I hated this at first; I was expecting them to sound like they always did, what with their previous Kowloon Walled City-ish industrial sludgy doom sound and all…
But once I heard this as if it were from another, new band, it really grew on me.
Concrete Sustain is a big departure for Batillus, but one very well done:
It takes certain aspects of signature sounds from previous releases (i.e., they still sound like they’re playing the same instruments and recording at the same place as before), but they switch up the songwriting in two ways:
One, there are actually some conventional “songs,” in that there are recognizably distinct sections, but two, the type of song has even changed– and of all things more toward an alternative rock bent.
It’s still crushingly heavy, it’s not a softening particularly, but there is definitely some Morrissey or some shit way in the background, influencing this thing.