The Bled

Found In The Flood

Written by: PP on 11/09/2005 03:49:49

Today's hardcore scene consists of tonnes of onehitwonder bands, who compose a great debut album, work on a follow up for a year or two, only to completely disappear from the radar after releasing their sophomore effort. The Bled's second album "Found In The Flood", was one of the most anticipated hardcore releases of the year after their critically acclaimed 2003 debut album "Pass The Flask".

With "Found In The Flood", the band introduces augmented singing and delicateness to their arrangements. Their debut consisted mostly of pure hardcore vocals, with some rare exceptions like the mostly soft song "Porcelain Hearts And Hammers For Teeth", which foreshadows the greatness of songs like "Daylight Bombings" to come. Consequently, their sound has shifted into a more accessible form for those who aren't so familiar to the intensity of the hardcore genre. While the sceneists will consider this as selling out, I'd rather call it evolution. For instance, despite its lack of hardcore vocals, "Daylight Bombings" is the best song The Bled has ever composed after the overly melodic piece "I Never Met Another Gemini" from their debut, and the six minute long beauty "Antarctica" will surely reach the fans of denser, Tool/A Perfect Circle-esque music with its dark, slowly built up song structure. The closing song "I Don't Keep With Liars Anymore" is another masterpiece, resembling the intensity of the songs on their debut album.

Even though the album consists of some of the best, most intriguing songs the band has ever composed, it's still missing their old success formula of intensity over melodiousness, which made the debut album stick out from the masses of hardcore bands out there today. "Found In The Flood" is still a solid effort, but it will hopelessly drown in the overpopulated stream of similar hardcore bands today.


Download: Daylight Bombings, Hotel Coral Essex
For the fans of: Alexisonfire, UnderOATH

Release date 23.08.2005
Vagrant Records

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