New York City
2002 - present
Warner Bros. Records
Vision of Disorder,
is an American metal band
from New York City that formed in 2002.
They are currently signed to Warner Bros.
The band’s name, Bloodsimple, comes
from a term coined by detective novelist
Dashiell Hammett. The term apparently de-
scribes the addled, fearful mindset people
are in after a prolonged immersion in violent
situations. The term was coined in the novel
Red Harvest, which is also the title of Blood-
simple’s second album.
Early history (2002 – 2004)
Bloodsimple formed 2002, originally under
the name Fix 8, and featured former Vision
of Disorder members vocalist Tim Williams
and guitarist Mike Kennedy, along with ex-
Piece Dogs, Skrew, and Medication bassist
Kyle Sanders (brother of Troy Sanders,
bassist of heavy metal band Mastodon),
and former Downset, Crowbar, and Deadbolt
drummer Chris Hamilton.
In early May 2004, the band opened New
York shows for Superjoint Ritual. Then in
June, the band signed to Warner Bros. Re-
cords, through Bullygoat Records, an imprint
founded by Chad Gray, vocalist for Mudvayne
and Hellyeah. Their debut album, entitled
A Cruel World, was recorded in Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada with producer
Garth Richardson. Then, in late February
2005, they began the "Alliance of Defiance"
U.S. tour alongside Otep, American Head
Charge and Candiria.
A Cruel World (2005 – 2007)
In May, the band was featured on the
soundtrack to the film House of Wax, with
their song "Path to Prevail." In its first
week of release, A Cruel World sold 3,120
copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In
April, Bloodsimple were rumored to be the
band given the second "mystery band" slot on
the second stage