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
I must admit that I was a little apprehensive to listening and reviewing the new Internal Bleeding offering, "Onward To Mecca". After all, Internal Bleeding assisted in creating the New York deathcore scene back in 1995 with the release of the relentless "Voracious Contempt" CD. The grotesque throat noise of Frank Rini and the maliciously creative fret work of Chris Perveus paved the way for a new brutal sound that still stands intact today.
The first dent in the road for me was 1999's Driven to Conquer. Although a stellar release (their 3rd), I never got use to the more hardcore style vocals that Ray Lebron offered. A great metal singer and killer screams, but Frank was one of the best in the business. Now, after five years absence, Internal Bleeding return with a completely new lineup (except for longtime skinsman, Bill Tolley), and their sound is as brutal and intense as ever.
Even with the absence of Frank Rini and Chris Perveus, Internal Bleeding has stepped up to the next level with a powerful mix of New York style Death Metal and Hardcore. Bleed By Example, Infidel, Far Above You, & Contamination, are among the 9 tracks that stick out for me as being some of their most punishing tracks in years! Bill's delivers violent drumming as always, showing that ultra speed double-bass, blast beat precision and death metal is a match made in hell. The dual guitar work of Matt Ferrara and Frank Buffolino prove they can definitely hold their own against bands such as Dying Fetus and Deeds of Flesh with a whirlwind assault of crazed riffs and groove breakdowns that would spin up the deadliest moshpits around. Although Jerry Lowe is no Frank Rini, he delivers a vocal performance that could wake the dead and have them too scared to exit their rotting coffins.
The bottom line is that Internal Bleeding is back and once again that they are a force to be reckoned with. Whether you are a fan of brutal death metal or raging hardcore, Internal Bleeding has always, and will continue to satisfy for many years to come. I've also recently learned that original guitarist, Chris Perveus, is now back in the band, so expect an all out assault as they tear shit up in its path....Onward To Mecca!!
--Grim Gaijin 11.12.04
About this Writer: David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.
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