Controlled Bleeding

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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.

On 11th February 2020, Paul Lemos announced via the official Controlled Bleeding Facebook page that the band is no more.
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BF 39 Distress Signals — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Distress Signals (Album) Broken Flag BF 39 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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09 Untitled — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Untitled(Cass, Album, C60) Le Syndicat 09 France 1984 Sell This Version
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none Controlled Bleeding — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding(Cass, Album) ZSF Produkt none Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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XXX 18 Controlled Bleeding — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding(Cass, Ltd) Inner-X-Musick XXX 18 US 1984 Sell This Version
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none Death In The Cameroon — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Death In The Cameroon (Album) Ladd-Frith none US 1985 Sell This Version
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PSYPRO 003 Knees And Bones — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Knees And Bones (Album) Psychout Productions PSYPRO 003 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
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ST 7505 Body Samples — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Body Samples (Album, Comp) Dossier ST 7505 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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none Head Chalk — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Head Chalk(Cass, C50) Cause And Effect none US 1985 Sell This Version
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BF42 Sense May Come — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Sense May Come(Cass, C60) Broken Flag BF42 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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XXX017 Shitslipper — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Shitslipper(Cass, C60) Inner-X-Musick XXX017 US 1985 Sell This Version
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BF 46 Across The Stagnant Pond — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity Controlled Bleeding & Uncommunity - Across The Stagnant Pond(Cass, C60) Broken Flag BF 46 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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ST 7516 Curd — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Curd (Album) Dossier ST 7516 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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SUB 56 Core — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Core (Album) Subterranean Records SUB 56 US 1986 Sell This Version
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SR11 Headcrack — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Headcrack (Album) Sterile Records SR11 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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MRC · 002 Between Tides — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Between Tides (Album) Multimood Records MRC · 002 Sweden 1986 Sell This Version
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PLA 20 Halved — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental Controlled Bleeding / Maybe Mental - Halved(LP) Placebo Records PLA 20 US 1986 Sell This Version
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SUB 33008-11 Music From The Scourging Ground — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Music From The Scourging Ground (Album) Sub Rosa SUB 33008-11 Belgium 1987 Sell This Version
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ST 7550 Songs From The Drain — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Songs From The Drain (Album) Dossier ST 7550 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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SUB 33015-20 Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre #1 — Controlled Bleeding Benjamin Lew / Controlled Bleeding Benjamin Lew / Controlled Bleeding - Les Nouvelles Musiques De Chambre #1 Sub Rosa SUB 33015-20 Belgium 1988 Sell This Version
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SUB 33018-24 Music For Gilded Chambers — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Music For Gilded Chambers (Album) Sub Rosa SUB 33018-24 Belgium 1989 Sell This Version
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CLM-CD 022 Songs From The Ashes — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Songs From The Ashes (Album) C'est La Mort CLM-CD 022 US 1989 Sell This Version
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DV 02 Plegm Bag Spattered — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Plegm Bag Spattered (Album) Dark Vinyl Records DV 02 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
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WAX 090, WAX 90 Trudge — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Trudge (Album) Wax Trax! Records WAX 090, WAX 90 Belgium 1990 Sell This Version
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ST CD 007, STCD007 Golgotha — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Golgotha (Album) Staalplaat, Staalplaat ST CD 007, STCD007 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
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TMC 9165, TMD 9165 Penetration — Controlled Bleeding Controlled Bleeding Penetration (Album) Third Mind Records, Roadrunner Records TMC 9165, TMD 9165 US 1992 Sell This Version

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Hazumuchan

Hazumuchan

June 22, 2022
For me, Controlled Bleeding were a revelation and a revolution. I first heard them on the WaxTrax! Black Box compilation. At the time, they were one of many bands on that label that I only knew one song from. Then one day, I was playing around with Pandora and decided to create a station of the band...

The first track that came on was Side A of "Knees and Bones." While I had listened to some strange and weirdly interesting music, I had never even considered that "noise music" even existed. It was my first sojourn into digging deeper into what this weird and wonderful band were about, as well as noise in general.

I will admit that I was a little confused when I next picked up "The Poisoner," which sounds like a boat ride into a dark alternate dimension. Then I grabbed the "Before the Quiet" compilation and realized that I was hooked. It didn't matter what style of music Lemos, Moriarty, and Papa (along with many others who contributed) had created with a given release; to me, it all was pure gold!

CB are one of the most influential bands to me! Their styles are diverse and eclectic, but they create the most fascinating and unique music I've heard in my life. It doesn't matter which era of it you listen to, you will always feel entertained yet also out-of-sync with reality at the same time. I will forever be thankful to Paul Lemos and Controlled Bleeding for their output and influence!

(On a more personal note, having mostly created electronic pop music myself up until I heard "Knees," listening to CB spurred me to work on more experimental works of my own and dig deeper into "what makes audio interesting." CB literally changed my life!)
recorddeviant36

recorddeviant36

January 18, 2020
CB need more recognition. one of the best hidden gems of the music world . just about everything I like by them .whatever they do its creatively worked out.
nagyphilip

nagyphilip

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!! ;)
Scrap_Iron

Scrap_Iron

March 22, 2016
edited over 7 years ago
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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