Brooklyn’s favorite industrial blackened doomsmiths, BATILLUS, are pleased to unveil their work of cinematic grimness in the form of “Concrete.” An ultra bleak, narrative story that brings the track to life in a most uncomfortable fashion, “Concrete” was directed by Gretchen Heinel, features actors Candice Freshko, David McManamon, Rush Aaron Hicks, Mockingbird Girl, Jane Marguerite and La Luna and serves as the band’s first ever music video.
“Concrete” opens BATILLUS‘ mammoth Concrete Sustain full-length, released via Seventh Rule Recordings earlier this year. With songs that range from relentless mid-tempo churns to subterranean crawls, BATILLUS coheres the extremes of heavy music into a surge of massive riffing, rolling over and descending upon the listener with the force and intensity of steel dropping from the sky. Originally conceived in 2007 as an instrumental trio, the BATILLUS lineup expanded in 2009 to add vocals, synthesizers, and samples to the dynamic range of their music. Described by The New Yorker as “[a] sludgy four-piece that slows monstrous Black Sabbath riffs to a crawl to produce highly textured compositions of droning doom-metal,” and commended for their meticulous weave of “searing feedback and blistering riffs” by NPR, 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 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.
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“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.” – About.com
“At their stripped and shrapnel-scarred heart, BATILLUS are a doom band, and Concrete Sustaincarries 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,” – Exclaim!
“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.” — Emusic
“…their most cohesive release yet.” – MetalSucks
“Concrete Sustain is the sound of modern doom and each track here holds dear to its heart the essence and core of the doom genre, yet BATILLUS twist it and turn it onto something new and different and a marvel to experience.” – Cvlt Nation
“Sounds and noises come at you from nowhere in the vast darkness BATILLUS have offer on here. Concrete Sustain is an album that is truly alive. They have added a dark demented soul to their music and it is not a pretty sight. BATILLUS have taken another almighty step towards greatness…” – The SludgeLord
“For many metal acts the word ‘industrial’ is simply an adjective to throw around. For BATILLUS, who hail from the home of skyscrapers and 24-hour Starbucks known as New York City, this workman-like take on pressurized doom metal is not just another sonic layer, but a sense of being.” – Invisible Oranges
“BATILLUS have excelled on Concrete Sustain creating their best work and to my ears a faultless album.” – Echoes And Dust
“…a 2013 must-listen for fans of doom, especially those who might want to do more than stand in place and nod dreamily at the floor.” – No Clean Singing