Friday, February 8, 2013

Batillus/Concrete Sustain/Seventh Rule Recordings/2013 CD Review


  Batillus  are  a  band  from  New  York  that  plays  a  blackened  form  of  doom/sludge  metal  with  some    industrial  and  noise  elements  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Concrete  Sustain"  which  was  released  by  Seventh  Rule  Recordings.

  Drums  range  from slow  to  mid  paced  playing  with  no  fast  playing  or  blast  beats  being  present  on this  recording,  while  the  synths  and  noise  bring  a  very  dark  avant  garde,  industrial,  drone  and  ambient  sound  to  the  recording,  as  for  the  bass  playing  it  has  a  very  dark  tone  with  riffs  that  follow  the  riffing  that  are  coming  out  of  the  guitars  and  at  times  they  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  riffs  that  combine  black  metal,  doom,  and  sludge  together  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  dark  sounding  ambient/doom  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads.

  Vocals  range  high  pitched  black  metal/sludge  screams,  deep  doom/death  metal  growls  to  industrial/hardcore  style  vocals  as  well  as  a  brief  spoken  word  part  in  addition  there  is  some  clean  singing  being  utilized  on  the  last  song,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Batillus  are  a  very  great  sounding  hybrid  of  black  metal,  noise,  doom,  drone  and  sludge  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Cast"  and  "Thorns".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.

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