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Album Review

Found in the Flood refines the post-hardcore flail of the Bled's 2003 debut Pass the Flask. The ratios have all been tightened — loud to soft, melodic to disjointed, sane to crazy — and the result is an album with more rewards than the typical genre entry. It's still loaded down with pretentious cover art, and the constant dynamic between whispering shudder and screaming bloody murder might grow tiresome for those with just a casual interest in post-hardcore's tortured cerebrals. But "Guttershark" and "My Assassin" are rabid and raucous Mars Volta descendents that still stay in sight of melody, and there are enough tweezed guitar moments throughout Flood to offer more than the usual wall of gruff distortion. Bled vocalist James Muñoz is adept at the jarring shifts between an exploding esophagus and falsetto croon, and noted modern rock producer Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Rilo Kiley) keeps the Bled moving along without too many indulgent pauses. In fact, most of the indulgence is saved for the end, where the otherwise satisfyingly chaotic "I Don't Keep with Liars Anymore" fizzles into a noodling exploration of guitar harmonics. (The squelchy programming tacked onto the very end doesn't count for anything.) Fortunately there's "Last American Cowboy," which stutters along in volatile post-hardcore meter until dropping into an insistent, even hooky chorus, and "Antarctica," where the swirling opening fog becomes something much louder and very near a noisier Modest Mouse.

Customer Reviews

A shift in The Bled's Lyrics

This album really shows what The Bled is actually made of. The band still contains their hardcore, screamo elements in this album which has been shown in Pass the Flask, but also shows some softer lyrics in it. I would say that this album is an early stage of what The Bled will bring in the future, and is the best lyrical and instrumental albums The Bled has make.

I can't believe that I picked this out of boredom!

I listened to a couple of the Bled's songs (Red Wedding, My Assassin) and when i had a discount at Borders, bought this out of boredom. I have to admit, this is a GREAT ALBUM, I don't consider these guys screamo/emo but I think they are like metalcore/post-hardcore type band and they aren't annoying like those popular "metal" bands that eventually go "hip-hop" or "emo". Anyhow, the guitars are decent and unique and the drums have a military drumline style. The lyrics are very intense and driving, they make me shudder a bit. The only thing that I have to complain about is "My Assassin", I loved that song but in the last line of the chorus "If not us can I save you" sounds a bit awkward because it sounded like the last two words (save you) were squeezed in to fit with the time signature. The key tracks on this album are Guttershark, My Assassin, Antarctica, Last American Cowboy, Daylight Bombings, and Millionaires.

Glassjaw is proud

The Bled mix the sound of post hardcore (ie. killswitch etc) with older emo/hardcore sounds (ie. Glassjaw). They do so with prowess and smoothness. Last American Cowboy shows the band's awsome energy and tallent both musically and vocally. It is obvious that The Bled was greatly influenced by Glassjaw (in my eyes the pioneers of this new emocore era, Underoath, chiodos etc...) and make them proud in the fact that they are pushing even further this new and raw sound that will continue to be personalized forever.


Formed: 2001 in Tucson, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by groups like Refused and the Mars Volta, Tucson-based post-hardcore quintet the Bled burst onto the national scene with their 2005 Vagrant debut, Found in the Flood. By that point the band's lineup featured vocalist James Muñoz, guitarists Ross Ott and Jeremy Talley, and a rhythm section of Darren Simoes (bass) and Mike Pedicone (drums), though like most bands they'd endured some lineup changes in the past. Previous to the Vagrant deal, the Bled had been on Fiddler, where they issued the...
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