Internal Bleeding - _The Extinction of Benevolence_
(Pavement, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (5 out of 10)
Geez, this record took a long time to release. I remember vocalist Frank Rini talking about their upcoming record _The Extinction of Benevolence_ in between songs during Internal Bleeding's set at the 1996 Milwaukee Metal Fest. Somehow I don't think he saw it being released over a year later, but hey, it's finally out. But was it worth the wait? Their debut was just plain horrible, not even famed producer Scott Burns could stop the "bleeding" (pun not intended). I must say _TEoB_ is an improved effort, although they could have released almost anything and it would be better then their debut. What you can find on _Extinction..._ are a lot of moshy, heavy, sludgy riffs with Frank's unintelligible growls and some speed to boot. For what it has, what it doesn't have are enough hooks or highlights, rather Internal Bleeding trudge through each track in the same manner, each song having the same result: which isn't much. Frank Rini's recent departure from the band won't help matters either. Internal Bleeding fans will eat this up; unfortunately, I can't count myself among them.

(article published 1/1/1998)


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