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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."

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After a couple of hiccups, they

After having lost three long-time members in 2009, The Bled have recooped their losses and carried on with three new members, the end result being a return to the raw emotion and angst heard in their breakout full-length, Pass the Flask. Full of the face melting breakdowns and sense of urgency found in Pass the Flask, The Bled builds upon the sound they've developed over the last seven years, vindicate their fans and put down the naysayers with Heat Fetish.

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This record represents a darker side to the bled catalog. With every record they put out, there is a different vibe and tone, which is why it seems pointless to compare them to a previous release. The overall mood of heat fetish is wrought with tension and hints towards the everyday struggles of a band in the midst of redemption. Anybody familiar with this band knows what they have been through and what it took to even release this record, let alone a record of this caliber of musicianship. The lyrics are honest while keeping the flamboyant poetic narratives the bled are known for. Heat Fetish is the audio equivalent to The Bled drowning their problems in a bathtub. Smiling while the body flails for breath. Whether you like it more or less than their previous releases is irrelevant. Heat Fetish stands on it's own, it's who the Bled is at this moment in time, and it's a welcome addition to their catalog.

The Bled Is Back!

The second I heard their new songs on myspace I knew this record was gunna be epic! It's so brutal and punishing yet technical and melodic. Long time fans of The Bled won't be let down cause this album is a rager!


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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