All I can say is...WOW. Empire is the first album that I've heard from Bleed From Within and I was very impressed. From the moment the first track, "This Is Our Legacy", started playing, I was sucked in like a 13 year old watching his first porno. I paid no attention to anything around me, sat back and cranked up the volume.
Now I'm going to be completely honest with you for a second. When I first received this album, I didn't expect much, mainly due to the fact that I had never heard of them. Also because of the band name itself. I really thought that they were going to be some run of the mill hardcore or screamo band. As of now, I am eating my own words. I really need to stop judging a book by its cover because Bleed From Within are the complete opposite of what I initially thought they would be.
Bleed From Within was formed in 2005. The members include Scott Kennedy on vocals, Craig Gowans and Dave Lennon on guitars, Dave Provan on bass and Ali Richardson on drums. This five piece metal band from Hamilton, Scotland really knows how to turn out killer songs and keep you wanting more. Back to the album now.
I am a fan of every song on this album, but one track stood out the most to me - the third track entitled, "Last Of Our Kind". This song is absolutely wicked from beginning to end. But what really caught my ear in this song is at the 2:30 mark when they slow it down. It totally caught me off guard to hear clean guitaring in this song. I found myself in awe of how greatly it worked with the rest of the song. Come to think of it, I believe my play count on this song is in the double digits already. It's that damn good. As a musician myself, I can appreciate what they've done with this record. Rather than throw some half ass guitar riffs together with mediocre vocals and sloppy drumming, you can tell they made sure everything was on point and worked well together. And every song on this album shows that from beginning to end.
As we all know, everyone has their own opinion when it comes to anything and everything. My honest opinion with this record is simple. Empire filled the hole that has been eating away at my library of metal music for quite some time. Not only will I continue to listen to this record, I plan on buying their previous two as well.