Bleed The Hatred Inside 01aYës, thät rëälly is än ümläüt. And much as this, the moronic lyrics and the poor grammar permeating The Hatred Inside signified otherwise, Blëed hail from an English-speaking part of the world – Alberta, Canada. I usually like to introduce a review leaving some degree of suspense as to my feelings towards an album, but there are so few redeeming qualities here that I’m not going to bother. Imagine third-rate Slayer-worship, a guitar tone so doctored it almost resembles djent, and lyrics so mindlessly asinine and violently vacuous that they actually pain me to hear them. Throw in a faltering vocalist and unimaginative song-writing and you have The Hatred Inside. Intrigued?

Firstly, the music is very formulaic. Many of the riffs energetically board the re-thrash train, and are exactly as enthusing and original as this suggests. This thrashy chug underpins most tracks, with a strangely dense guitar tone which evokes djent. Why djent was imitated and not just utilized can only be explained by the unnamed producer, but this decision made for an alarming opening listen. Moreover, rarely will these mid-paced riffs sufficiently raise your blood to incite head-nodding, let alone reckless moshing in the pit. Almost every track features a second-half guitar solo which rears its wanky head on cue directly after the mid-point of the songs. You can almost picture the guitarist viciously tugging the head of his tool as he sprays notes everywhere, little regard given to subtlety or harmonizing with the surrounding music. Unimaginative percussion underpins repetitious riffs which precede predictable solos.

But worse than this, degrading the material from insipid to nigh-on unlistenable, are the vocals. They fall somewhere between shouts and growls, not particularly satisfying either camp, occasionally breaking into an ear-splitting shriek for moments of apparently heightened emotion. Not only does this generate an unsatisfying sound for the listener, but it ensures that the lyrics are actually quite audible. This would be fine if they were even average, but they’re so poor that they actively worsen things. Try the delightfully childish diction and attitude in “Never will you know why am I so mean” (“Deceiver”) and “Where did you go? Can I follow?” (“Committed”), or the misogynistic promise of “See you sleeping through the window / I’ll make your face such an ugly sight” (“Suffocate”). I don’t even know how I’m supposed to read the song “Hate March Kill.” Are we killing a hate-march? Are we killing out of hatred in March? The lack of thought in the lyrics epitomizes an album which is sub-par across the board.

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There are tiny moments wherein Blëed shows signs of life, but these are so fleeting that they only go to highlight how deficient the majority is. The slower riff at 2:50 of “Suffocate” has a swinging groove and harmonizes pleasingly with some vaguely more interesting drumming, and the layered guitars and prominent bass from 3:15 of “Obelisk” is quite cool. But these passages only last around 20 seconds, demonstrating a thorough obliviousness to what actually works. They certainly aren’t good enough to impact my overall view of The Hatred Inside.

I suppose the positive to be taken here is that Blëed proffers retro thrash which isn’t entirely derivative, with its djentisms and core-style breakdowns. But the hatred is certainly inside me, and not in the bench-pressing bros brawling in the mosh pit kind of way that they intended. Blëed is blëeding out.


Rating: 1.0/5.0
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Self-release
Websites: bleedband.com | facebook.com/bleed
Releases Worldwide: September 29th, 2015

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  • André Snyde Lopes

    “Imagine third-rate Slayer worship (…)” You mean like… current Slayer?

    • D’OH!

    • El_Cuervo

      I toyed with third-rate CURRENT Slayer worship. But I thought on such a description I would have no choice but to award the first ever 0/5 considering Slayer’s current status.

      • Lasse Momme

        If Autokrator couldn’t get a 0/5, I honestly don’t think anything could.

        • Kronos

          Watch this space.

          • Even the second Denial Fiend album didn’t rate a 0.0 and it surely tried!

          • Kronos

            Grymm has been hinting that that one EP is pretty bad.

      • Diabolus_in_Muzaka

        A little roasting is the ultimate drug, LET’S GET HIIIIIIIGH!

      • Carlos Marrickvillian

        ouch

    • Carlos Marrickvillian

      According to some Slayer already hit third rate with World Painted Blood…

  • Lasse Momme

    What a truly hateful record. for all the wrong reasons.

  • Stefunal

    Ё isn’t even an umlaut. Doesn’t exist in German. That letter actually describes a sound similar to “yo” in Russian. Sounds like a swearword :D

    • ZEbyiUWvbe

      The Metal Umlaut doesn’t concern itself with these technicalities.

      • Stefunal

        I know. But I read Metal Umlauts anyway. :)

        • Pimpolho

          Blue Uyster Cult is probably my favorite.

    • Oh my god, I never knew it had its own wikipedia page.

      • sir_c

        But mine goes to eleven!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    The Hatebrëed inside?

  • basenjibrian

    As someone who (casually) hits the gym, can I express my insult at tying this to weight lifting in any way? :)

  • Excentric_1307

    That seems like a generous 1/5. More like .5 out of 5.

  • Robinguymn

    Bald dude looks like he has to sneeze. lol

  • Oscar Albretsen

    Well, i must say, that band photograph made me spill my coffee because I was laughing so hard.

    • I was like “who the fuck is that midget peeking between those guys on the right and why he doesn’t have any blood smeared on him”

      • Oscar Albretsen

        Maybe that’s supposed to be the monster that’s attacking them or something. That bearded wonder with the upside-down cross necklace – I think he’s trying to look intimidating, but covered in blood, that look on his face just says “Please, no mister psycho! Don’t kill me! I’ll do anything! I’ll suck your dick! PLEASE!”

  • Hey, at least its DR8. Imagine how awesome it would have been at DR4?!

  • SelfIndulgence

    I’ve been in a few Alberta metal bands and met some truly amazing musicians. Odd how only the crappy music appears to get noticed. Stuff like this and Themwhoshallnotbenamed(the chad) really make us scratch our heads. Most of the best musicians I have worked with moved out of Alberta to actually get somewhere (Germany, Vancouver).

    It appears that there is some sort of curse on Alberta and it’s music scene. These guys sound like the band down the hall that everyone laughs at in the jam spot. Band down the hall…..I better trademark that before Simmons does.

    I’m off to listen to something….anything to clear my palate after that.

  • Matthew Jeffreys

    From listening to the embedded track it sounds like there’s a serious problem with timing. Guitars, drums and vocals (if you can call them vocals) seem to be out of sync at several points. It’s not enough that they are excreting some utter shite sounding thrashcore, they could at least redeem themselves ever so slightly and play in time with one another!

  • You wot m8?

    I only made it about two paragraphs in before I had to stop the embedded track. No wonder this is self-released, no one in their right mind would pay money for this.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    I had to laugh after the first two devastating paragraphs that I thought were heading to a 0 score, you started the third with ‘But worse than this’

  • sir_c

    Their gaze…. “Mum… that’s gross what you just did”