Controlled Bleeding have run the gambit over the course of their 30+ year career. To say that the Boston based act is eclectic is a gross understatement. Controlled Bleeding cull from Industrial, ambient, experimental, free jazz, post-punk, noise, rock and dub genres to create their unique sound. The band issued their latest offering at the tail end of summer. The new album titled; ‘Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps’ IS unlike any album that I have heard ever.
‘Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps’ is grotesque and at the same time epic and glorious. A perfect example of what I’m talking about is the 22 minute track [yes, you read that correctly, it’s 22 minutes!] “The Perks of Being a Perv.” Controlled Bleeding goes all out of this progressive industrial journey the result is an ‘avant garde musical masterpiece.’ To write and record a song like “The Perks of Being a Perv” in 2016 is unheard of. So while other acts are looking for a ‘hit’ or trying to break into the mainstream Controlled Bleeding are staying true to their artistry and to themselves and go where the music takes them. Another standout track on ‘Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps’ is; ‘Carving Song’ which leans heavily toward traditional industrial rock and a great track to reach those less ‘open minded.’
To be honest, unless you’re nondiscriminatory or aren’t already on board with Controlled Bleeding ‘Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps’ might be a bit hard for the average rock and metal fan to digest. Having said that a record like ‘Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps’ is good in the collection to expand one’s musical pallet.
Review by Ruben Mosqueda
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