Brooklyn, New York avant-industrial doom conjurors BATILLUS (buh-TILL-us) today confirm March 19, 2013 as the official North American release date of their forthcoming new full-length. Titled Concrete Sustain, the follow-up to 2011’s critically-lauded Furnace long player, was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker and BATILLUS at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room.
With songs that range from relentless mid-tempo churns to subterranean crawls, BATILLUS cohere the extremes of heavy music into a surge of massive riffing, rolling over and descending on the listener with the force and intensity of a sudden storm. Concrete Sustain delivers six unforgettable tracks of chilling industrial doom.
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Originally conceived in 2007 as an instrumental trio, the BATILLUS lineup expanded in 2009 to add vocals, synthesizer, and samples to the dynamic range of their music. The tight and focused songs on Concrete Sustain reflect this expanded palette, which has had a profound effect on the band’s writing process.
Concrete Sustain will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings. Stay tuned for further info on BATILLUS, including a stretch of live rituals, in the coming weeks.
“[Vocalist Fade] Kainer’s trash can-scraped screams, wild boar growls and droning industrial synths contribute an element of bottomless evil, sculpted from searing feedback and blistering riffs.” – NPR
“[A] sludgy four-piece that slows monstrous Black Sabbath riffs to a crawl to produce highly textured compositions of droning doom-metal.” – The New Yorker
“[B]eyond-atmospheric blackened doom.” – Revolver
“BATILLUS’ mega-doom is some high-dosage shit; super-sized riffs anchor the load, but Furnace is way more than just thick strings, bass drones, fuzz boxes, and early Sabbath LPs. Their debut comes soaked in a lysergic emulsion of USBM melancholia, weird quasi-industrial distortion and feedback, with epic jams coming out for air when the Brooklyn quartet wants to kick it all laid-back and loose-leafed with some NeurIsis-style clean guitar.” – Decibel