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Album Review

Most people in the arts who move from Oklahoma to Southern California end up staying in So-Cal permanently. The late jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, an Oklahoma native, made Los Angeles his new home and never looked back; veteran R&B critic Steven Ivory, originally from Oklahoma City, moved to L.A. in the 1970s and stayed there. But there are exceptions to that rule, including Bleed the Sky, who moved from Oklahoma City to Orange County, CA, in 2005 but returned to Oklahoma City in 2007 — the year in which they recorded Murder the Dance. Bleed the Sky have had their share of lineup changes, and on this 63-minute CD, the lineup consists of Noah Robinson on lead vocals, Justin Warrick and Rob Thornton on guitar, Ryan Clark on bass, and Austin D'Amond on drums; Robinson and D'Amond are the only ones remaining from Bleed the Sky's original 2003 lineup. Stylistically, there is only one word to describe Murder the Dance: metalcore. That means plenty of breakdowns, vicious bombast, angry lyrics, and Robinson offering the type of throat-shredding, tortured screaming that metalcore is known for. Occasionally, there are some cleans vocals, but not to the point of pushing Murder the Dance into screamo territory; the vast majority of the vocals are extreme vocals rather than clean vocals. So metalcore purists shouldn't have a problem with this 63-minute CD — at least not a stylistic problem. The disc's greatest shortcoming is the fact that the material is unremarkable. Murder the Dance isn't a bad album or an incompetent album, but tracks like "The Sleeping Beauty" and "Knife Fight in a Phone Booth" simply aren't very memorable — and there is little that makes Bleed the Sky stand out in the ultra-crowded metalcore/hardcore field.

Customer Reviews

Metal Core Done Right

After just a quick listen through the album, I realized how much I missed Metal Core having not listing to it for a while. "Murder the Dance" is a great combination of heavy riffs and some decent solo work (Bastion shines) with an excellent bass blend. The album also delivers some seamless vocals with great highs and lows (Slavior reps). The drums are hard, heavy and fast. I really enjoyed the high-hat attacks on the title track. The overall mix and quality of sound on the album is also great. Other thoughts: The track Poseidon is very remenecent of later Pantera (Trendkill and Reinventing the Steel). Occam's Razor acted as a intermission to the balls out metal that makes up the rest of the album. This album is in your face with great riffs, heavy bass, in your face drums/vocals and is a must own for Metal Core enthusiasts. 5 out of 5

More brutal than the 1st album

Wow.... they really stepped it up a notch on this album. The dumming is insane, talk about double bass. The only disappointment is Occam's Razor, its a slow song, it just doesn't fit this album well. I highly recommend this if you liked the first album or are a fan of bands like chimaira, devildriver, or unearth.

getting irritated with bands like "The Sword"?

Not to sure what happend to the sound of true in your face metal, but this album definatly brings what should not be called old school at this point back to the table. Break down after break down, intense ambiance, the stuff that makes you truly want to bang your head not just rock out. Vocals are a touch consistent through out the ablum but executed very well, guitar riffs creative and catchy but a bit weak. However the amazing drumming covers any areas of music that may be a touch repeditive. Over all a great BRUTAL album to jam to with out having to listen to black metal.

Biography

Formed: January, 2003 in Orange County, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Orange County, CA's Bleed the Sky was formed in January 2003 by vocalist Noah Robinson, guitarists Kyle Moorman and Wayne Miller, bassist Casey Kulek, DJ Puck, and drummer Austin D'Amond, the guys playing their first show, an opening spot for Opeth, merely two months later. They put out their first EP early the following year, selling over 1,000 copies themselves before signing a deal with Nuclear Blast in the fall of 2004. Their April 2005 debut for Nuclear Blast, Paradigm in Entropy, featured a...
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