BLEED THE FREAKS - ALL IS LOST (World Class Artists)
(Review by Patrick De Sloover)
Bay Area Metal ! It must be the holiest place on earth for metal heads and music lovers. I’ve been there once, and believe me, it’s worth the visit! The Bay Area is located in the Northern part of California and combines the cities San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. All those places are located around the bay of San Francisco, and perhaps there is something in the water, as so many great bands seem to have their foundation and start in that region. We can add ‘Bleed The Freaks’ to the Bay Area hotlist as they released their debut album ‘All Is Lost’ with a very positive result in the end.
All Is Lost contains musicians that know how to rock and bang! Some played in bands like Tyrant Sin (pre-Cannibal Corpse) and Misery, and since a few years, they are working to establish a new band on their own. The formation of this alliance took place in 2008, and after a lot of gigs, rehearsals and efforts, the band is ready for their next move: a first full length debut album, named ‘All Is Lost’. Recurrent the album title, we can immediately reassure that nothing is lost, as this is a hit in the face! From the very first song and title track until the eighth track ‘Broken’, we hear some really fine melodies and songs that grow instantly, the more you spin the album. The vocals of Will Rule are quite apart as he has a distinctive voice that fit really well to the musical ideas of the band.
Bleed The Freaks surprised me all the way as the songs have variety, an own style and a very interesting approach to US Metal! Bass player Jamey Knight delivers a very professional input as some songs have outstanding melody lines. Mike Roberts is the axeman, and at this moment, they added a second shredder named Zak Edwardz. Last but definitely not least is drummer Kenny Urrea who give the songs a solid pounding! If I have to mention some bands as comparisons, I would say a mixture of Flotsam and Jetsam with Megadeth. The title track is a song that is pretty direct; you will get into the melody from the very first listening and that’s important as opener. The next track is called “Blind Eye” and is perhaps my personal favorite, together with “Crush My Grove”.
There are only outstanding tracks on this debut and that’s rather rare these days. Bleed The Freaks is a band with a lot of potential, an unique approach and fantastic songs. Check out www.bleedthefreaks.com and be sure to order your own copy of this album. You won’t regret it, and it’s a guarantee for hours of listening pleasure!
My rating: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & classic ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but better to take a preview first
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard