Batillus/Whitehorse – Split LP (20 May 2012, Vendetta Records)
Good afternoon! Here's some exciting news that just came my way recently. I haven’t talked a whole lot about Brooklyn post-doom heavyweights Batillus, although I did name their album Furnace as one of my “Top 11 of 2011.” Nevertheless, ever since I discovered the band sometime in the early part of last year, I’ve been a big fan of their immensely powerful doom’n'gloom soundscapes.
Well, just recently, Vendetta Records has released a 12″ split that also includes Whitehorse from Melbourne, Australia. To be honest, this is my first time hearing of that band, but anything that involves Batillus is guaranteed to catch my attention. The LP is now available for purchase from the Bis Auf’s Messer webstore, or you can pick up a copy directly from the two bands when they head out on tour together next month (see a full list of dates later in this post). The first 100 copies will be on a limited-edition white vinyl; all the rest will be available in standard black.
However, the two tracks from the Batillus side of the record can be downloaded for free (or whatever price you choose to pay) from their Bandcamp page –
Hey. You should already know this, because you should already be reading the No Clean Singing blog. But in the event that for some reason you missed this, yesterday morning they published a list that I threw together, summing up some of the top new releases of the past year. The list represents my eleven favorite albums that I heard, that were released in 2011 by bands I had never heard prior to last year. I also chose to exclude albums I had already written about here at the Valley blog, because I didn’t want to bore you by just rehashing the same thing over and over again. I hope you enjoy the list, or at least find something there you might not have heard before. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, either here or there.
[W]e could have emailed you Friday about this awesomeness, but honestly we were too busy sleeping in…
So begins the announcement sent out by Seventh Rule Recordings last night. The Chicago-based underground label then wastes no time getting to the meat of their message:
We figure that every year, all businesses try to grab every bit of money you have in your wallet. This year we wanted no part in that, in fact we just wanted to make it so you could enjoy Seventh Rule releases without spending any money at all. This is our thanks to you, our friends and supporters.
That’s right, well over a dozen albums full of high-quality stoner/sludge/doom/ambient/whatever metal are now yours for the taking, absolutely free of charge! The only catch is, this appears to be a today-only offer, so get on it ASAP!
Seventh Rule official website is here, but to jump straight to the download section, you’ll want to visit their Bandcamp page here.
If you find the vast list of free downloads overwhelming, fear not! Here are some suggestions that I’ve had in my personal library for quite some time, and which come highly recommended by yours truly: