Bleed From Within – Fracture

Bleed From Within – Fracture
Century Media Records
Release Date: 29/05/2020
Running Time: 42:10
Review by Steven Hooke
8/10

It’s mad to think we almost lost Bleed From Within to nothing more than sheer ignorance once upon a time. Frontman Scott Kennedy had the audacity to have a fringe in the early 2010s, at the height of modern metalcore’s popularity, and the scourge of “that’s not metal!” music fans tried their damnedest to ignore and dismiss the Scottish outfit before listening to a single note. However, what they weren’t counting on was the absolute thunderbastard of BFW’s third studio album “Uprising”, an extension of their deathcore sound, now featuring melodies rooted in Sweden’s melodic death metal scene that firmly separated them from any Horizon or Alexandria-based contemporaries.

Following a brief hiatus and a change in the guitar guard, BFW returned for their fourth album in 2018. “Era” was the confirmation, should anyone have needed it, that the lads could still go, settling further into the melodeath direction of “Uprising” with an ample selection of riffs and grooves, whilst also using the opportunity to dabble with cleaner vocals, with FNG Steven Jones largely backing some of Kennedy’s lighter screams, causing the kind of vocal layering that sounds like the vocal choir of Hell’s Fifth Circle.

“Fracture” sees Bleed From Within’s musical evolution continue into heights few could predicted, even when taking into consideration the trajectory of their last few albums. It’s not just about taking more influence from melodic death metal or the step-forward in the use of Jones’ clean vocals, every aspect of the band’s sound now feels sharpened, the performances of everyone involved is of the highest tier and Bleed From Within now look like a band of limitless ascendancy.

Opener ‘The End Of All We Know’ puts the tone of the album firmly into place. No floaty intro track, no spoken-word world builder, it is a succession of neck-snapping riffs backed by the stomp of Ali Richardson’s beats that tell the listener that COVID isn’t the only thing about to fuck your world up. The track is also the first time we hear the trade-offs between Kennedy and Jones. Any clean vocal style would typically bring fear and terror to the troo metal purist (anyone remember Suicide Silence?), but Jones’ tone and delivery only seek to add to the diversity of the band’s sound, allowing for moments of genuine melodic brutality, that we’ll see in its fullest on tracks like ‘Ascend’ and the title track.

While the first half of the album establishes what this album is, the second half is a whirlpool of white-hot energy and power that should define exactly just who the fuck Bleed From Within are.

‘Night Crossing’ sees Scott prove that he’s no slouch in the clean vocal department, belting out a rattling thrash chorus betwixt a series of leering grooves and a cameo appearance from everyone’s heavy metal best friend Matt Heafy. It is a pretty much a half-and-half split in the album’s latter half between vocal superiority and being torn asunder by resident riff machine Goonzi which occurs somewhere in ‘Ascend’. Backed by the rhythm section of Richardson and Davie Provan, Goonzi – who has already been on top form for the duration of the album – finds that extra little something, laying waste to ‘Ascend’ to almost comical levels, before employing a stomp on ‘Utopia’ that would make Meshuggah sweat, before finishing off on a groove from the school of Deftones’ ‘Swerve City’ for closer ‘A Depth That No One Dares’.

You would be forgiven for being caught off-guard by “Fracture”. Even if you had been following the band since their first note nearly 15 years ago, the step-up here is reserved for metal’s elite. In the year of our lord 2020, we’ve had high profile metal releases from the likes of Trivium, Sylosis, The Black Dahlia Murder, an influx of the next generation from Loathe and Irist, for Bleed From Within to standout in the way that they have speaks volumes for the band they have become and the potential for what may come next.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The End of All We Know
02. Pathfinder
03. Into Nothing
04. Fall Away
05. Fracture
06. Night Crossing [ft. Matt Heafy (Trivium)]
07. For All to See
08. Ascend
09. Utopia
10. A Depth That No One Dares

LINE-UP:
Scott Kennedy – Lead Vocals
Craig “Goonzi” Gowans – Lead Guitar
Steven Jones – Rhythm Guitar, Clean Vocals
Davie Provan – Bass
Ali Richardson – Drums, Percussion

LINKS:
www.bleedfromwithin.com/
www.facebook.com/bleedfromwithinband/
www.instagram.com/bleedfromwithin/
www.twitter.com/BleedFromWithin
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5ZvwJikDgdP1PFU4PkAPVG
www.youtube.com/user/BleedFromWithin

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EMQ’s with DISPOSITIONS

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EMQ’s with DISPOSITIONS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, Texas based Deathcore / Metalcore band Dispositions! Huge thanks to Ethan Massey for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Dispositions started out in 2015 as an internet project by guitarist, Ethan Massey. Soon after finding band members, Dispositions entered the studio to record their debut EP “Dead Era” which released in January 2017.Dispositions then began playing local shows around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They then hit the studio in late 2017 to record with producer, Cory Brunnemann in San Antonio, TX to record two singles. One being a Linkin Park cover called ‘QWERTY’ and the other called ‘Imitator’, which Dispositions shot a music video for. With the momentum of those singles Dispositions started playing shows and going on runs with bands such as DevilDriver, Jinjer, Upon a Burning Body, Bury Your Dead, Drowning Pool, Attila and MANY more! Adding a second guitarist in the mix in 2018, Dispositions hit the studio again with Cory to record two more songs later that year. One being the song ‘Pitiful’ and the other being ‘For You’.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a Tool song.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from the US, specifically, Texas. The music scene here in Dallas/Fort Worth is extremely active with lots of local bands of all genres and a good amount of venues that allow big tours to come through.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is our song called ‘Pitiful’. We have a new song/video coming out.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

We’d like to eventually work with Landon Tewers from The Plot in You.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Rock AM Ring would be pretty insane. Some of our favourite bands have played that one.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

#spreadthehate

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag Darrel or Chester Bennington

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The shows and travel are by far the most fun part. Being a local band all this mostly come out of our pockets to fund at the moment so that’s probably the part we hate.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d personally love for it to go back to the 80’s style and you were signed based off your talent and showmanship other than social media numbers and streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“10,000 Days” by TOOL

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Downloads are the most convenient but CD’s were the coolest in the early 2000’s when they’d actually come with cool behind the scene booklets about the album.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

There’s a few that come to mind but I think when we played with DevilDriver at Gas Monkey Live or playing to a totally sold out crowd with Upon a Burning Body in Dallas.

What’s next for the band?

Next for us is to release our song, ‘For You’ on 11/15 as well as playing a few shows with Bury Your Dead, Fit for an Autopsy and more.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, distrokid, Spotify, Apple Music, google play, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/dispositionstx%20/
https://twitter.com/dispositionstx
https://www.instagram.com/dispositionstx/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Honestly have no idea what those are. Lol!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Hit our website up, DISPOSITIONSTX.COM to get your merch and tickets!
https://dispositionstx.com/
Ethan Massey
Facebook.com/dispositionstx

 

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Whitechapel – The Valley

The Valley Cover

Whitechapel – The Valley
Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 29/03/2019
Running Time: 40:29
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
9/10

Greetings and salutations, my hordes of evil, nefariousness and downright mischief! I am Dark Juan, hopefully you have deflowered virgins of all faiths according to my word and you will all worship at my anointed feet because I have a massive and overweening sense of my own self-importance. In other news, there are no snacks in the house besides crisps and considering I work in the factory that makes them I’m sick of the fucking sight of potato based snacks and therefore I am consumed with righteous rage and furious anger because all I fucking want is cake. There is no cake in the house. WHAT MOTHERFUCKING KIND OF HOUSEHOLD DO I LIVE IN WHEN THERE IS NO AVAILABLE CAKE?

Pardon my outburst, please. It is probably because I am listening to one of the angriest records I think I have ever heard, being Whitechapel’s “The Valley”. This music is visceral, vein bulging fury of the kind that is seen shortly before it has launched itself teeth first at its hated enemy and buried said dentistry in the carotid artery and is busily masticating its way through flesh, tendon and muscle. To say this record is angry is to say that Lewis Hamilton can drive very, very fast and is also boring as fuck as an interviewee. However, Whitechapel are not boring as fuck. Far from it..!

“The Valley” is written from the perspective of vocalist Phil Bozeman looking back at his childhood and the struggles his mother suffered with mental health and other issues. This immediately gives the record a personal, intimate feeling, whereas some metal by its very nature is almost… aloof from the listener. Arch Enemy are a good case to cite to prove that theory – technically super competent, entertaining, but somehow cold and distant. Whitechapel are the wide eyed, staring, drooling madman screaming incoherently at you an inch away from your face, blasting you with spittle and bad breath. You cannot hide from Whitechapel and this album lays feelings and dreams skinned, bare and raw. It is NOT a comfortable listen for me because I suffer from certain difficulties with my mental health and there are certain parallels with my own childhood (hard to believe, I know, what with my jocularity and everything) and this record is the musical equivalent of setting a razor to my vein and slashing the fuck away. I’m literally looking into the soul of a damaged man who has decided to come out fighting everyone and everything forever. Phil’s voice is the sound of a man who has spent most of his life staring into an inky black abyss containing…. something. Something that has tested his sanity, and it’s hanging by a thread and he’s carrying a loaded shotgun. And he’s just caught you shagging his 17 year old daughter…

There are a couple of occasions where Phil sings in a clean style on the record – ‘Hickory Creek’ being the notable example of this. It lends the Whitechapel sound a valuable extra dimension beyond the sheer, uncompromising, crushing rage they normally display. Phil’s vulnerable, wounded side comes out and although not the most accomplished singer in the world, the pathos and raw emotion in his voice makes the whole song… complicated. You don’t want to say you like something that someone is clearly bleeding their soul out on, but I like it. You know what I mean. However, Phil normally employs a method of vocalisation that is akin to flicking the love spuds of a large predatory animal until it is enraged and staying there to be mortally savaged with tooth and claw. It is primal roaring of the highest order, and again, much like Nathanael Underwood of Damim’s vocals, entirely clean in diction rather than an incomprehensible hurricane approximation of words. I can hear what he’s singing about and this is a very good thing indeed.

So, as intimate as you can get then! No mean feat for a band whose sheer brutality normally means they stand apart from the mainstream, and from the affections of some metal fans. Every song on this record is excellent for different reasons. My brain is now liquid. It has been absolutely beaten to a pulp. There’s nothing like music with emotion and soul, and “The Valley” is the epitome of it.

The guitar work of Ben “Perfectly Named” Savage, Zach “Not Quite As Perfectly Named As Ben” Householder and Alex “My Name Is Not Relevant To This Joke” Wade is magnificent, downtuned, semi-djent ultraviolence of considerable class, and the drumming of Ben Harclerode the sound of a man determined to kill everyone in a four mile radius with the power of percussion. The bass is a solid rumble that shakes organs loose and causes internal bleeding. There’s some standout songs in what is an utterly magnificent record – the previously mentioned ‘Hickory Creek’, ‘Third Depth’ (almost Tool-esque in parts!) and the huge and rabid beast that is ‘Forgiveness Is Weakness’. This is one of the most dense listening experiences I have ever heard, running OHHMS’ last record a close second. Extraordinary. Truly a one of a kind album!

Yet again, another metal band proves the naysayers wrong. Metal has never been in such rude health as it is now, and the amount of superb records acquiring my attention has never been higher.

Brothers and Sisters of the One True Faith, buy this record. Buy it now. I command you.
The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System awards “The Valley” by Whitechapel 9/10 for an emotional journey (for me personally, at least) that’s ended up covered in blood and viscera. An incredible record of power, depth, complexity and raw fucking emotion!

TRACKLISTING:
01. When A Demon Defiles A Witch
02. Forgiveness Is Weakness
03. Brimstone
04. Hickory Creek
05. Black Bear
06. We Are One
07. The Other Side
08. Third Depth
09. Lovelace
10. Doom Woods
11. Sea Of Trees

LINE-UP:
Phil Bozeman – Vocals
Ben Savage – Guitar
Zach Householder – Guitar
Alex Wade – Guitar
Ben Harclerode – Drums
Gabe Crisp – Bass

LINKS:
https://www.whitechapelband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/whitechapelband/

https://www.instagram.com/whitechapelband/

https://www.youtube.com/user/WhitechapelTV

 

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