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Album Review

The fourth studio album by Tucson, AZ post-hardcore quintet the Bled is their debut for Rise Records after years on Vagrant, and finds the group introducing three new members — only guitarist Jeremy Ray Talley and vocalist James Muñoz remain from the band's previous records. The new second guitarist, bassist, and drummer fit right in, though, cranking out heavy riffs and punishing the drum kit without mercy. The Bled are relatively unconcerned with melody, edging more toward the metal side of post-hardcore than the alternative/emo side. There are brief bursts of prettiness, as well as guitar breaks/solos that sound like malfunctioning video game consoles on songs like "Smoke Breaks" and "Need New Conspirators," while "Crowbait" and "When Exiting Your Vehicle" feature momentarily diverting production tricks, and a clean chorus or two crops up here and there. But for the most part, Heat Fetish is a 40-minute compilation of breakdowns aimed straight at the mosh pits of middle America, and closes with the closest thing the band has to a ballad, the surprisingly dissonant "Crawling Home."

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Tucson, AZ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Inspired by groups like Refused and the Mars Volta, Tucson-based post-hardcore quintet the Bled burst onto the national scene with their 2005 Vagrant debut, Found in the Flood. By that point the band's lineup featured vocalist James Muñoz, guitarists Ross Ott and Jeremy Talley, and a rhythm section of Darren Simoes (bass) and Mike Pedicone (drums), though like most bands they'd endured some lineup changes in the past. Previous to the Vagrant deal, the Bled had been on Fiddler, where they issued the...
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Heat Fetish, The Bled
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  • 11,88 €
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 09 March 2010

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