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Reviews – Shrine – Phoosi

01. I Am Damnation
02. Sovereign
03. Levitate
04. Flesh And Stone
05. Invisible Enemy
06. Skye
07. Stand Down
08. Demise Outlined
09. Shapeshifter
10. Temple Of Lunacy
11. Killing Time
12. Paradise

Fashioned on the peak of the metalcore growth, BLEED FROM WITHIN at all times had the look of main contenders about them. That it has taken till now for the Scottish crew to dwell as much as that promise says extra concerning the metallic world basically than it does concerning the high quality of their music, not least as a result of BLEED FROM WITHIN have made regular and spectacular progress as a inventive pressure, with every successive album revealing larger depths and sharper songwriting than the one earlier than. That mentioned, 2020’s “Fracture” was a particular turning level. Releasing into the unsure void of widespread lockdowns, it garnered essentially the most ecstatic opinions of their profession up to now, and deservedly so. Denied the possibility to tour the document correctly, BLEED FROM WITHIN did the respectable factor and easily moved on to the following inventive problem, buoyed by a lot proof that, finally, victory was imminent.

In actual fact, “Shrine” is so good that it is a victory in and of itself. There have been occasional moments in BLEED FROM WITHIN‘s recorded previous that arguably strayed too near formulaic metalcore box-ticking, however that a part of the band’s sound is lengthy gone and what stays is extremely distinctive, dense with big hooks and noticeably heavier than something the Scots have carried out earlier than.

All of it comes collectively on opener “I Am Damnation”. Initially launched as a single in 2021, its mix of lumbering, KORN-like riffing, haughty gothic grandeur and rousing, raw-voiced hooks supplied a reasonably definitive assertion about the place BLEED FROM WITHIN have been heading. “Shrine” completely backs up that promise, each when it comes to the ingenuity of the songwriting and, maybe extra importantly, via an total ambiance of bullish authority. As numerous as this document is, each little bit of it thrums with supreme confidence. From the extra brutal and straight-ahead likes of “Sovereign” and “Invisible Enemy” via to the subtle mix of anthemic, orchestral pomp and brutal churn that makes “Levitate” sound inexorably destined to be heard in huge arenas, all the pieces has benefitted from the time and house to craft these songs into good little snapshots of a band clicking into the next gear. One peculiar peak on an album filled with them, “Flesh And Stone” is genuinely extraordinary: an avalanche of slow-motion sledgehammer riffs, eerie atmospherics and bloodied blasting evolving in actual time towards a monolithic, grandstanding end, with frontman Scott Kennedy bellowing determined threats from the center of the melee. It could be the best second in BLEED FROM WITHIN‘s profession to this point, though “Stand Down” comes an in depth second for being so absurdly circle-pit pleasant that you could be want to safe your furnishings earlier than you take heed to it at dwelling. That applies to the remainder of “Shrine”, too. BLEED FROM WITHIN have made their very own luck and delivered a contemporary metallic grasp class.

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