I could read in the story Angel Dust a band that had the potential to write important pages in the history of music and, instead, has passed and failed to make inroads in us as it should. "Bleed" is in fact a demonstration of how to produce miniature masterpieces can be synonymous with failure (or thereabouts). Easy to talk about Power Metal, easy to speak of Teutonic Metal and thereabouts. Easy to answer that the true power metal bands like Helloween is to like. But there is also a Power Metal, which is inspired by Deep Purple, Bijelo Dugme, Pretty Maids, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Magnum, Manowar and similar, melodic and, practically, Classic Metal. These bands, like it or not, are often more technical than Speed Power Metal bands, and often approach the concept of Progressive Metal, without being symphonic.
"Bleed" is a truly magical album, because rational for the public and not for other musicians (one of the faults that I read in the Power Metal). The melody is not due to the sound of guitars (heavy, too) but the rhythm of the songs, not like Thrash (as in other power metal bands). And, in fact, the keyboards sweeten the sound without making it very melodic. is a little complicated but I hope you understand. The production is very biased on the power and the hardness of the sound and this is positive, given how we use your keyboards. The writing is personal and balanced in favor of the Hard Rock, one of the 70's and 80's, not forgetting that this is an album of 90's. Dirk Thurish's singing is really good and not lyrical (or presumed) as that of too many singers Metal, closer to the style of R.J. Dio.
In short, "Bleed" is a really interesting and technical album. In addition, "Bleed" is an album for fans of Power Metal of the 80's and for fans of Classic Metal, the original one. In my humble opinion "Bleed" is an album immortal, because it was written for a general audience and not just for a metal audience or other musicians.