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Batillus Releases First Music Video

Brooklyn's industrial blackened doomsmiths Batillus, who were covered in the genre flip-flopping edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, 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 the band's "Concrete Sustain" full-length (reviewed here), released via Seventh Rule Recordings earlier this year. More...

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Unearthing More Genre Flip-Floppers

With more than 15,000 bands in our database, and hordes more than that in existence, every Monday we like to take a little time to highlight three underground bands that deserve your attention.

Usually our unearthed bands focus on a single sub-genre or geographic region, but today we’ll look bands that have all experienced a similar phenomena: the flip-flop. Favored maneuver of politicians everywhere, and for some reason also plenty of metal bands, these guys aren’t doing it to pick up more votes, as their flip-flips frequently cost them fans.

Metal has its fair share of musical flip-floppers who went from heavy to soft, vice versa, or smashed opposing elements together to create a different type of sound. Our previous look at three genre flip-floppers covered a variety of them, and there are even more well known acts that have taken this route, from Darkthrone to Anathema and Therion. Below you’ll find a sampling of three lesser known acts that have significantly changed sound from their earlier works.

Tribulation

This Swedish death metal act had a cult hit back in 2009 with debut full-length “The Horror” (reviewed here), which was a brutal and unrelenting take on death/thrash that never let up. Short but sweet, the tracks were brief bites of devastation that didn’t overstay their welcome.

Fast forward to 2013, and Tribulation is an altogether different beast. Unlike the other two bands we’ll look at today, this time the change in sound actually made the songs much longer than before. “The Formulas of Death” (check out the review) saw the band become a progressive death metal outfit with plenty of melody and unexpected stylistic shifts. If it weren’t for the remaining thrash influence in the guitar sounds and the recurring death vocals, this would essentially be two different bands.

Hear the difference yourself through the clips below taken from each album. There is a lot going on musically throughout the second album, so a single song doesn’t really give enough to digest the breadth of the change, but you can also check out the new song “When the Sky is Black with Devils” via the band’s Facebook profile.

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Batillus Announces SXSW Appearances

Currently in the midst of a month-long run of live assaults, Batillus will be laying waste to Austin at this year’s edition of the SXSW Music Conference.

In addition to the band's previously announced slot on Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy showcase, Batillus will appear on the 2nd Annual Heavy Metal BBQ, Invisible Oranges Day Party, and the second stage of Metal At The Music Ranch. See further details below.

The band's new album "Concrete Sustain" is also available for streaming in full via MetalSucks here. The album is due out April 19th, 2013. More...

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Batillus Streaming Full New Album

Batillus will drop a new full-length album this coming March 19th, 2013. Titled "Concrete Sustain," the follow-up to 2011’s "Furnace" (reviewed here), was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room.

The full album is now available for streaming online via MetalSucks.net. Check out all of "Concrete Sustain" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Concrete
2. Cast
3. Beset
4. Mirrors
5. Rust
6. Thorns More...

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Batillus Streaming New Song

Batillus will release new album "Concrete Sustain" this coming March 19th, 2013. The band has now posted the opening track from the album online for streaming. Check out the song via Pitchfork.com here.

The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Concrete
2. Cast
3. Beset
4. Mirrors
5. Rust
6. Thorns More...

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Batillus Announces "Concrete Sustain" Album

Brooklyn, New York doom conjurors Batillus today confirm March 19th, 2013 as the official North American release date for a forthcoming new full-length.

Titled "Concrete Sustain," the follow-up to 2011’s "Furnace" (reviewed here), was recorded and mixed by Sanford Parker at Sound Generation in Manhattan and Hypercube in Chicago, and mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room. The following press release was issued about the album:

"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."

The track listing is as follows:

1. Concrete
2. Cast
3. Beset
4. Mirrors
5. Rust
6. Thorns More...

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Seventh Rule Announces 2013 Releases

Seventh Rule Records has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming 2013 releases from Batillus, Atriarch, and more:

"Well hello, 2013. The primary plan is now in effect and it will be another amazing year for Seventh Rule!

"We are starting quickly with our first two releases dropping in Feb being a vinyl reissue of Thergothon's funeral doom classic 'Stream From the Heavens' and the debut album from Portland's Eight Bells.

"March will bring us a new crushing release from Batillus, April brings us the psychedelic noise trance from Megaton Leviathan and May will bring a new sonic masterpiece from Author & Punisher. We will also be handling the vinyl version of Atriach's 'Ritual Of Passing' which will hit the shelves in the early part of the year.

"There are some surprises still to come for the last 1/2 of the year including reissues of out of print Srule vinyl in the form of Coffinworm and Indian gems! Thanks as always for your support and make sure your ears are ready for the sonic attack."

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Batillus Recording Album, Checks In From Studio

Today Decibel Magazine hosts the first of a two-part studio diary series from Brooklyn industrial doom derelicts Batillus. The band has been holed-up at Sound Generation Studios in New York City with production wizard Sanford Parker recording a second full-length entitled "Concrete Sustain."

The follow-up to 2011’s "Furnace" long player (reviewed here), is slated to detonate this March via Seventh Rule Recordings. Further details to be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out some tales from the control room through Decibel Magazine here.

You can also watch the band ravage souls at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus Bar earlier last month sharing the stage with Nachtmystium, Mutilation Rites, and Lord Mantis with new track “Mirrors” below. Commented BrooklynVegan of the performance: “Batillus carried through that same noisy sensibility, with frontman Fade Kainer's harsh vocals, manipulated to a point where they could have been confused as something inhuman and otherworldly. The band's industrial sensibility lent an edge to their doom-influence dirges and, while slower than all the other bands on the bill, made BATILLUS equally brutal as next band Mutilation Rites' most unforgiving riff.” More...

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Batillus Streaming Songs From New Split

Batillus has now released a split 12" with Whitehorse, which is available through Vendetta Records. The two Batillus tracks from the split are available for streaming via Bandcamp or in the player below. The Batillus songs are:

1. Silver Mortar 09:11
2. Feral 11:19

Batillus also has the following upcoming tour dates with Whitehorse:

Wed 5/30/12 – Raleigh, NC @ Slim’s (no Whitehorse)
Thu 5/31/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot w/ TBD (no Whitehorse)
Fri 6/1/12 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough (no Whitehorse)
Sat 6/2/12 – Lafayette, LA @ The Wild Salmon w/ Haarp, Red Shield (no Whitehorse)
Sun 6/3/12 – Austin, TX – Chaos in Tejas @ Hotel Vegas w/ Dragged Into Sunlight, Cough
Mon 6/4/12 – Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern w/ As Dogs, Firing Order
Tue 6/5/12 – Columbia, MO @ Cafe Berlin w/ Battlement
Wed 6/6/12 – Lincoln, NE @ Duffy’s Tavern w/ Ezra
Thu 6/7/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa w/ Svoboda, Lungs
Fri 6/8/12 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters w/ Northless
Sat 6/9/12 – Appleton, WI @ Maritime Tavern
Sun 6/10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door w/ Making Ghost, Alma Negra, Lost Dog
Mon 6/11/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Kopec’s w/ Slices
Tue 6/12/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron w/ Unearthly Trance
Wed 6/13/12 – Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets
Thu 6/14/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
Fri 6/15/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Golden West w/ Mind as Prison More...

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The Atlas Moth Gearing Up For Tour With Batillus

The Atlas Moth released its Profound Lore debut "An Ache For The Distance" (reviewed here) in September, and Batillus kicked off the year with the new effort "Furnace." The bands have now joined forces with Kowloon Walled City for a tour this fall. Details are as follows:

THE ATLAS MOTH, BATILLUS & KOWLOON WALLED CITY
11/9 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry - NO KWC
11/10 - Fargo, ND - The New Direction - NO KWC
11/12 - Portland, OR - East End - No Batillus
11/13 - Seattle, WA - Highline - No Batillus
11/14 - Boise, ID - The Shredder - No Batillus
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV - Yayo Tacos - No Batillus
11/16 - Phoenix, AZ - Yucca Tap Room - No Batillus
11/17 - Capistrano Beach, CA - Coconuts
11/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Bow & Sparrow
11/19 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern - No Batillus
11/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Burt's Tiki Lounge - NO KWC
11/21 - Denver, CO - Moe's - NO KWC
11/22 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room - NO KWC
11/23 - Chicago, IL - Subterranean - NO KWC

Batillus Off Dates:
10.26 - Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron w/ Inter Arma, Belus
11.7 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath w/ Late August, Chaniski
11.8 - Madison, WI @ Wisco
11.12 - Seattle, WA @ Highline w/ Natür
11.13 - Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Diesto, Natür
11.15 - Eugene, OR or Chico, CA @ TBA
11.16 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Prizehog
11.19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco
11.21 - Denver, CO @ Moe's w/ The Atlas Moth, Ghosts of Glaciers

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Batillus Updates Tour Schedule

In support of the "Furnace" album (reviewed here), Batillus will be embarking on a U.S. tour throughout the month of November. The trek will see Batillus joining The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City, Battlefields, and more.

The upcoming Batillus tour dates are as follows:

11.7 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath Live w/ Late August, Chaniski
11.8 - Madison, WI @ TBA
11.9 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Battlefields (album release), The Atlas Moth
11.10 - Fargo, ND @ TBA w/ The Atlas Moth
11.12 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
11.13 - Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Diesto
11.15 - Eugene, OR @ TBA
11.16 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Prizehog
11.17 - Capistrano Beach, CA @ Coconuts w/ The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City, Pigeonwing
11.18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bow and Sparrow w/ The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City
11.19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco w/ TBA
11.20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA w/ The Atlas Moth
11.21 - Denver, CO @ Moe's w/ The Atlas Moth, Ghosts of Glaciers
11.22 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ The Atlas Moth
11.23 - Chicago, IL @ SubT Lounge w/ Yakuza, The Swan King

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The Atlas Moth Announces New Shows

Chicago’s The Atlas Moth is heading west to promote the band's new Profound Lore release, “An Ache for the Distance.” San Francisco’s Kowloon Walled City will be joining on for 8 shows out West, bolstered by the recent addition of Tigon guitarist Jon Howell. Batillus will also be appearing on both the Orange County and Los Angeles shows.

Tour dates are as follows:

Fri 11/11 - Arcata (KWC only) - The Alibi
Sat 11/12 - Portland - East End w/Norska, Mongoloid Village
Sun 11/13 - Seattle - Highline w/Mico de Noche, Broxa
Mon 11/14 - Boise - The Shredder w/Bone Dance
Tue 11/15 - Las Vegas - Yayo Tacos
Wed 11/16 - Phoenix - Yucca Tap Room w/Rituals, Seas Will Rise, Twingiant
Thu 11/17 - Orange County - Coconuts w/Batillus, Pigeonwing
Fri 11/18 - LA - Bow & Sparrow w/Batillus
Sat 11/19 - San Francisco - Hemlock Tavern, w/Pins of Light -- early show, 5pm doors

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Batillus Announces U.S. Tour Dates

Batillus has announced it will be releasing an upcoming split 7" with Mutilation Rites, and two tracks from the release were recently posted online. The band has now announced a string of tour dates with Mutilation Rites. The currently announced shows are as follows:

7/8 Providence, RI @ Machines With Magnets w/ Mutilation Rites
7/9 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt w/ Mutilation Rites
7/12 NYC @ Le Poisson Rouge w/ YOB + Dark Castle
7/14 Madsion, WI @ Lothlórien Co-op w/ Mutilation Rites
7/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Medusa w/ Mutilation Rites
7/16 Fargo, ND @ The New Direction w/ Mutilation Rites
7/17 Appleton, WI @ Maritime Tavern w/ Mutilation Rites
7/19 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Nachtmystium + Lord Mantis + Mutilation Rites
7/20 Indianapolis, IN @ Vibes Music w/ Mutilation Rites + Racebannon
7/21 Cleveland, OH @ Now That's Class w/ Mutilation Rites
7/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ Helter Shelter w/ Mutilation Rites
7/23 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus w/ Mutilation Rites

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Batillus Streaming New Song From Split Release

Stereogum.com is currently streaming two songs online from an upcoming 7" split between Batillus and Mutilation Rites, which will be released through Shinebox. The songs "Cast" and "Goliath" can be heard by heading over here. The cover artwork for both sides of the split can be viewed below.

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Batillus Release Show Footage Available

Footage has been posted online of Batillus performing the song "Division" at the band's release show for the "Furnace" album. You can watch the video clip below, which also features Kat from Agoraphobic Nosebleed joining the band on vocals.

The entire "Furnace" album is currently available for streaming online, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album here.

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Batillus Streaming New Album "Furnace"

New York's Batillus is currently streaming the entire new album "Furnace" online, as well as offering the album in digital format for a "name your price" cost. You can check out the album by heading over to the Seventh Rule Recordings Bandcamp page at this location.

The track listing for "Furnace" is as follows:

1. ...And The World Is As Night To Them
2. Deadweight
3. Uncreator
4. The Division
5. What Heart
6. Mautaam

Metalunderground.com's review of the new album "Furnace" is also available by clicking here.

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Band Lineup Announced For SXSW Showcases

The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16th

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
Venue: Emo's
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

Thursday, March 17th

Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body

Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...

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BrooklynVegan Announces Four Day Shows During SXSW

BrooklynVegan has announced four free shows over two venues with 32 bands in total. The details are as follows:

3/16 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN DAY PARTY
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 KEN Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

3/17 Emo's (603 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES STAGE at FULL METAL TEXAS
12:05 Goes Cube
12:50 All Pigs Must Die
1:35 Kvelertak
2:20 Rwake
3:10 Hull
4:05 Trap Them
5:00 Yob

3/18 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:15 Owen Hart
1:00 Salvation
1:45 Kill The Client
2:30 KEN Mode
3:15 Cough
4:00 Magrudergrind
4:45 Gaza
5:30 Wormrot
6:15 Ringworm

3/19 Lovejoys (604 Neches St, btw 6th & 7th, Austin, TX 78701)
BROOKLYNVEGAN/1000KNIVES DAY PARTY
12:20 Altaar
1:00 Castevet
1:45 Wolvhammer
2:30 Batillus
3:15 Grayceon
4:00 Deafheaven
4:45 The Body
5:30 Dark Castle
6:15 Tombs

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Batillus Records New Song For Split Release

New York doom metal band Batillus was up early Sunday morning to record a new song for a split release with Mutilation Rites. By the evening, the band updated: "After an 18 hr day and many technical obstacles, new song is done. AJ Peters, Brendan Tobin, and Kat were all solid additions to the team."

Batillus' debut full-length recording, entitled "Furnace," will be released by Seventh Rule Recordings. The album, which was recorded at Semaphore Recording with engineer Sanford Parker (Yob, Unearthly Trance, Nachtmystium, Pelican) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Ministry, Ohgr / Skinny Puppy) at the Boiler Room, will be released on April 19th in North America, with the vinyl version available on April 16th, just in time for Record Store Day. "Furnace" will, however, be available on CD and a special tour-pressing from the band directly at shows prior to its official release. This vinyl tour pressing will feature art silk-screened by hand and will be limited to only 55 copies. The tracklisting for "Furnace" is as follows:

1. ...And The World Is As Night To Them
2. Deadweight
3. Uncreator
4. The Division
5. What Heart
6. Mautaam

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Wolvhammer and The Atlas Moth Touring To SXSW

Minneapolis, MN's WOLVHAMMER have just announced a string of March dates with brothers of the sonic cloth THE ATLAS MOTH. This series of live shows will take them down this year's edition of the SXSW Music Conference, where WOLVHAMMER will be appearing at a Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore day party as well as the official Profound Lore label showcase. This run will see the band sharing stages with the aforementioned The Atlas Moth as well as Howl, KEN Mode, Tombs, Dark Castle, Deafheaven, The Body, Batillus, Grayceon, Castavet, Altaar, and Slough Feg.

Wolvhammer's latest release, "Black Marketeers of WWIII," was released by Init Records.

Here are the latest Wolvhammer tour dates:

3.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock w/ The Atlas Moth
3.12 - La Crosse, WI - Warehouse w/ The Atlas Moth
3.13 - Milwauke, WI - Mad Planet w/ The Atlas Moth
3.14 - Indianapolis, IN - Melody Inn w/ The Atlas Moth
3.15 - Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone w/ The Atlas Moth and Howl
3.16 - TBA
3.17 - New Orleans, LA - Siberia
3.19 - Austin, TX - Lovejoy's as part of Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore SXSW Free Day Party w/ Tombs, Dark Castle, Deafheaven, The Body, Batillus, Grayceon, Castavet, Altaar
3.19 - Austin, TX - Valhalla as part of Profound Lore's Official SXSW Showcase w/ Slough Feg, KEN Mode, Grayceon, Castavet, Bruce Lamont, Altaar
3.20 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon w/ KEN Mode
3.21 - Chicago, IL - The Double Door Basement

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