Controlled Bleeding

Controlled Bleeding

Versatile and experimental noise / ambient band formed in Boston, 1978 (later re-locating to Massapequa, New York).

Though they began playing music in a style akin to instrumental art rock, a move into violent power electronics in the mid 1980s set Controlled Bleeding on a course that would take them through industrial, ambient, free jazz, noise, dub, progressive rock, sacred music, dark ambient, classical and musique concrète. To their detriment, the group was not concerned with generating or maintaining an audience, relying instead on spontaneous inspiration - often the cause of alienation amongst many of their listeners.

The band's only constant member is Paul Lemos, although early band members included Jack Salerno, Dave Southerland, Gary Pecorino and Tony Meola, a stable line-up was not attained until the early 1980s, with the addition of Joe Papa and Chris Moriarty.

Moriarty departed circa 1994, however he and Lemos continued to work together on side-projects such as Joined At The Head, Skin Chamber and Fat Hacker, whilst Lemos and Papa pursued further sonic experiments with Controlled Bleeding, as well as releasing music under their own names. After the deaths of both Chris Moriarty and Joe Papa in the late 00's, original member Tony Meola re-joined the band on drums. The current guitar-and-drums version of Controlled Bleeding plays instrumental rock songs influenced by Krautrock (notably Can) and progressive rock.
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Controlled Bleeding Discography


Controlled Bleeding Distress Signals (Album, Comp) Broken Flag UK 1984 Sell This Version
09 Controlled Bleeding Untitled(Cass, C90) Le Syndicat 09 France 1984 Sell This Version
none Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding(Cass, Album) ZSF Produkt none Japan 1984 Sell This Version
XXX 18 Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding(Cass, Ltd) Inner-X-Musick XXX 18 US 1984 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Body Samples (Album, Comp) Dossier Germany 1985 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Knees And Bones (Album) Psychout Productions Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
none Controlled Bleeding Death In The Cameroon(Cass, C60) Ladd-Frith none US 1985 Sell This Version
none Controlled Bleeding Head Chalk(Cass, C50) Cause And Effect none US 1985 Sell This Version
BF42 Controlled Bleeding Sense May Come(Cass, C60) Broken Flag BF42 UK 1985 Sell This Version
XXX017 Controlled Bleeding Shitslipper(Cass, C60) Inner-X-Musick XXX017 US 1985 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Core (Album) Subterranean Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Between Tides (Album) Multimood Records Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Curd (Album) Dossier Germany 1986 Sell This Version
BF 46 Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity - Across The Stagnant Pond(Cass, C60) Broken Flag BF 46 UK 1986 Sell This Version
SR11 Controlled Bleeding Headcrack(LP, Album) Sterile Records SR11 UK 1986 Sell This Version
PLA 20 Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental - Halved(LP) Placebo Records PLA 20 US 1986 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Music From The Scourging Ground (Album) Sub Rosa Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Songs From The Drain (Album) Dossier Germany 1987 Sell This Version
SUB 33015-20 Benjamin Lew / Controlled Bleeding Benjamin Lew / Controlled Bleeding - Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre #1(LP) Sub Rosa SUB 33015-20 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
SUB 33018-24 Controlled Bleeding Music For Gilded Chambers(LP, Album) Sub Rosa SUB 33018-24 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Songs From The Ashes (Album) C'est La Mort US 1989 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Plegm Bag Spattered (Album) Dark Vinyl Records Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Trudge (Album) Wax Trax! Records US 1990 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Golgotha (Album) Staalplaat, Staalplaat Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
Controlled Bleeding Penetration (Album) Third Mind Records, Roadrunner Records US 1992 Sell This Version

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November 20, 2016
Totally agree! Paul also happens to be one of the nicest human beings one is ever going to meet. Totally schizophrenic in musical styles, CB is certainly one of the most unique. They should be more well-known, but on the other side of the coin they are a huge cult band. Great indeed!! ;)


March 22, 2016
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I can't spend enough words to praise and recommend one of the most original, versatile, prolific, inspired and unpredictable bands of the last 40 years. Controlled Bleeding, in the classic line-up featuring Paul Lemos, Christ Moriarty (R.I.P.) and the heavenly vocals of Joe Papa (R.I.P.), did record some truly astonishing pieces of music. From the slaughtering industrial noise holocaust of "Knees And Bones" (easily one of the quintessential industrial albums out there), to the progressive rock / meditative instrumentals of "Songs From The Drain" and "Music From The Scourging Ground", passing through the crazy multi-faced "Core", the dark and apocalyptic "Halved" and "Curd" (featuring another industrial masterpiece called "Break/Curd", which surely inspired a lot of people - BDN anyone?), the solemn, symphonic and jazzy "Music For Gilded Chambers", and delivering more classics into industrial metal and EBM, with the fantastic "Trudge" and the heavily guitar-driven "Penetration".
Can't wait to listen to their forthcoming new album, finally hoping to catch them on stage somewhere in Europe! Go, Paul, go!

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