In commemoration of the recent release of their latest full-length, the gargantuan Concrete Sustain, industrial blackened sludge metal henchmen BATILLUS will play a special record release show this Saturday at Public Assembly on their home turf of Brooklyn, New York. The collective will be joined by doom-doers Inter Arma and dark thrash genre-benders Earthling.
BATILLUS: Concrete Sustain Record Release Show
4/27/2013 Public Assembly – Brooklyn, NY [tickets]
Co-produced by audio sage Sanford Parker at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room, Concrete Sustain has raised the eyebrows of fans and critics alike for its dark, mechanical deviance and contrastingly organic, wholly penetrating heaviness.
About.com notes, “Concrete Sustain filters the hard edged and bleak urban landscape through heartfelt and meaningful industro-doom, cementing BATILLUS near the top of the heap. Put on your best heavy-lidded scowl and prepare to sustain and dominate,” MetalSucks crowns the record “their most cohesive release yet,” adding that the band has finally found a seamless way to blend their doom foundation with the industrial element that vocalist Fade Kainer brings to the band, and they’ve done it by writing their catchiest songs to date,” while SoundColourVibration adds, “[Concrete Sustain] is a record of density and complexity and one that is impossible to lump into any one box. I’ll be absorbing this album for years to come and highly recommend this … to anyone looking for something uncompromising and beautifully dark.” In an 8/10 review, LastRites opines, “Drenched in dystopian bitterness, this is a work almost completely devoid of hope… Concrete Sustain is an exhausting, brutal journey. Such is life,” Exclaim relates, “At their stripped and shrapnel-scarred heart, BATILLUS are a doom band, and Concrete Sustain carries a bit of the funereal around with it, though the dead it mourns were not made of flesh and bone, but rather concrete and steel,” while Emusic adds in a perfect 5/5 rating, “In addition to an abundance of trudging, mid-paced riffs played on densely distorted guitar and bass, BATILLUS have built a framework of counterpoint rhythms that provide tension and contrast: Grinding, whirring industrial samples abound, as do textural washes of feedback that border on the post-rock nihilism of Neurosis.”
Concrete Sustain was released March 19 via Seventh Rule Recordings. Order your copy HERE. You can also check out a full stream of the record courtesy of MetalSucks at THIS LOCATION. Additionally, you can check out the band’s eclectic Decibrity Playlist at Decibel Magazine HERE.