So, The Bled broke up. Bummer. Normally, when any insert-core band breaks up, I couldn’t give half a shit. But, I did go through a ‘core phase in the early/mid-00s and a few of those bands have stuck around and continued to enjoy a few rotations now and then. The Bled are one of those lucky few. Pass the Flask is really the only album of theirs I really got into. I tried the others, but nothing got me like this one.
Yes, it’s fringy metalcore packed full of “I’m pissed and sad at the same time!” lyrics, but it still rules. Not sure exactly why. They have breakdowns (which I generally hate), they lack guitar solos (which I love and, in bands like this, are replaced by breakdowns), but Pass the Flask is a record I can listen to from start to finish and not mind the attributes of these bands that I generally hate. Zao is another. Earlier As I Lay Dying as well. Some of them survive the swell of impending doom that consists of 10,000 cookie cutter bands with the same sound. There are always a few gems and they’re not always the guys that started the whole movement/genre.
Anyway, if I wasn’t on antibiotics and unable to drink, I’d pour one out for The Bled.