The Bled
Heat Fetish


4.0
excellent

Review

by Josh Fountain CONTRIBUTOR (64 Reviews)
February 25th, 2010 | 106 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Bled releases an album that shows off a renewed vigor, Every Time I Die comparisons be Damned!

After releasing their third full-length, Silent Treatment in 2007, The Bled decided to stop touring. This decision turned into a colossal turning point for the band, as the band members soon fell into debt. In order to pay off their debts, members of the band either had to play in other bands or get regular jobs. As a result of this, founding members Russ Ott (guitar) and Mike Pedicone (drums) left the band, as well as bassist Darren Simoes, who joined the band in 2004. The Bled was forced to recruit three new members, and, on top of that, were dropped from Vagrant Records. Still, after all this, The remaining members of The Bled as well as the new recruits pushed on and created an album that stands with the best of anything The Bled has done.

“Devolver” kick-starts the album, with dissonant chords and vocals from James Muñoz, which, yes, sounds a lot like Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die. The comparison with Keith Buckley is not necessarily unfounded, as there are similarities, however Muñoz has his own voice, especially when singing as opposed to his guttural screams. The best showcase of this is “Meet Me in the Bone Orchard,” which does a better job of showing of Muñoz’s vocal talents than most of the other songs.

This album ultimately rests on the shoulders of its two guitarists, and, for the most part, they succeed. The dissonance of the guitars is prevalent the entire album, with the numerous tapping passages that The Bled has become known for. When the guitar work is at it's best is when the band is going all out, because the guitarists show off their technicality and speed, yet not going outside or disregarding of the song-writing and structure. The drumming is also strong, while never being fantastic. The new drummer, Josh Skibar, knows his way around a kit and also seems more than capable to keep up with the more mathy elements of The Bled’s sound.

The problem with the album is that the songs flow and bleed together, which makes it so few of the songs stand out, fantastic or terrible. The one song that stands above the rest though, is “Need New Conspirators.” Showcasing the precarious balance of the all out aggression of songs like, “Running Through Walls” and the beautiful melodies of “Crawling Home” to create a song the whips you around, knocks you down, and licks your wounds, all with the feeling that the world could end at any moment. It is one of the few true highs on an album that for the most part stays at an above average flow, without too many peaks, but what comes with that is that there are very few troughs, nothing that feels like a huge misstep.

Throughout Heat Fetish’s forty minutes, The Bled is shown as a band that knows who they are, and what kind of music they want to make. Comparisons with Every Time I Die will be there after this album, but The Bled has carved out their own niche in the over-crowded post-hardcore/metalcore genre that they straddle. This album may do nothing to silence their detractors, but previous fans will be pleased by The Bled’s focus on this newest album, one that many fans feared would never come to fruition. If the plan was to prove Vagrant Records made a mistake in dropping The Bled, then they succeeded without a doubt.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Streaming on their myspace, go check it out.

Digging: Beach Slang - Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street

EasternLight
February 25th 2010


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review. these guys slay live. album is good so far.

Beauville88
February 25th 2010


224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Holy cow, that was fast.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have skills

WARisalliknow91
February 25th 2010


493 Comments


uuuuuuuhg i wanna listen to this.

arsonist88
February 25th 2010


229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've always loved this band. Completely agree with the review.

Twizzie
February 25th 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Streamed it, this is their best.. IM not that into it yet on the first listen
but I can tell I will be listnenin more than the last 3..
Cant rate right now it hasnt sunk in to me yet but above average for sure.

Honestly I dont get why so much ETID comparrisons..



Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2010


17222 Comments


Best thing they've done since Pass the Flask (which is better than this). My write up for this should be up by tomorrow

Apollo
February 25th 2010


10336 Comments


need to hear this. Pass the flask kicks ass

alachlahol
February 25th 2010


7501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'll have to let this breath, have only listened to it once and it sounded like one big song

bloozclooz
February 25th 2010


1770 Comments


well you know what they say. arsonists do get all the girls. :D

PinkBlackberry
February 25th 2010


2346 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Honestly, this is a pretty damn good release. It's got all the old elements that made the bled, the bled. Like those bridgey passages with the almost out of key clean singing and really sick sounding guitar. and it also has a whole new intensity, I am pretty happy with this release all and all.

and I completely 100% agree, ETID and The Bled are playing on 2 different wave lengths, they may come out similar in some ways, by coincidence but I think over-all the differences are pretty apparent, apparent enough anyway to make a distinction between the 2

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is honestly their second best album, only Pass the Flask gets higher marks than this. Their other two releases were iffy

Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2010


17222 Comments


half of found in the flood was good

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and the other half was completely forgettable. This is their second most consistent album.


By the way, the Members Also Liked is hilarious

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 25th 2010


31341 Comments


Congrats on a good review and a feature Curse, album sounds promising

Synesthete
February 25th 2010


240 Comments


does no one else think that the singer sounds like daryl palumbo?

Twizzie
February 25th 2010


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nope.. Nobody compares to Darryl Palumbo

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
February 25th 2010


8010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My first feature! Big moment here

BrahTheSunGod
February 25th 2010


1279 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New guitarist owns. Liking this a lot right now

Good review, congrats on the feature!



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