The Bled - Heat Fetish

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Post-hardcore
Rise Records
The Bled
Heat Fetish
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The economic crisis of recent years has seen its way into burning some of today’s most promising metal acts. The ‘money drought’, as pivotally experienced by The Bled since their 07 release of Silent Treatment, has driven 3 of the 5 original members into the shackles of our nation’s suffocating job market. Despite these obstacles- with the acquisition of a new drummer, guitarist, and bassist- The Bled have persevered through the odds and managed to produce an album as hot and fired-up as the scorching region they hail from (Arizona). Heat Fetish is a hard hitting, high-octane heat wave of ‘real world’ bullshit-inspired frustration. It’s their best, most intense, and oh yea, most pissed off release to date. So break out the icepack, its going to get hot and heavy.

In many situations, age and experience also brings calmness and acceptance. Well clearly these guys didn’t get the memo. Their fourth full length’s booming vocals and aggressive trip-over-yourself composition is anything but calm. And James Munoz’s lyrical rants about dreaded transformations and the hypocrisies of domestic life are anything but accepting. 2010 has brought the band a fresh face, rejuvenated sound, and a slew of angry topics to screech and roar about.

“If we don't make it out alive, what comes after oblivion!?”- A very appropriate message to include in the opener: Heat Fetish ignites with “Devolver”, as taught drums abruptly race out of the song’s static beginning and drag you right into that vintage ‘The Bled technicality’.- As defined by dissonant ‘riffage’ aboard a crazy train of complex song structure.
Tracks 4 and 5 are two of the CD’s best: “Slave away! For the price of your youth you can earn yourself a dying wage!”- “Smoke Breaks” (4) thrusts you into a nightmare of a song that screams of the dreads of being confined to a miserable job, a slave to the ‘system’. Next, “Need New Conspirators” gives listeners their first chance to breath since the Fetish’s initial explosion. But not for long though, its suspicious intro pulls you right back into the aggressive and chaotic theme of the album thus far. The end breakdown is pretty awesome too. It’ll leave you chanting, “I need something to believe in!” for hours.

As if you weren’t already concussed from being slammed into the ground after heat exhaustion, “Needs” should do you in. This whole song is pretty much one long galloping breakdown of vampire-inspired brutality (judging by the lyrics). Another notable track is “When Exiting Your Vehicle”- Despite its misleadingly quiet intro, track 10 is probably the heaviest thing The Bled have ever written. When it finally gets going, layered high and low screams work with ear-piercing chords and beating drums to radiate a truly hellish feel.

After 40 minutes of musical ‘raging fire’, the 12 track Heat Fetish finally burns out, but not before leaving its mark. And even though this is largely a new band, the Bled’s classic sound is still present, as well as the evolution you would expect between albums. Each aspect of their music is at its highest level to date. The guitars are heavy and tech, the drums are sporadic and unrelenting, the vocals are full and diverse, and the lyrics are clever and well written as ever. Heat Fetish is as hot as its title suggests. Don’t forget that icepack I mentioned earlier.

1. Devolver
2. Mouthbreather
3. Running Through Walls
4. Smoke Breaks
5. Need New Conspirators
6. Shouting Fire In A Crowded Room
7. Needs
8. Meet Me In The Bone Orchard
9. Crowbait
10. When Exiting Your Vehicle
11. Night Errors
12. Crawling Home

The Bled is a post-hardcore band from Tucson, Arizona. Formed in 2001, they soon established a name for themselves in their home town, playing many shows and often to sold out audiences. Eventually they signed to Fiddler Records and released one album through them - Pass The Flask. The band toured extensively in support of this album. However, before recording started for their second album, original bass player, Mike Celi, left the band. He was replaced by Darren Simoes. The band is currently signed to Rise Records and through them, released their fourth album, Heat Fetish in 2010. ... read more

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