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Declaration
     

Declaration

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by Bleeding Through
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Trustkill Records
UPC:
0824953011629
catalogNumber:
116

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Performance Credits

Bleeding Through   Primary Artist
Dave Nassie   Guitar,Soloist
Brandan Schieppati   Vocals,Group Member
Tim Lambesis   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Derek Youngsma   Drums,Group Member
Ryan Wombacher   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Brian Leppke   Guitar,Group Member
Jona Weinhofen   Guitar,Group Member
Joshua Belvedere   Violin
Doug Gorkoff   Cello
Elyse Jacobson   Violin
Marta   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Devin Townsend   Producer,Engineer
Dean Maher   Engineer
Bleeding Through   Composer

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