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Controlled Bleeding


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Experimental noise band, formed in Boston 1978. Notorious for their early recordings which were exercises in brutal noise, such as their infamous 1985 album Knees and Bones which utilised pneumatic drills, metal percussion and cement mixers as sound sources. Subsequent albums delved into sonic and textural experimentation as the band gradually grew more sophisticated and palatable, however a number of less experimental, commercial industrial albums were released on Wax Trax! in the late 1980s. Nontheless, Controlled Bleeding’s sound varies from album to album and at one time or another has contained elements of dub, free jazz, noise, prog rock, sacred music, dark ambient, classical and musique concrète.

Also see the band’s side-projects & solo work:
Skin Chamber
Joined at the Head
Fat Hacker
Body Clock
In Blind Embrace
Paul Lemos
Paul Lemos & Joe Papa


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  • Cellexius

    Such an underrated band.

    23 Jul 3:32am Reply
  • Jaina999

    Perfect music during period.

    29 May 12:35pm Reply
  • interhole

    the drowning <3

    12 Apr 4:21pm Reply
  • mud_bath

    ты и тут объявился, сучёныш

    11 Mar 1:09pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    как говорит один мой кореш (правда по другому поводу), лютая музыка. но любителям и знатокам темы слушать надо, тем не менее.

    9 Mar 8:38am Reply
  • nobody-01

    what the mu chick said

    17 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ketamineface

    @TastyDogChow nah, knees and bones man, knees and bones...

    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • JohnLithium

    Anyone know what's up w/ the new albums they were planning on releasing??

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • TastyDogChow

    I think Shanked and Slithering is the harshest and most abrasive noise album ever made.

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Marquis-manson

    Utterly Dark... Abyssmal Upfront...

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ketamineface

    one group i need to see live, unlikely though really.

    1 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Pseudo-Cult

    Headcrack is fuckn awesome

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Hexproof

    Their noise tracks are amazing, and the ambient stuff is so beautiful. The Latest Hole In My Head might be one of the best songs I've heard in my life.

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • olznillz

    Great spotify-list of some their best ambient/dub/chamber/etc work --->

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    I think this band is becoming an all time favorite. Their discography is just so diverse, not to mention they have so much music that it's enough music to listen to repeatedly for months!

    14 Mar 2013 Reply
  • stian86

    Sounds to me like they've done all kinds of stuff; harsh noise, experimental hip-hop, ambient/electronic and what sounds to me like crazy, freaked-out baroque pop. I don't even know. Most of it is great listening as well.

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • NorseDave

    Seminal band!

    16 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ketamineface

    as much as i love this band, before the quiet is the worst 25 quid ive spent.

    11 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TwitterBottom

    Their newer material is less noise right?

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • irongardener

    Knees & Bones changed everything for me. [2]

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
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