyal to the Soil will eventually be celebrated as one of the finest slabs of blackened hardcore to date.

34

JESUS PIECEOnly Self

Speaking of filthy hardcore (oo-er!) Only Self is another breathtaking debut released this year…breathtaking in the winded kinda way. JESUS PIECE are rapidly emerging in the hardcore scene thanks to their CODE ORANGE-esque riffs and their 90s-inspired beats. This year has seen a lot of hype for JESUS PIECE’s contemporaries VEIN, but personally I think the former have the edge. The brutality, the ferocity and downright filth is both crushing and considerably impressive for a debut release. Expect big things. You can read more on what I have to say about Only Self in the link to the Roundup below.

Roundup – August 2018

33

MECHROMORPHSelf-titled EP

I couldn’t write my top 40 releases of the year list without including a quality band from my hometown. Slam metal band MECHROMORPH are the best metal band to burst out of Clacton since…well…ever. The band are proving their worth in the scene, having played shows all over the country and lighting a fire under other local bands. Their self-titled EP features old school sounds along with contemporary slam elements in the same vein as VULVODYNIA, INGESTED etc. Once the band have established their sound there is no reason they couldn’t also prove to be an unstoppable force.

Mechromorph – Self-titled EP

32

BLEEDING THROUGHLove Will Kill All

I always thought any new BLEEDING THROUGH album would be in my Top 10 albums of the year, so I’m surprised with myself for placing the band’s comeback album fairly low in the rankings. The metalcore darlings ended their career on a high with 2012’s The Great Fire and frontman Brandan Schieppati released a brilliant solo album as THE IRON SON in the meantime, but unfortunately Love Will Kill All didn’t quite live up to expectations compared to their peers ATREYU and THE AGONY SCENE who released better quality albums this year. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a solid album, and last track Life is positively stunning. Check out my BLEEDING THROUGH retrospective I wrote earlier in the year for my low-down on each of their albums.

METALMANCE RETROSPECTIVE: Bleeding Through

31

VALIS ABLAZEBoundless

This mesmerising debut album by Bristolians VALIS ABLAZE is the album I’ve moved around the most whilst compiling this Top 40 list. Boundless is an awesome progression from the band’s EP Insularity, but it’s an album I’ve struggled to return to throughout the year which is why I haven’t placed it higher. There are several particularly stunning tracks on here such as Lumen, Afterlight and Frequency which prove VALIS ABLAZE are one of the leading lights of British progressive metal. Choosing Paradox as their lead single might not have been the wisest choice as it doesn’t show the band at their most original, but bloody hell the potential is there for greater things.

Valis Ablaze – Boundless

METALMANCE RETROSPECTIVE: Bleeding Through

Rediscovering the back catalogue of one of the most important bands in metalcore.

BLEEDING THROUGH will always hold a special place in my heart for three reasons. The first reason being the band includes one member of the band EIGHTEEN VISIONS (Brandan Schieppati, the vocalist), and if you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know EIGHTEEN VISIONS are my favourite band. The second reason why BLEEDING THROUGH mean so much is because they were my first ever gig! I always joke I was waiting for a special band to lose my ‘gig virginity’ to as funny as that sounds, but I’m glad I waited until I was 16 and I saw BLEEDING THROUGH at Colchester Arts Centre with JOB FOR A COWBOY and THROWDOWN as support. Now if you are familiar with the OC straight edge scene you can probably guess why I was even more excited that THROWDOWN were supporting. THROWDOWN, BLEEDING THROUGH and EIGHTEEN VISIONS were always swapping members and playing shows together back in the day so seeing two of my ‘big three’ in one night almost blew my little mind. Especially as EIGHTEEN VISIONS had already broken up by this time and I thought I would never get to see them live (fortunately I was wrong!) and so BLEEDING THROUGH and THROWDOWN felt like the next best thing!

The third reason of course is because BLEEDING THROUGH consistently released albums of such superb quality and were pioneers of the metalcore scene (sorry if you hate that word). They’re one of those rare bands who have the energy of a hardcore band, the brutality of the hardest metalcore and some of the most mesmerising symphonic elements, of which never sound out of place or cheesy. There is no bad album and when the band split in 2014, they ended on a high. This year they announced their reformation AND released their new album Love Will Kill All. This retrospective will express my thoughts and memories of each album, along with favourite tracks. I also did a little digging through my old CD-ROMs of photos I’ve taken at gigs to choose a featured image for this post. What did I think of the new album? Continue reading to find out!

 

Dust To Ashes, 2001

Dust to Ashes

Unfortunately BLEEDING THROUGH’s debut is the album I’ve listened to the least, mainly because it’s so difficult to get hold of and I can only really listen to it on YouTube. Some of the tracks were later re-recorded for their second album such as Ill Part 2, Turns Cold to the Touch and Just Another Pretty Face, so I’ve never felt much of a need to keep returning to this album. It’s interesting to hear the strong EIGHTEEN VISIONS influences in this album, from Schieppati’s vocal delivery and songwriting to some of the structures and riffs. For a debut metalcore album in the early noughties, the production isn’t actually that bad!

Favourite track: Thrones of Agony.

I love the swagger of this song, the guitar licks and the breakdowns. The riffs were so ahead of their time. Quite a lot happens in this song, there are punk influences to hints of doom and it packs a punch, bringing their debut album to a blistering close.

 

Portrait of The Goddess, 2002

Portrait of the Goddess

This second album is always severely overlooked but it’s my favourite of BLEEDING THROUGH’s early albums. This is when the foundations of the band’s sound were truly set. Yes most of the songs were reworkings of tracks from the debut album but new tracks such as Wake of Orion and the title track show the promising direction the band were heading. Before AVENGED SEVENFOLD became one of the world’s biggest bands, the band played shows with BLEEDING THROUGH and M. Shadows lent his vocals to the track Savior, Saint, Salvation. It’s funny how the beginning of this track sounds like something A7X would release later in their career and shows how some bands in the scene became huge and how others crashed and burned.

Favourite track: Rise.

I am a mega fan of HIMSA and John Pettibone and the HIMSA singer guests on this fantastic track. Rise opens Portrait of the Goddess and it’s a tough song for others to follow because it’s just so good. I love the groove, I love the keys and I love the heaviness of this track. One of my favourite BLEEDING THROUGH tracks of all time.

 

This Is Love, This Is Murderous, 2003

This Is Love

Their third album This Is Love, This Is Murderous was the band’s breakthrough album and one of Trustkill Records best selling records of all time. This album is an important album for metalcore as BLEEDING THROUGH were doing things slightly differently and their format set the bar for their contemporaries and new bands. Listening back to the album now the production is quite bad but somehow this gives the record a mysterious charm. It’s aged pretty well, the riffs still sound as brutal as ever and you can hear how metalcore and even deathcore bands today took influence from This Is Love, This Is Murderous. The breakdowns on this album are something else. All the classics are here too from Love Lost In A Hail of Gun Fire, Revenge I Seek and On The Wings of Lead and samples from The Boondock Saints. If you haven’t listened to this slab of metal history then you seriously need to educate yourself.

Favourite track: Number Seven With a Bullet.

It was a hard decision between this track and City of the Condemned, but I chose Number Seven With a Bullet as it has the beginnings of the classic BLEEDING THROUGH sound. It also rages hard, some parts of this song are way ahead of its time. This track is a perfect example of what metalcore should be, a seamless mix of metal and hardcore. BLEEDING THROUGH always have and always will be masters at this.

 

The Truth, 2006

The TruthThis was the first album by BLEEDING THROUGH I bought and listened to. I remember hearing the single Kill To Believe and being overwhelmed by how heavy it was. I loved the chorus, I loved the keys and I just loved how fast and heavy the intro was, I hadn’t heard anything quite like it. The whole album is an unstoppable beast and nothing quite matches the pacing of this record. It’s a violent whirlwind all the way through. It slows down a tad with the ballad Line In The Sand, but this still sounds so urgent and melodically heavy they just about get away with it. I still argue this is the most unforgiving and brutal of their releases. It’s so unashamedly aggressive (remember the music videos for singles Kill To Believe and Love In Slow Motion?!) and I think it’s the anger that resonated with fans as everyone could relate in some form or another whether it would be heartbreak or feeling like a failure. BLEEDING THROUGH are so relatable and I think this is a strength to their music.

Favourite track: Dearly Demented.

This track has so many breathtaking elements, from it’s speedy pace to its climatic chorus and Marta’s amazing keys (the first album she is credited fully with BLEEDING THROUGH). One standout part of Dearly Demented though is the guest appearance of NIck 13 from rockabilly legends TIGER ARMY. It adds a really eerie dynamic to the track and takes it to a new high. This song is an example of everything BLEEDING THROUGH have to offer and so much more.

 

Declaration, 2008

Declaration

Recently I’ve seen people claim this is the best BLEEDING THROUGH album, I don’t necessarily agree but I can understand why this is a favourite for a lot of BLEEDING THROUGH fans. Declaration is when the blackened elements really ramp up and when they really start to push the genre of metalcore. A part of me felt a tad disappointed hearing this album, mostly because I thought The Truth was a masterpiece so I guess my expectations were high. This was also the first album without one of the founding members Scott Danough so a big part of the BLEEDING THROUGH magic had gone. It’s quite evident as the chaotic riffs are missing in Declaration. Instead the band had Jona Weinhofen from I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN (and after he left BLEEDING THROUGH he joined BRING ME THE HORIZON) who brought the big riffs. All the songs on this album have their own little flourishes and sounds. From the dark, brutal energy of Germany, the post-hardcore opening of There Was A Flood to the disgusting heaviness of Reborn From Isolation, this album shows BLEEDING THROUGH experimenting with different styles and it makes for a very exciting album.

Favourite track: Orange County Blond and Blue.

To be honest it was either going to be this or Death Anxiety but I chose Orange County Blond and Blue because I remember they previewed the song when I saw them live and I thought it sounded extremely beefy. The opening riff reminds me of older BLEEDING THROUGH and the chorus is just so catchy in its own ferocious way. Groovy and hard as nails this song is a winner.

 

Bleeding Through, 2010

Self TitledI think this album doesn’t receive the credit it deserves. I’ve always thought this album is the most overlooked but it just absolutely slays. This is when we started to see BLEEDING THROUGH becoming the modern metalcore force that they still are today. With songs like Anti-Hero having a thrashy stance and Your Abandonment sounding a bit like DIMMU BORGIR, it goes to show once again how comfortable the band were at pushing the boundaries of metalcore and writing a straight up heavy release. Schieppati was also being bold with his clean vocals on Salvation Never Found and Distortion, Devotion which are absolute stellar tracks. This album also saw the introduction of the band’s mantra of ‘Nothing is over’ which can be heard in the obliteratingly heavy Breathing in the Wrath. A stunning album from start to finish it still sounds like a colossal feat.

Favourite track: Slow Your Roll.

I adore this track, from the dark electronics, the brutal beginning and to the CRADLE OF FILTH-esque verses, Slow Your Roll is a perfect example of metalcore brutality. The way it crashes in at the start and never lets up, it’s unstoppable and Schieppati sounds like a total beast.

 

The Great Fire, 2012

The Great Fire

One of the reasons why I was absolutely gutted when BLEEDING THROUGH originally called it a day was because their last album The Great Fire was by far one of their best. Fast, brutal and relentless it was a true tour de force. It was heavy with blackened influences which is why the album shone so much. As usual Schieppati is full of hatred and anger but this is by far their darkest album musically. I wouldn’t be surprised if the big blackened deathcore acts of today didn’t take influence from this album, some riffs really sound like ANAAL NATHRAKH and it just sounds so goddamn evil. The gothic keys really give the album a sense of menace and impending doom, creating quite a suffocating atmosphere. At the time of their split I was glad they ended their career on such a high, unlike some of their peers. I saw this album as a real achievement and an example of a veteran metalcore band pushing the genre’s boundaries and creating a blackened masterpiece. The final track Back To Life will stick with me until the end of time.

Favourite track: Goodbye to Death.

I’ve probably said this about my other favourite album tracks but this song as it all. Goodbye to Death is absolutely mental. I don’t know how many times I’ve had this song on repeat but it still gives me chills. A stunningly heavy track it has a hardcore punk pacing with oodles of gothic elements and the most brutal of metalcore riffs. This song is outrageous.

 

Love Will Kill All, 2018

Love Will Kill All

One thing I love about this album is that it was produced by ANAAL NATHRAKH’s Mick Kenney (who also produced Schieppati’s solo project THE IRON SON and EIGHTEEN VISION’s comeback album too) so there are some brilliant blackened ANAAL NATHRAKH-esque passages. Fade Into The Ash is a brilliant comeback track, demonstrating Schieppati’s improved vocals and the band’s wicked return to songwriting. The album sounds a cross between Declaration and their self-titled which is a winning combination. The blackened riffs are out in force, especially in No Friends and the whole record oozes confidence and attitude. This is BLEEDING THROUGH returning all guns blazing and showing the new kids how it’s done. The band always return with a gang-vocal-tastic song and the first song they released off Love Will Kill All was no different; Set Me Free has a hard as nails chorus but also spectacular black metal screams halfway through the track. No One From Nowhere is a gloriously brutal track proving the band are back on fine form. A perfect return for the Kings and Queen of metalcore.

Favourite track: Life.

This is probably everyone’s favourite track from Love Will Kill All because of one reason, and one reason only. Marta’s bloody brilliant vocals. How has it taken it this long for her haunting warbles to grace a BLEEDING THROUGH track? It brings the album to an absolutely chilling close. The band have always been full of feeling but this song triggers all the feels. Welcome back BLEEDING THROUGH.

Metalmance Monster Hits Part 1

5 fiendishly good metal videos to get you in the mood for all things undead and delicious

Halloween is almost upon us! Enjoy the first part of Metalmance’s list of spooktacular band videos to rattle your bones to.

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Angel Eyes

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without Ash Costello and the frontman of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE, getting all freaky in this NEW YEAR’S DAY video which gets fans all hot under their tattoo chokers. All goth girls probably wish they can catch Chris Motionless’ eye across a masquerade ballroom floor. He sure does steal hearts in this video…ahem…

 

ENGERICA – The Smell

Nowadays the scariest thing to come out of Essex is the cast of TOWIE, but 10 years ago this gloriously old school horror video by Essex band ENGERICA gave everyone the creeps. Stylishly shot in black and white, ‘the smell’ is cast in a ghoulish green and terrorises a whole city. The band’s catchy and fun rock songs are sorely missed but it’s gems like this video that remind us what a [trick or] treat the band were.

 

MY VITRIOL – Nightcall

Will the new MY VITRIOL album finally see the light in 2017??? Here’s hoping, but until then, feast your eyes on this hella-creepy video for their cover of KAVINSKY’s Nightcall. Frontman Som Wardner sports a pair of fangs and white contacts in this video to accompany the narrative of a terrifying masked stalker (think Michael Myers crossed with Team America). It involves woods, lots of blood and a disturbing twist…

 

BLEEDING THROUGH – Kill to Believe

Now, I’ve been a bit cheeky here and included BLEEDING THROUGH twice in this list, but bear with me. Both videos connect, with this video for Kill to Believe being first in the running order. Frontman Brandan Schieppati pulls up to a roadside diner with his new bride, but the locals are not exactly hospitable. Things soon start to get tense and violent and you might want to reconsider using the loo at the next diner you visit…

 

BLEEDING THROUGH – Love in Slow Motion

Things ramp up in this ‘sequel’ to the previous video. To avoid spoiling the other plot, I’ll just say Schieppati gets his revenge here. Stylistically the video definitely feels a bit Texas Chainsaw Massacre with the characters seen in Kill to Believe (including the band themselves) receiving their violent punishments. The brutal imagery here suits the absolutely lethal metal which BLEEDING THROUGH were best known and missed for.

 

Check in later in the week for more monstrous gems!