Review by Adam M on March 4, 2014.
Batillus utilizes a scathing industrial sound. They are for people that like a simple rhythm and not many extras. The industrial period the band portrays is largely reminiscent of the introductory phase that Godflesh used ages ago.
This is shown by the static that is emanated from the band. It indicates a preference towards people that enjoy electronic music as well. The repetitive nature of the riffing makes for a similarity to dance music slightly, but the heaviness certainly brings forth the metal aspect of the band.
In terms of vocals, there are a variety of shrieks in a deep tone that is perhaps reminiscent of Godflesh again. They tend to be quite acidic, yet fit in with the remainder of the performances quite well overall.
In terms of musicianship, a repetitiveness is kept intact that always is catchy, yet malevolent. The atmosphere is pretty sparse created by the music, but it is kept in check by efficient use of percussion at all times. At times the music is violent. At others it remains subtle and appropriate. There is no need to be overly extreme if one can maintain a good backdrop otherwise. At the moments when the music is scathing, the addictiveness is brought to the forefront to make things interesting at the moment. Bass is used as a undertone as seen from the chunky “Beset” and never interferes with the percussion, which is usually at the front of the musical display.
In terms of albums from last year, Concrete Sustain isn't the best album, but it remains an honorable mention. More adventurous techniques would be needed to make this one of the absolute best albums. The catchy and screaming approach of the musicians is a strong one that will keep you coming back for more and longer listens.
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Rating: 8.4 out of 10