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Battlestations

[21st August 2013]
[Self-release]

01. Dawn Of A Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There’s Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We’re Still Here | Fractured
02. Scar | Breakdown
03. Vise | Release

 
 
 
 
 
 


Hailing from Brussels, Belgium, the band Battlestations play a style of music that could loosely be given the term post-rock, but is something far more progressive than that; it could be almost described as a dream/orchestral electronic ambient album. After two albums, a self titled one in 2011 and In a Cold Embrace in 2012, the band have released the EP The Death of the Day in 2013.

The Death of the Day is a very intriguing release, combining vast post-rock song structures with strange electronic soundscapes. The result is a very pleasing album that worms its way into the listeners mind and takes it to somewhere far beyond this plane of reality. The EP is divided into three tracks, each of which seems to be divided in movements. The first track is a 15 minute epic with the mouthful title “Dawn of a Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There’s Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We’re Still Here | Fractured”, which goes trough several moods, from stark and desolate, to haunting and dreamy. It even traverses a dark road, where suddenly unease and fear manifest themselves. The last two minutes are the finest moment of the song, possibly of the whole album, where it lays some seriously melancholic orchestral sounds over a heavy electronic beat.

The EP is only 29 minutes of material, but those 29 minutes feel like a complete full-length album. The Death of the Day is a well rounded release, a wonderful entry into post rock/experimental territory. It could almost be likened to Return To Annihilation, the album released by Locrian earlier this year; stark, longing for life, and just plain odd. The images it conjures are similar, though the album is warmer and more comforting than the Locrian release, but in a malevolent, dystopian sort of way. Occasionally it is also reminiscent of the Tron soundtrack, with its electronics.

Not since the legendary Ulver has any project invoked this sort of composition so well. The keyboards and electronic drums sound excellent, and the guitars, when they show up, are really spacey and relaxed. The songs are long and dreamy, giving the feeling of floating in a bath of lukewarm water in an alternate universe, with just a hint of trepidation gnawing at the back of your mind. This is recommended for those who enjoy more surreal and atmospheric music without the distraction of lyrics to get in the way of slipping away into another world.

Best song: “Dawn of a Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There’s Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We’re Still Here | Fractured”

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