Bled the fifth are a rock band that have been on my radar for a little while. Through various avenues I’ve had the opportunity to really watch this band organically grow over the years, and I was super excited when the guys kindly sent me their new single ‘Through the Trees’ to review.
The opener is strong, solid and bold. There’s no fucking about here. The guys clearly just thought, ok, how can we get people’s attention within the first 2 seconds?? and they did that by creating an absolute thrash fest over the opening 20 seconds. It’s something I can imagine drives people to moshing when they get round to playing it live.
I didn’t know what to expect from the vocal. I’ve not heard Bled The fifth’s music in a few months but what was delivered was certainly a lot more mature and grown up than previous records. . Danielle does the most amazing job of exploring the lower end of her range, which I found to be one of the most interesting parts of the record. She’s not trying to be Hayley Williams or pull off Christina Aguilera-like vocal acrobatics. She’s approached the record with a sense of simplicity, which works well.
The entire feel of this track reminds me of that quite magical period in the early to mid 00’s when nu metal was churning out bands like American head Charge, Drowning Pool and Evanescence., but perhaps throwing in a bit of Audioslave too.
It took me probably around 4 listens to really ‘get’ what the guys were trying to achieve with ‘Through the Trees’. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I can’t tell if Bled the Fifth are looking for a raw, thrash-like punk sound with this track, or if they are looking to create something that is polished, slick and stadium worthy. For me, the question mark on this really hangs over the production. The guitars, bass and vocals sound like they had a lot more post-recording TLC than the drums. There’s a pretty ambitious drum fill around 2 minutes in, that can’t really be heard, which is a shame. The toms sound a bit flat, and the kick and snare, in my opinion, need to be turned up a notch. With a track of this sound, I want to feel like the bass drum has given my stomach a rupture, and I just don’t get that.
Aside from that, this really is a cool record with lots of attitude and a clear head-nod towards nu metal. Also, at 2 minutes 38, it’s perfect for those of you who love shorter tracks with tons of ?punch?. I?m hoping this will be the new direction for the band, as it doesn’t feel like there are many unsigned groups trying to revive that once legendry sound of the early 00’s.
Through the Tree’s instantly catapulted me right back to my teenage years when I had slipknot posters on my bedroom wall and used to read NME. I have high expectations of this lot as they are very hard working individuals.