Available as a double LP (300 copies on black vinyl and 200 copies on grey vinyl)
Released on Gary Mundy’s Broken Flag label in 1984, the first Controlled Bleeding album was “Distress Signals”, an almost impossible-to-find cassette-only album of brutal powernoise and experimentally distorted and tortured vocals. The near hour-long performance is immediate and harsh, and the tape has a kind of holy-grail quality amongst collectors, not least because of the special status of Broken Flag, but also because it has never been properly reissued on either CD or vinyl.
Part of the mystique of “Distress Signals” comes from Controlled Bleeding’s founder Paul Lemos, who, while putting together this reissue series in conjunction with Artoffact Records, insisted that there are actually two Distress Signals recordings, both very different from each other, but one of which has never been heard or released in any form. In fact, according to Lemos, the second Distress Signals is the one which was originally intended for Broken Flag, but due to an error or oversight, a mistake in dubbing or who knows what, the audio on the Broken Flag tape was not the performance that was intended.
From this came the idea to release two editions of Distress Signals:
Distress Signals I – a completely remastered and restored edition of the original, rare Broken Flag tape. Distress Signals I is issued as a double LP in a gatefold sleeve featuring the original artwork of Distress Signals and a copy of the liner notes from the tape insert.
Distress Signals II – Lemos’ intended recording, never before released and quite different from the Broken Flag tape. Distress Signals II is issued as a single LP, with the same cover as Distress Signals I, but in a different colour.
Both vinyl releases come in black vinyl and collector’s editions on coloured vinyl.
Distress Signals I and II is a combined double CD.
A1 The Spitting Cell (11:38)
B1 A Human Invention (18:36)
C1 The Heretic And The Christs Of Violence (9:44)
C2 Code Of Honour (2:06)
D1 Only Obeyed Orders (17:47)