Batillus – “What Heart” (Stereogum Premiere)

Batillus - Furnace

Batillus – “What Heart” (Stereogum Premiere)

Batillus - Furnace

When I booked Batillus with Ocean and Salome in early 2009 they were a fun, patient, working-man’s instrumental doom trio. The later addition of dreadlocked ex-Inswarm vocalist (and Jarboe collaborator) Fade Kainer on voice/synth/noise added an industrialized intensity and overall bleakness. If you haven’t caught them since Kainer joined, you’ll be surprised by the variety of darkened doom on their sludgy, atmospheric Sanford Parker-produced debut Furnace. As drummer Geoff Summers put it, “We’re all big fans of Godflesh, Ministry, Swans, stuff like that … and some other less obvious bands like WOLD, Pharaoh Overlord, Kraftwerk, Sisters of Mercy, and Depeche Mode.” When talking to me about “What Heart”‘s synthesized parts, Summers mentioned both DM and the Cure. There’s plenty of other stuff going on in the beautiful (and, hey, stately) 8-minute track, too. Dig in:

Batillus – “What Heart”


01 “…And The World Is As Night To Them”
02 “Deadweight”
03 “Uncreator”
04 “The Division”
05 “What Heart”
06 “Mautaam”

Furnace is out 4/19 via Seventh Rule. The band’s included on the first volume of MetalSucks’ great free New York City metal sampler, NYC Sucks. Batillus hit the road tomorrow with Hull and meet up with a bunch of other folks along the way. They’ll be carrying a limited (55) tour-only vinyl pressing of the album with them. All shows below are with Hull except for the Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore SXSW showcase:

03/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie #
03/12 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter %
03/13 – Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway !
03/14 – Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music ^
03/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Triple Crown Tattoo) &
03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Brooklyn Vegan/Profound Lore Showcase @ Lovejoy’s) $$
03/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (Shiner Bar) ^^
03/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Siberia ))
03/22 – Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective !!
03/23 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Reservoir Bar %%
03/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar **
03/25 – Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker %%
03/26 – New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall ##

# w/ Ominous Black
% w/ U.S. Christmas, Balaclava
! w/ U.S. Christmas
^ w/ The Body
& w/ Pack of Wolves, Mutilation Rites
$$ w/ Tombs, Dark Castle, The Body, Castevet, Deafheaven, Grayceon, Wolvehammer, Altaar
^^ w/ Pack of Wolves
)) w/ The Body, Mutilation Rites
!! w/ Mose Giganticus, Sacaea
%% w/ Caltrop
** w/ Caltrop, Billows
## w/ Horseback, Caltrop

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