Leppke's playing, and that of co-founder and guitarist Scott Danough, have reached new levels, with Ryan Wombacher's bass lines stealing the spotlight at times such as the droning and Neurosis-like instrumental title track that closes the album. Marta's keyboards are cinematic, lush and more vibrant than anything on a Bleeding Through record before. And if you ask the band, they will say this is Derek Youngsma's record, his fluid and tasteful pounding propelling the band into heretofore uncharted breakneck heights of power.
Bleeding Through's successes have been many as well though, mostly built upon their Trustkill debut, "This Is Love, This Is Murderous." The album produced two staples on MTV2 ("On Wings Of Lead" and "Love Lost In A Hail Of Gunfire") with Spin Magazine calling them an "Artist To Watch," Revolver branding them part of "The Future Of Metal," multiple accolades from Metal Hammer and Kerrang! and the love of Alternative Press.
There are leaders and there are followers. When all of the so-called movements in underground music catching the "buzz" right now are over, expect to see Bleeding Through standing tall, with integrity, honor, and spirit intact. To the victor the spoils!