As We Bleed - Hail The Sick Ones
June 2010

01. Hail The Sick Ones
02. The Die Hard Manifest
03. The Slow Motion Neuronic Apocalypse
04. Doomriders In The Temple Of Fake
05. (Forever Sworn To) The Black Lodge
06. Don't Fear The Song Of A Living Dead
07. Death Of A Believer, Rebirth Of A Fallen
08. Beholders Of The Great Emptiness
09. Nothing More To Say
10. Wasting Away [Nailbomb cover] [bonus]

Thrash metal/Hardcore
Recorded: Boss Hog Studio, France 2009
Label: Marvel Music Motion
Total Running Time: 42:10

As We Bleed just released one of the most unconventional thrash metal albums in recent memory... mark my words. This (hardcore-induced) thrashing album is just packed with peculiarities and surprising sights, and with every spin there is more to tell.

What the fuck? #1 The fuck kinda name is As We Bleed? Being such a bright and nifty ensemble, the band really could have picked a better moniker to go by. If you were expecting third-rate metalcore/deathcore a la As I Lay Dying, As We Fight, As Blood Runs Black and As My First Pubes Grow, you're way off base. Never judge a book by its yadda yadda yadda.

What the fuck? #2 This stuff is nothing like the kind of aggressive or violent thrash as you may know it from countless other bands. As We Bleed are different. As We Bleed are oppressive. This music is plain ominous, coming on the verge of wrenchingly uncomfortable - a feeling not easily acknowledged to thrash.

What the fuck? #3 The absolute leading roles in this play of disruption are given to the dual psychotic vocals. Wouldn't be too surprised if they recorded those in an asylum for the criminally insane. These are the kind of crazed screams that can make you so uneasy everything else sounds like Christmas. Often times they bear a strong resemblance to the hair-rising vocals of the most insane band of them all, Khanate.

What the fuck? #4 With a delicious sense of disorientation, the heavy rhythms keep chugging along. Hail The Sick Ones is polyrhythmic, almost slightly spastic, suitably dissonant and vulgarly noisy. But still pleasantly thrashy! Add an unblemished production and you have an album you should be checking out by now.

What the fuck? #5 The album basically ends with en epic nine-minute track that is both brooding, foreboding and mentally pulverizing. Riffs are as thick as tar and the atmosphere as pitch-black as Satan's stool. A nice summary of the entire thing, one would say. And then there's a sort of bonus song, a delightful cover of Nailbomb's "Wasting Away" that turns out to be a certified asskicker.

What the fuck? #6 Starting out as a more hardcore-in-the-vein-of-Converge oriented band, As We Bleed have been releasing material for a decade now. That's ten years for all you geniuses out there. Ten! The reason why no one ever picked this band up remains a bewildering mystery to this day.

Mindfuckingly good album.


written by Thryce | 04.08.2010


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BitterCOld - 04.08.2010 at 11:14  
For the record, i am a huge fan of As My First Pubes Grow.

sounds like an intriguing album. nice work with the review.
Deadsoulman - 04.08.2010 at 11:46  
Intriguing is the word. I'm gonna check this out ASAP. I'm ashamed to admit that I almost didn't read this review because I thought it was another third-rate deathcore album. Stupid superficial me.

EDIT: and I'm ashamed I didn't even know this was a French band.
jupitreas - 04.08.2010 at 16:08  
Very fun read, well done!

Also, it made me curious to hear the album.
vezzy - 04.08.2010 at 16:16  
This review style is win.
Will check it out.
Derwood - 04.08.2010 at 18:48  
"Mindfuckingly good album."

I can't think of a stronger recommendation. Will definitely have to track down a copy of this one.
MeloDeathViking - 04.08.2010 at 22:30  
"Mindfuckingly good" are some pretty strong words, definitely wanna check this out. I'll try just about anything once!
Edmund Fogg - 05.08.2010 at 05:54  
This looks really intriguing.Does it sound like Divinity? The review seems to go that way.

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