Bleed the Sky - _Paradigm in Entropy_
(Nuclear Blast, 2005)
by: Aaron McKay (4 out of 10)
While not fresh from the womb, Orange County, California's Bleed the Sky is still green on the scene. For relative newbies, they have really bitten off a mouthful. Their self-described mission statement sets forth an ambitious goal of expanding the boundaries of their genre and "ravaging the status quo". In this, their first full-length effort, Bleed the Sky take some monumental strides in an attempt to deliver on their promise to push the envelope.

There have been references to Chimaira and Drowning Pool creep up in reviews of _Paradigm in Entropy_ from time to time. That can be easily understood, but Bleed the Sky have marked their territory with _PiE_. By "marking", I mean like that of a neglected Rottweiler loosed on the nearest fire hydrant. _PiE_ has elements of angst and anger, especially where the vocals are concerned, but the material, all ten tracks, are like a group of eight year olds alone in Wonka's chocolate factory -- they are all over the place.

Pushing the boundaries in admirable, but BtS lack a certain cohesion in their form and style. Clean vocals mixed with that of a tracheotomy patient communicate the message put out there by this metal(ish)-core five-piece. While "Minion" and this album's title track comprise the most conceptually forward of the band's material, there isn't oodles here to keep me spinning the disc.

Their website states clearly they have a vision and won't be inhibited by public opinion; that is a good thing. After all, with _Paradigm in Entropy_ they kinda bit off more than they could chew.


(article published 27/4/2005)

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