The German trio of Haye Graf, Marc Nickel and Jφrg von der Fecht, or in other words BLEEDING, have released their first self-titled EP in June 2012 - knowing each other from the past, they decided to name their project after watching a Psychotic Waltz concert: perfect re-start.
They describe themselves (rightly) as a metal project: the basis of the four tracks that comprise this EP are riffs, riffs and... riffs. It appears that these guys have set their minds on what they were going to present the world: a tight, powerful power/thrash metal-driven result. Owing to the aforementioned prog metal pioneers but also to titans such as Nevermore, BLEEDING deliver a very interesting package. Weird multi-vocal mid-tempo passages (strange combination of My Dying Bride and Psychotic Waltz there) interchange with thrashy blast-beats. Sabbath-y riffs (yes they like doom metal as well, see the opening Tempest of Colours), minimal use of keyboards, a spice of Watchtower and Slayer, and a very heavy result is granted.
Graf sings in a number of different moods (from doom to avant) providing this extra touch of quirkiness. References to Mekong Delta are also there, especially in the carefully injected few moments of avant-garde. The calmer parts of 'Voices' certainly bring the American progressive element to the surface (Queensryche) but despite this, they still mainly invest on heaviness. The title track is the most melodic of all, floating in mid-speeds with some interesting layered work on guitars, reminding of post-metal passages. The highlight comes with the closing track, where their German identity is finally revealed: a main theme based on a symphonic/epic power metal riff and progressive references to Soul Cages/Mekong Delta create the most innovative tune here.
The only drawbacks in this effort are the computer-based drums and some vocal arrangements at a few moments that could have been improved before its release. Oh, and another one: you HAVE to be a metal fan to enjoy this - and you will. Recommended to fans of good power/thrash/progressive metal.