Friday, August 26, 2016

Controlled Bleeding "Larva Lumps and Baby Bumps"

Country: USA
Genre(s): Instrumental Industrial, Progressive Rock, Jazz
Label: Artoffact Records
Format: CD, digital, vinyl
Release date: August 26, 2016 (CD, digital), September 23, 2016 (vinyl)
Disc 1:
1) Driving through Darkness
2) Carving Song
3) Trawler's Return
4) As Evening Fades
5) The Perks of Being a Perv (Parts 1-4)

Disc 2:
1) Return of the Quiet
2) Fusion Song
3) Swarm
4) Garage Dub
5) Trawler's Song
6) Eye of Needle
7) Trang's Song

Paul Lemos - guitar
Mike Bazini - programming
Tony Meola - drums
Chvad SB - programming

Larva Lumps is a startling record: it somehow flawlessly mixes industrial noise and prog rock into a beautifully stream-of-conscious work that is at once fairly brutal and lovingly serene. The opening piece, Driving Through Darkness, could be the title of a pop-ballad, until you realize the actual meaning of the word 'driving'; jumping out at you seemingly in medias res, the album and track crash thru a minute of jazz-improv and clicking bass that give way to a delightful guitar, before grabbing you again on the road to darkness. The second track, Carving Song, is an industrial monster that sounds like the spawn of Test Dept. and Cubanate, and the epic, 22-minute long closer The Perks of Being a Perv, an instrumental throbbing piece of industrial-meets-prog confusion, is breathtaking.

Driving Through Darkness

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