As the 4th studio album for death metal band Cannibal Corpse, The Bleeding holds value in metal history not only for it's musical context and lyrical stigma, but for it's progression for the band and it's members. The Bleeding would be the last album with founding member Chris Barnes, and the first for guitarist Rob Barrett. While Barnes was no doubt an extraordinary force behind what made Cannibal Corpse the controversial death metal band that they are, Barnes left the group in 1995 because of "personal differences". Fans of Cannibal Corpse were torn once learning of the singers decision to leave, and arguably, the early records with Barnes on vocals are often considered by long time fans the best albums when it comes to lyrical content and musical diversity throughout the songs.
The Bleeding is easily Cannibal Corpse's most successful album to date, and it's often the choice album for death metal collectors, even if they aren't the biggest CC fans. Most people notice the different musical angle the band took with The Bleeding, being called more of a "groove" feeling throughout the album and more technical speed in guitar and drum beats, as opposed to blast beats on previous albums. Vocally, Barnes took a slightly more decipherable approach than previously before. Refreshing riffs, such as those in "Stripped, Raped, and Strangled"are a refreshing break from the extreme brutality of the previous albums, and the true talent of bassist Alex Webster is highlighted in this top notch, mid-90's death metal must have.