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Album Review

While putting together a best-of compilation for a band as genre defying and prolific as Controlled Bleeding is an unenviable task, Rest in Peace: The Best of Controlled Bleeding does a great job of encapsulating the career of one of Boston's most sonically daring bands. A two-disc set, the compilation nicely breaks up the band's output into two camps, putting their harsher work on the first disc while their more ambient work resides on the second. This separation really helps to highlight the diversity of influences and styles the band brought into its work, providing listeners with the perfect entry point into Controlled Bleeding's sprawling and difficult-to-navigate back catalog.


Formed: 1977 in New York, NY

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

From the group's inception in the mid-'70s onward, New York-based Controlled Bleeding have remained one of the most prolific and unpredictable American industrial bands, exploring the extremes of both unchecked sonic fury and free-floating ambient dub. Led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Lemos, a high-school English teacher by day, Controlled Bleeding released their debut EP, Wall of China Love Letter, in 1979; a series of abrasive cassettes followed before the group issued its first full-length...
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