Bruised But Not Broken
(Standby Records)

(Just)Defied was an excellent example of what BBNB had in store for its fans. Fragment expands upon the EP in all the right departments, making everything larger and more memorable. Opening on “Enter(Fear),” the band gets right into things. With a great build and an explosive breakdown following the 2 ½ minute mark, the track immediately broadcasts the power and energy to be found on the album. It is then succeeded by one of the finer songs of Fragment, “Color Theory.” The cleanly sung sections of this track are some of the best, and border on catchy more often than not. You should also really pay special attention to the chaotic “Devil’s List”, exceptionally balanced “The Prodigal’s Brother”, and atmospheric “The Third Heaven.” All of them are “must-play” recommendations.

As the collections plays through, Bruised But Not Broken continually impress. Each member of the band certainly pulls their weight, even if the album does fall a bit short near the end. Think of a cross between I See Stars and A Skylit Drive; these guys blend a lot in their sound, keeping things fresh and still easily accessible for even the laziest listener. Fragment may not be without its flaws, but they are certainly minor. Bruised But Not Broken have a very bright future ahead of them if their last two releases are any indication of what’s to come. Check these guys out before they truly blow up in their scene. (Nathaniel Lay)

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