. The original line-up did not last for long, as Lemos moved to Massapequa, New York, where he continued to work on his music with old school mates,
In the early 80's they started playing live shows, most notably at the legendary CBGB's and Stony Brook University. Tired of lack of response to instrumental music, the group decided to add a vocalist. Through a music paper add they found Joe Papa
- a singing eccentric. His presence triggered the departure of Gary Pecorino
, who wasn't happy with the direction the band was heading for. With newly recruited drummer Chris Moriarty
and some additional musicians, Controlled Bleeding
went on to work on new material but after their first disastrous show the extended line-up got once again reduced to the one-man mastermind - Paul Lemos
Paul begun experimenting with noise music, which resulted in releasing a compilation tape called "Swallowing Scrap Metal" in 1982. The tape became a surprising success on the local underground scene. Lemos once again drafted Joe Papa
and Chris Moriarty
, and together they went on to compose tons of new material, releasing demo cassettes on a regular basis. The band's album which is considered to be their official debut was released in 1983, under the title "Knees and Bones". Throughout the following few years Controlled Bleeding
recorded a number of albums, slowly progressing from noise to other musical styles.
Mixing various influences was always the key element to the band's success. With the release of "Trudge" for WaxTrax! Records in 1990, Controlled Bleeding
entered the more commercial market, offering recordings that were easier to get into by regular music lovers. In 1992 the band surprised their fans, releasing "Penetration" for Roadrunner Records - a label known mainly for promoting metal. "Penetration" was not completely out of place in that matter, as the sound of distorted guitars could be heard all throughout the album. Especially "Auto-Grind" and "In-Penetration" showed strong metal influences, the latter being nothing more than a mechanized thrash number. As always, the band presented a whole variety of styles - one could find dark ambient in "Consecration Will", funk in "Blessed is the Burning Room" and gothic in the final track, "Awakened Beneath The Ground".Paul Lemos
soon got tired with the commercial marketplace and went on back to creating purely experimental music, focused mainly on dark ambient sounds. After 1997 Chris Moriarty
decided to pursue his own career with the group Body Clock
, while Lemos and Papa continued to develop new, fascinating material. Throughout the years Paul Lemos
got involved in various side-project, the most popular of which were Skin Chamber
, Fat Hacker
, In Blind Embrace
and Joined at the Head
exists to this very day, constantly infecting the scene with their bizarre, yet mind-blowing sounds. Their last known release from 2009 is called "Gibbering Canker-Opera Slaves (Studies In Meditation and Evisceration) Volume One".
"Penetration" remains one of the most significant albums in the band's career. Delivering an impressive variety of styles and inspirations, this collection of unforgettable tracks can be truly called a masterpiece of experimental music. The re-release digipak edition is limited to 2,000 copies. Digitally remastered using 24-Bit process, released on a golden disc.