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Album Review

Bleeding Through stick to their guns on Declaration. The album offers another helping of their already trademark metalcore — basically, a synthesis of black metal, melodic death, techno-thrash à la Machine Head, and screamo (this is where the groove is). Granted, there's not much actual synthesis going on, as the band veers between the styles, tilting from all-out extreme onslaughts to catchier moments and back, but it works, if not immediately. Bleeding Through push the blastbeats and vocals from hell to the forefront of most songs in a blunt effort to stun the audience; however, although getting over the initial shock requires additional listens, it can reveal that there's really a lot of interesting stuff happening on Declaration — Bleeding Through may not have invented musical brutality, but they've studied it inside out and know how to go from channeling Dimmu Borgir to a rumbling riff-o-rama and occasional clean vocals without sounding forced. Still, this is far from the catchiest album even within the metal scene (there's really a lot of blastbeats), and besides, between the eerie background synths and the angsty screaming, Declaration is a very serious album (in fact, it's a concept record about being away from home), which may make it sound kind of old-fashioned in a world powered by irony. But then again, this is a conscious choice for the band, and, well, somebody's gotta be real earnest about things. All in all, Declaration shows Bleeding Through in their prime, although if they have anything to declare as a musical unit it's that they remain exactly where they were, with all the bonuses and shortcomings of that.

Customer Reviews


I saw this band last night supporting Bullet For My Valentine and they were awsome. I downloaded the album when I got home!

Bleeding Through are back and heavier than ever

From the moment the symphonic into of "Finis Fatalis Spei" a dark moody tone is set, none of which which can prepare you for the full bore assault of album opener the title track "Declaration" explodes into life.Complete with unrelenting blastbeats,vicious shredding, and a truly awesome vocal performance by Brian Schieppati. Every track is so brutal and by far the most extreme album by Bleeding Through. There are occasional solos and melody that entwine with the extremity,that makes for an album with peaks and valleys.Marta's keyboard makes a much more black metal feel to the album. Which is also crammed full of ultra heavy beatdowns,a stunning production job by genius Devin Townsend ensures that this is the ultimate Bleeding Through album.

damn its good

one of the best albums ive heard all year this album almost levels on black metal theres some dimmu borgir style vocals in this album its so damn good its up there with slipknot and trivium good work guys its even better that ive seen them live this year a quality band


Formed: 2000 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Orange County, CA, sextet Bleeding Through formed in the year 2000, featuring vocalist Brandan Schieppati, guitarists Brian Leppke and Scott Danough, bassist Ryan Wombacher, drummer Derek Youngsma, and keyboardist Marta Peterson. Probably the county's biggest misfits, Bleeding Through don't play pop, ska, hardcore, or even punk (though they sure look like the latter), but rather crushing aggro-death-core popular among many post-millennial American post-screamo bands. Bleeding Through have ties to...
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