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Review: the bled - pass the flask - music

 

Released in 2003, Pass the Flask crooked this barely quintet from Tucson, into a mainstream achievement overnight. Classifying this band as 'metalcore' or 'indie' or 'hardcore' is quite futile, as for every genre you pick, a big shot is going to disagree, and have a solid aid for their view. All nevertheless can agree that doesn't matter what The Bled are doing, they are doing it well.

This album bursts into achievement from the first song, and doesn't let you down for 38 minutes. For myself I would like to see a longer album, but releasing a short disc like this sure does make you long for more. The album is very tight throughout, featuring a 'machine gun' riffing divide in just about every song. If you love the clich?d 'hardcore' breakdowns, you will love every exact of this album.

As with all bands in the 'metalcore' genre, the guitar work on this album is fantastic, a great blend of gentle indie tones, contrasted next to discordant riffing doubled by the bass guitar and kick drums. Showcased best in 'The sound of sulfur' guitarists; Jeremy Tally and Ross Ott put on a spectacular act highlighted by the breakdown division half way all through the song. Edifice at a snail's pace with one hard panned guitar, the riff leisurely progresses over 8 bars, culminating in a automaton gun divide up with a 4/4 crash beat forcing you to nod your head. 'I hope he loves you like I did/ when you desirable me / I came for you that night'

The singing on this disc are nonentity short of phenomenal, the band manages to turn a simplistic guitar tune and peaceful vocal line 'and I'd burn alive to keep you warm/when you're alone/shiver under blankets in the basement" and bit by bit turn it into a batter symphony that Metallica authorize of. The most critical appearance of music is dynamics; there is no use in in performance a little heavy if you can contrast it next to a touch quiet. The band knows this, and they have crafted their songs masterfully using this concept.

Known for their intense stage show, the music conveys a sense of urgency, as if the band knew they need to have this music heard, and they aren't going to sit down until you've heard faithfully what they have to say. You will hear it, in particular since I you'll find physically spinning up your speakers periodically as the album progresses.

One of the most memorable moments on this disc comes on the 9th track, 'we are the industry' after 3 notes of heavy riffing and screaming, the song bit by bit degrades into a clear-cut guitar song with calm, be important of fact lyrics whispering 'we are the business / the birth and the death' while the pulsation and guitar gradually grows over the next few bars; adding together a down-to-earth adjust every 4 bars gives the song an epic buildup, in the long run the music, and words reach a confused pitch and then drop off, into static.

If you're looking for a solid album with heavy guitars, solid pulse and exceptional screaming vocals, there is a damn good accidental that you will enjoy the bled. If not, you have terrible taste in music, and you ought to be shot! Well, conceivably that isn't the case, but I certainly like this disc, and I hope you do as well.

Overall: 8. 4

Chris Elkjar is the break down of 'trust. me' an online music magazine for the enthusiast. He spends all of his spare time wrapped up in music, be it journalism reviews, interviews with important bands or characters his own music.

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