JULY 16th 2013
BATILLUS: CONCRETE SUSTAIN

Review by Metal Mom

Genre - Doom
Record Label Seventh Rule / Vendetta

Okay, as many of you know, I am not a big Doom fan, but going to try and open my mind to new things, and give this a good listen and then review it the best I can. So here goes, but first a little history on BATILLUS, because its also a band I haven’t heard of, so just in case there are some of you as well who this might be a first time giving a listen to….

Basically this band formed in 2007 as an instrumental trio, then in 2009 they added vocals, synthesizer and samples to their way of music. They have recorded and released a pair of  EP’s on their own, both sold out now. They have toured with the likes of Indian, The Atlas Moth, Mutilation Rites, Kowloon Walled City, Whitehorse, Hull, Salome, Author and Punisher to name a few. Of course when I looked this up in Wikipedia, it came up first with  “Batillus was a supertanker, built in 1976 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique at Saint-Nazaire for the French branch of Shell Oil. The first vessel of homonymous Batillus class supertankers.” Wonder if that’s how they came up with their name?

Band Members -
Willi Stabenau (bass)
Geoff Summers (drums)
Greg Peterson (guitars)
Fade Kainer (vocals/keyboards)
Hometown - Brooklyn, NY

Anyway lets get down to the review…the band recorded “Concrete Sustain” their 2nd full length at Sound Generation in Manhattan, NYC  with engineer/producer Sanford Parker (YOB/Nachtmystium/Pelican) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Ministry/Ohgr/Skinny Puppy) at the Boiler Room in Chicago, Ill.

Track Listing -
1. Concrete
2. Cast
3. Beset
4. Mirrors
5. Rust
6. Thorns

If you are looking for some big riffs, and feeling like you are being beaten to death in slow motion, then you have just bought the right CD.  Their songs seem to range from a merciless mid tempo to an underground crawl. There is some bizarre industrial contortions, with some laid back clean guitar, making this a prime example of doom. You can tell by listening that this band is capable of some pretty amazing crushing tunes, a little atmospheric darkness giving doom fans exactly what they want.