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Bled, The - Heat Fetish Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 9
Lyrics 8
Production 8
Creativity 7
Lasting Value 8
Reviewer Tilt 9.25
Final Verdict: 83%
Member Ratings
Vocals 7.75
Musicianship 7.88
Lyrics 7.75
Production 8.13
Creativity 6.75
Lasting Value 7.25
Reviewer Tilt 8.13
Average: 77%
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Bled, The - Heat Fetish

Reviewed by: TestwoodRapier (09/13/10)
The Bled - Heat Fetish
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: March 2, 2010


The past year has been tumultuous for The Bled. They were on the brink of calling it a day due to the economic recession putting an ever increasing strain on the financial stability of the band. As a result, all but two members from the unit that brought us Silent Treatmentíin 2007 remained.

Fortunately, the two remaining members were guitarist and chief songwriter Jeremy, and unmistakable frontman/vocalist James.
As such, The Bled have not lost their signature sound and with the inclusion of a whole new line-up, Iíd argue that Heat Fetish brings a whole new level of energy and urgency to the band that has not been heard since the debut Pass the Flask.

One of my main concerns was how the band would deal with the departure of drummer Mike Pedicone, whose skills behind the kit throughout The Bledís discography have been superb. That fear diminished right after the opening track.
Iím not sure where they find these drummers, but new sticksman Josh Skibar not only comfortably fills Pediconeís shoes but also brings his own frantic style to proceedings, which helps make this album an extremely impressive achievement.

Musically, Heat Fetish delivers the staple sound that weíve come to know and love with The Bled: heavy, down-tuned and aggressive songs with screamed vocals, breakdowns and spasmodic rhythms that traverse through various timings.
If you turn your nose up at any of the above, then go no further with this band as it isnít for you. If however, that sounds like your cup of tea, then trust me you will want to put the kettle on and make yourself a huge pot of it.

As ever, I find myself yet again in awe of James Munoz. There are very few vocalists in this genre that can hold a candle to him and each time I feel that he canít progress any further with his voice, Iím proven wrong once more. One of my biggest gripes with the hardcore genre is the inability of screamed vocalists to emit any range from their vocals. Most screamers have a guttural shout, or a higher pitched yell, that they stick to throughout their songs, making every song sound repetitive and all too familiar.
James has an uncanny ability to surprise you with his vocals, moving from low to high, to shout to clean in any given song. This is what makes The Bledís music a treat to listen to from one album to the next: you just never know what to expect.

The band tried to mix up their heavy elements with a more melodic edge on sophomore album Found in the Flood but with very mixed results. Scattered throughout this album are fine examples of how the band have developed this side of their music without compromising on the quality. ĎMeet Me in the Bone Orchardí is a prime example, where they have successfully integrated face-tearing aggression with haunting melody that helps to make Heat Fetish stand-alone as a complete package.

Iíve grown to appreciate every album The Bled have put out, but Iíve not always felt like theyíve achieved a faultless album since the release of their debut Pass the Flask. Something has always stood in the way; be it the production, or the missed attempts at being creative. The last couple of albums have been good, but too precise and polished to feel natural.

Heat Fetish though, is a new lease of life. There is a new line-up, new enthusiasm, new energy and a whole new set of songs I canít help but get excited about. This is the new Bled and it sounds incredible.


Recommended If You LikePrevious releases by The Bled, Underoath, Norma Jean
 
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10:40 AM on 09/19/10
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OK album; kinda disappointing.
11:18 AM on 09/19/10
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digged this record alot. Definitely a step up from silent treatment. good review.
11:47 AM on 09/19/10
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This review was spot-on.
11:51 AM on 09/19/10
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Great review. They also have a new bassist(hopefully he stays). They put on an awesome show last night. Actually glad we have a couple good bands from Tucson.
12:01 PM on 09/19/10
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This is my AOTY.
05:04 AM on 09/20/10
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Great review. They also have a new bassist(hopefully he stays). They put on an awesome show last night. Actually glad we have a couple good bands from Tucson.
I'm pretty gutted that they haven't toured the album in the UK. I'd love to see them live with this line-up.
08:56 AM on 09/20/10
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I'm pretty gutted that they haven't toured the album in the UK. I'd love to see them live with this line-up.
Well, I know the new bassist. If he stays, maybe I could get him to talk the rest of the band to think about touring in the UK. Hopefully they do well on this tour. If you like them you should also check out The Fade and Versus The Mirror :)
09:02 AM on 09/20/10
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Well, I know the new bassist. If he stays, maybe I could get him to talk the rest of the band to think about touring in the UK. Hopefully they do well on this tour. If you like them you should also check out The Fade and Versus The Mirror :)
That would be excellent. I know they've had issues financially, as have the rest of the world, but it would be nice to see them back!

I used to love Versus the Mirror, are they still in hiatus?
09:09 AM on 09/20/10
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That would be excellent. I know they've had issues financially, as have the rest of the world, but it would be nice to see them back!

I used to love Versus the Mirror, are they still in hiatus?
Yeah, although I don't think we'll be hearing anything new from them soon. It's been way too long. It'd be a great surprise if they started back up again.
07:30 AM on 09/21/10
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i can dig it.
05:14 PM on 12/13/10
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Well, I know the new bassist. If he stays, maybe I could get him to talk the rest of the band to think about touring in the UK. Hopefully they do well on this tour. If you like them you should also check out The Fade and Versus The Mirror :)
Last I heard, the guys were planning a European tour Spring/Summer of next year. They've been meaning to do a European tour for a while, but it keeps getting pushed back so they can work on new material.
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