When a band collectively turns ten years old, there’s a shift that occurs—one that establishes the band’s contributions to whichever genre they play in as a permanent one, resonating for generations to follow. While many bands manage to break into double digits, few manage to make it to twenty—which means, just months away from kissing their teens goodbye, Bleeding Through are truly an act integral to contemporary heavy music. When Spin magazine called Bleeding Through a “band to watch,” and Revolver heralded the group as one that was shaping the “future of metal”—both 2004—it would seem unlikely that either publication was hinting at what the group have become now. Working incessantly since early 1999, this crushing Californian metal act combine hardcore, symphonic and death metal in a maelstrom of magnificent aggression, weaving melody and mayhem together into a chaotic quilt. Dedicated to writing, recording and touring in a way that would cast countless acts to shame, Bleeding Through are a band that many fans of extreme music may cite as one of their first truly “heavy” bands—and years later, they hold up just as strong, if not more so.