For the past 15 years, OC's Bleeding Through has been one of the hardest working metalcore bands on the planet, with seven full-length albums and years of relentless tours. Despite more than a dozen revolving band members and several mishaps, some nearly fatal, the band forged on, playing in front of hundreds of thousands collectively and sharing the stage with such acts as Slayer, Hatebreed, Danzig, AFI, HIM, Comeback Kid and Cradle of Filth, among many others. The band's ferocious blend of traditional hardcore and symphonic black metal elements bridged the gap between extreme metal and metalcore. But, sadly, Bleeding Through have decided to call it quits for undisclosed, personal reasons. After several "final" tours, the band recently embarked on its last string of West Coast shows, including back-to-back performances at Chain Reaction.
Lead singer and founding member Brandan Schieppati spoke with the Weekly about Bleeding Through's legacy, favorite local venues and his other career as a personal trainer through his gym, Rise Above Fitness in Huntington Beach.
OC Weekly (Alex Distefano): So, after this run of West Coast shows, Bleeding Through are done–there are no more plans for shows? The band are officially calling it quits?
Brandan Schieppati: Yeah, after Aug. 3, we're hanging it up. We might get back together to write more music in the future, but it wouldn't be Bleeding Through. We're all going to be doing something musically, though, whether with other bands or new bands, absolutely. We're not leaving the music industry.
What do you want to be the band's legacy: more as a live band or a band on record?
That's a good reason we're going on these final shows. We've always felt [we were] a great live band, and we give people their money's worth at shows. We've put a lot of stress on ourselves over the past 10-plus years to go out there and play our hardest every night. I really want the legacy of the band to be about the whole live experience. There is just a whole energy and vibe that fills the room. We want to make sure people get to experience the best show we can possibly put on for each and every show.
Tell us about your pursuits and career in the health-and-fitness industry.
I got into personal training and fitness in 2008. I was looking for something to segue from my music career and set me up for the rest of my life, and I wanted to find something I was equally as passionate about as music. That was fitness. So in between tours, I educated myself. With the band, we built a culture, a place where people could feel welcome. So I decided to do the same with fitness. . . . It's all about the lifestyle changes, exercising and getting people healthy. There are a lot of parallels between the music industry and the fitness industry, and I want to make those parallels come closer together.
What was your favorite venue in the OC/Inland Empire area to play a show?
Collectively, our favorite was Showcase Theater in Corona; that place was small but rad. It's not around anymore, but we loved playing there back in the day. But neck and neck after that would be the Chain Reaction and Glasshouse. Two different vibes, but both great places to play fun shows. And both of those venues have been with us since day one.
Bleeding Through perform with Winds of Plague, Scars of Tomorrow and Lionheart at Chain Reaction, 1652 W. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, (714) 635-6067; www.allages.com. Sat.-Sun., 7 p.m. $15 in advance; $17 at the door. All ages.