Bleed From Within
About Bleed From Within
Bleed from Within are a hard-hitting Glaswegian metal group who combine crushing guitars and punishing breakdowns with sweeping melodies. Emerging in 2009, the band's first two efforts followed the deathcore playbook, while subsequent efforts like Uprising (2013), Era (2018), and Fracture (2020) saw them adopt a more groove-laden, though no less uncompromising, melodic metalcore style.
Bleed from Within formed in 2005 at their local youth club in Hamilton, Scotland -- just outside of Glasgow -- where they met up to play Lamb of God covers. Initially the band consisted of Scott Kennedy (vocals), Ali Richardson (drums), Craig Gowans (bass), Dave Lennon (guitar), and Scott McCreadie (guitar). In the next two years, the group graduated from covers and managed to self-record two EPs, 2006's Eyes of the Forgotten and 2007's Welcome to the Plague Year. The EPs caught the attention of Rising Records, which signed them in 2008 and released their debut album, Humanity, the following year. Soon after their debut, the lineup underwent some changes, with McCreadie bowing out and Gowans switching from bass to guitar; they hired Dave Provan as their new bassist. In 2010, the group found widespread recognition after taking part in Metal Hammer's Razor Tour alongside Sylosis and While She Sleeps. Capitalizing on their new-found popularity, the band released their sophomore album, Empire, later the same year.
Over the next two years, Bleed from Within underwent several more changes, most notably Martyn Evans replacing Lennon on guitar and a switch to Century Media Records. The group's third album, Uprising, arrived in 2013 on the new label. The rest of the year was dedicated to touring, including support slots for Testament and Megadeth, and a slot on Metal Hammer's Defenders of the Faith IV Tour with Amon Amarth, Hell, and Carcass. In 2014, the band crowdfunded their Death Walk EP, posited as a bridge between their fourth and fifth albums. However, their fifth LP was delayed by four years as the band worked through personal issues, including Evans' departure. Bleed from Within attempted to continue as a four-piece for a time, but they concluded that they would not be able to operate without two guitars, leading to the arrival of Steven Jones. Their fifth album, the melodic metalcore-leaning Era, was released in 2018, again on Century Media, and was followed two years later by the epic and groove-laden Fracture. ~ Liam Martin