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Internal Bleeding
Onward To Mecca
December 2004
Released: 2004, Olympic
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP



It’s hard to maintain the integrity and sound of a band when you only have one original member and in Internal Bleeding s case ‘just’ the drummer has survived. This band has morphed from a cool, underground death metal band into something different and not all that great. The low end is gone, the brutality has been dropped, the vocals aren’t as good there are too many modern metalcore type influences. And to top it al off the band is getting all-political lyrically. It’s no surprise they all have short hair and baggy jeans now. Politics is for punk rock not metal. Whatever happened to the old-school gore soaked death metal? Unless they dramatically reverse their slide next CD, they have lost my support.
Track Listing

1. Bleed By Example
2. Siege In The Clouds
3. Infidel
4. Far Above You
5. Hatefuel
6. Arm Our Youth
7. This Day I Fight
8. Contamination
Intolerance

Lineup

Jerry Lowe-Vocals
Matt Ferrara-Guitar
Frank Buffolini-Guitar
Andrew Hogan-Bass
Bill Tolley-Drums

Contact

N/A

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Internal Bleeding
Onward To Mecca
January 2005
Released: 2004, Olympic Recordings
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

This long running death metal institution has been crushing skulls since its formation in 1991. The band has since had its ups and downs, but have been out of public consciousness for a while for a number of reasons (mostly label issues), with this album originally scheduled for release back in 2001. Needless to say, these guys have been chomping at the bit to get this thing out and reintroduce the world to Internal Bleeding.

For me, this is my first contact with the band and after a bunch of listens through ONWARD TO MECCA, I have to say that I’m somewhat unimpressed. Given the hype, and the pedigree behind this band, I was expecting something that was, if not groundbreaking, then at least innovative and exciting. What I got instead was a slab of serviceable, standard death metal that could come from just about any band out there on the America circuit (no Euro-death melodies here). The band has managed to mesh some of their more hardcore-ish tendencies into the death assault to nice effect. In fact, it’s not immediately obvious when they do it because it is so woven into the traditional death sound that it’s almost hidden, but suddenly jumps out at you and knocks you over.

Despite that, this is still just run of the mill death metal that can be heard on hundreds of different albums. It’s good, but not outstanding. If you are one of those for whom death metal makes up 95% of your metal listening, then you need to add this to your collection. Everyone else should do the old try before buy.
Track Listing

1) Bleed By Example
2) Siege in the Clouds
3) Infidel
4) Far Above You
5) Hatefuel
6) Arm Our Youth
7) This Day I Fight
8) Contamination
9) Intolerance

Lineup

Jerry Lowe: Vocals
Matt Ferrara: Guitar
Frank Buffolino: Guitar
Andrew Hogan: Bass
Bill Tolley: Drums

Contact

N/A

Other reviews

» Alien Breed
by Mosquito

» Onward To Mecca
by Lord of the Wasteland

» Onward To Mecca
by JP

» Onward To Mecca
by Waspman


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