Bruised But Not Broken – Fragments
Emerging from Charlotte, NC, Fragments is the debut full-length from Bruised But Not Broken, out now on Standby Records. Fragments follows the standard metalcore release pattern of a ten track full-length, but this is a pretty good release. There is some very interesting technical guitar work as well as some experimental electronic sound styles in their backing tracks. The vocal mix is a blend of clean and dirty that seems to be very well balanced.
Listening to this, it almost reminds me of the earlier Ice Nine Kills stuff with a hint of various randomness here and there. I even found myself being reminded of earlier Limp Bizkit or Linkin Park with some of their tracks, but I assure you I mean that in a good way. I can’t say that this is the most original thing I’ve ever heard, but metalcore is becoming a genre where everything has been done to death.
Bruised But Not Broken take some creative risks with this album that I feel pay off well for them. Overall, it’s a good release that leaves me wondering and looking forward to seeing what direction they will be heading.