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BATTLESTATIONS is a new band hailing from Brussels, Belgium. They currently have one album (out June 2011), consisting of material developed between 2009 and 2011.

BATTLESTATIONS play a very eclectic and original music that could be called atmospheric rock for convenience purposes. Space rock sonic-scapes create a playground for ambiental / industrial-ambient explorations, beautiful piano lines, eerie spoken samples or noises, sensible guitar playing that reminds of Robert Fripp and Steve Hackett, and even orchestral/chamber music hints. The moods developed in the process are always warm and melancholic, conveying a particular sense of redeeming aesthetic beauty.

Some of the bands and artists that could be referenced to pin down a few of the music's many facets are PINK FLOYD, FRIPP & ENO, MIKE OLDFIELD, SIGUR ROS, ALCEST, ANATHEMA or early PORCUPINE TREE. Progressive electronic, shoegaze and post-rock are genres touched in passing, but overall BATTLESTATIONS do not sound like any of them and have rather created a category of their own.

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3.73 | 18 ratings
Battlestations
2011
3.99 | 115 ratings
In A Cold Embrace
2012

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Return / Mr. Abject
2011
4.24 | 6 ratings
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2013

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 The Death Of The Day by BATTLESTATIONS album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.24 | 6 ratings

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The Death Of The Day
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars Battlestations is one of the best post-rock bands I've discovered in the last two years, their two studio albums are wonderful, well crafted, with long songs that caught my attention in every single minute and made me feel a lot of things, that's why I have recommended them to my friends, and that's also why I was happy when I saw they released a new EP. This is a 30-minute EP entitled "The Death of the Day", which contains 3 songs, being the first one the longest, and the one that shows the path of Battlestation's style. Curious to see a band from Belgium making this kind of music, but believe me, they are terrific.

The first one is the longest, covering half the EP's length, its name is "Dawn Of A Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There's Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We're Still Here | Fractured", a track that I am sure you will easily remember due to its exquisite sound; here the band shows they are no longer beginners, they are musicians that can reach the highest post-rock standards, a band that is not praised as one of the best of the genre, but I dare say they are one of the top nowadays, you can tell it by their compositions, their well- crafted passages, the arrangements they implement in each part, and of course, the emotion needed they bring.

What I love the most (and ironically hate), is that the song finishes sooo quickly in spite its length, meaning I truly enjoy it and want to have more of it. The atmosphere might be somber, but it shows peace and calm, I like how it is divided in passages and how each of them has something to tell, I love the guitar game (both, acoustic and electric) and the soft electronic effects they implement. This song is like a short story divided in 5 fragments, my recommendation is to close your eyes and let the music do the rest, you will be transported to another place, I assure you.

"Scar|Breakdown" is the following track. It starts even more somber than the first one, the ambient might be a bit obscure in the first seconds, but later with the addition of guitars seems there is hope, the light is coming out little by little until the dark days are far behind. The drumming are always on good time, in the right place and right moment, the keyboards nuances let us feel things, feel like we are flying, relaxing our souls and thinking in the future. Every person has a different lecture of the music, it provokes endless things, but with me it really successes due to how well crafted the compositions are, and how the passages and its emotions appear just when they have to.

Finally, "Vise|Release" which is, as you can imagine, the shorter track. In spite of its short six minutes, it is a well composed track in which at first I felt like a robot in space, the tension and nervousness are present here, so hold tight and be prepared for the next. After two minutes new sounds are added, but the tension finishes, now the calm appears. You can now smile, feel free, you can let your spirit fly, you will have a smile on your face and a sense of satisfaction in the final three minutes of this song. This is a great way to finish this wonderful EP.

Since I listened to their two full-length albums I knew I would feel something for this band, now I can say they have touched me a lot, and I consider them to be monsters of the current post-rock scene, they have everything I could ask. This EP is wonderful, almost perfect, though I still prefer their "In A Cold Embrace", I can highly recommend this one, which is free to download, by the way. My final grade will be 4.5 stars, but it will stay at 4.

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4.24 | 6 ratings

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The Death Of The Day
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by pianoman

5 stars The Death Of The Day - (2013) *****

This is the best, the darkest, the most graceful, the most emotional, and even the most complete Battlestations record yet despite it's play time. By taking the best of the sonic textures that made A Cold Embrace so brilliant and condensing them into just under 30 minutes, The Death Of The Day is a masterful EP.

The sound, melody, and texture here does not deviate too far from where In A Cold Embrace left us, but if the previous release was the sound of the apocalypse by day, than this is the sound of the apocalypse by night. While keyboards and other electronics have never been a stranger to Battlestations music in the past, they have never made such a strong appearance as they do in The Death Of The Day. Imagine the pacing and overall feel of Slow Riot For Zero Canada by GY!BE mixed with some of the soundscapes, ambience, and occasional sequencing from Tangerine Dream's Rubycon.

The first track Dawn Of A Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There's Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We're Still Here | Fractured is, in my opinion the best track the band has created so far. While it is segmented wildly into different sections like the tracks on the debut record, the flow and pacing here is much more mature and done masterfully. Each section reaches an emotional peak that outdoes the previous, a skill that many post rock bands cannot do. The guitar melodies here made the hairs stand up on my arms, and as the track came to it's piano/strings finale, I had to pause the album for a moment of solace; after 13 minutes of darkness and onslaught, Battlestations leaves us with a gleam of melancholic hope.

Scar | Breakdown is a scattered track, like fragments of an old reel of tape. It rolls along in its ambience and drones in the first half over some very nice jazzy brushes on the drums. This track is a wonderful juxtaposition to the first track. While Dawn Of A Forgotten feels like it had a definite destination, Scar | Breakdown feels like it's exploring the war torn landscape in which it was born. The second section Breakdown sounds exactly the way it needs to: the controlled chaos and fragments of the first part disintegrates into this soup of guitars, electronics, bells/chimes, strings, and percussion. The track slowly fizzles out without a definite feeling of closure...but...

Vise | Release gives us the satisfaction. It's the best way a Battlestations album has ended yet. The previous releases felt like they just stopped without a feeling of total completion. Vise | Release is perfectly named: Vise builds ominous tension with so many unsettling textures, volume swells, psychedelic guitars. The sound finally frees the listener from the dissonance and returns to a grand, beautiful strings/guitar melody ("the dust finally settles, the sun finally rises"). It almost feels as if it's the spiritual successor to the ending of the first track, but there is no darkness here, only joy and satisfaction.

In conclusion The Death Of The Day is an extremely fresh addition to the post-rock/electronic genre. This is definitely an exciting release to say the least, and I cannot wait to hear what the minds behind this band create next.

***** tracks: The first track Dawn Of A Forgotten | The Adverse Reaction | There's Only So Much You Can Hear In A Sigh | While We're Still Here | Fractured, Vise | Release

**** tracks: Scar | Breakdown

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 In A Cold Embrace by BATTLESTATIONS album cover Studio Album, 2012
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In A Cold Embrace
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Warthur
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4 stars It's amazing how a few mild changes in instrumentation and texture can be transformative. Battlestations breathe vivid new life into the post-rock subgenre by making greater use of keyboards and synthesisers than many predecessors in the field, with a delicate production that invests these instruments with a rich, lush sound, and by applying this to standard post- rock compositional conventions they end up producing a sound which is at once familiar and enticing to post-rock listeners (and those who like the idea of post-rock but don't like how it's often executed) whilst at the same time being quite original. Far from being as monochrome as its cover art, In a Cold Embrace offers a diverse range of moods and shows Battlestations to be a name to watch in post-rock.

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Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

3 stars The debut album from this Belgian act whose members are unknown. Recorded at night between 2009 and 2011, unlike the followup In A Cold Embrace this one features a lot of sampled talking. The only voice I recognize is that of Noam Chomsky. His voice and all other human speech sampled on the album has been speed altered to add to the already ominous and moody nature of the music. This self-titled debut is almost completely instrumental but there sounds like some distant female vocals in places. There are only three tracks here which are further divided into other sections. The subject matter of the sampled voices concerns modern day life and the struggle through it; generally pessimistic and conspiratorial in nature. However, the music itself rarely gets too dark and bleak sounding.

Two of the tracks are almost 19 minutes long. The first is "Segment 1: No Survivors" which has 10 different sections. This begins mellow with guitar, cymbals and a bit of synth before the sampled talking enters the scene. When the bass guitar appears everything is more dark and ominous sounding. Eventually some lush New Age-y synths appear, leading to an uplifting melody that almost has a New Wave vibe to it. Drumming during this section but I think they use electronic drums and/or programmed drumming. Almost a duet (triet?) between piano, bass and acoustic guitar at one point.

"Segment 2: The Taste Of The Kill" is divided into only 2 sections, being the shortest track. It opens with some call-and-response between two echoed guitars. As a drum thud repeats the music builds up with violins and guitar chords. You hear a speed altered crowd chanting "stop police violence" before the music turns dark ambient. "Segment 3: Accidents Of Ideals" has 5 sections to it. It slowly builds up to a section with some barely audible female vocals singing what I assume are wordless sounds. This track seems to drag on in places compared to the previous two. Compared to this, In A Cold Embrace seems more consistent although it takes more listens to sink in. Overall a well recorded and good sounding album, contains different moods and instrumentation but the music sometimes is not sure where it wants to go. Good but not essential. 3 stars.

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In A Cold Embrace
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TechnicallySpeaking

4 stars First of all, I must say that I love bands from Belgium; my favorite being Quantum Fantay. For some reason some of the best modern space rock comes from this small European Nation. I consider this release Post Rock with a Heavy Space Rock influence. For some background, I really only like a narrow spectrum of post rock that includes Sunlight Ascending, Sigur Ros, Talk Talk, Until Sunrise, Explosions in the Sky and a hand full of others; pretty much the ones that cross over to the progressive spectrum and Battlestations falls squarely into that category for me . There is a Tangerine Dream quality to this music. And I grew up with Tangerine Dream as my favorite space rock band; so the reason why I really like this release. So let's get down to the songs now.

Prologue : Nature morte - You're not welcome here - opens the CD and is appealing from the very beginning. The opening ambiance sets an ominous tone of helplessness and despair. The introduction yields to a marching beat taking us ever closer to the mood of suspense. That suspense flows into a rock solid climax with a jazz element and stable hook that I really like. Comrade - The way we grieve ? continues the theme of the first track giving the listener a sense of hope that builds and continues into the next track.

Interlude : Time stands still ? has an epic opening with a reverse symphonic orchestra. It pulls the listening into a time lapse reminiscent of the tracks name.

Breaking bad news - The faces we remember- this song seems to have little direction or structure, but at the same time has some beautiful movements.

The semblance of fate -Epilogue : Citizen creep - The end - This might be my favorite track as it has that strong Tangerine Dream sound; painting distant landscapes, futuristic scenes and alternate realities, but concludes with a sense of solid in-this-world grounding..

The music is talented and unique, and ties together the sounds of the 70s space rock with the contemporary progressive metal of 2012 with a nice layer of post rock. At times the ambiance drags on a little too long without substantive structure or changes for my taste. However, overall, it is a fine release for a second album from a relatively unknown band. I have not seen any live material from the band. It would be interesting to see if that can reproduce the material in a live setting. In any case, give this a 3.5, and round up to a four. 4 Stars

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3.99 | 115 ratings

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In A Cold Embrace
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
Special Collaborator Symphonic Prog Specialist

4 stars When I read the words Post Rock/Math Rock, it's normally my cue to avoid that album, but in this case I received a message from the guys from BATTLESTATIONS and after checking the positive reviews by people who share my taste, answered them and accepted the album and offered an honest review and rating (from 1 to 5 stars as usual), but incredibly, I enjoyed the dark acoustic atmospheres created by this Belgian guys who refuse to give their real names.

I love a band that can transmit strong feelings, so the claustrophobic and full of desperation opener Prologue : Nature Morte // You're not Welcome Were,captured me from the first second. Somebody described the song as "a long introduction for a song that never happens ", I agree with him, but that's precisely the reason why I enjoyed it so much, being that suspense uis the key element of a good album, it's easy to make a dark intro and explode in a burst of sounds to make everybody happy, but this guys have enough talent to prepare the listener for something that never occurs, but still keep the interest of the audience, being that the performances (specially the acoustic guitar) are incredibly beautiful. A great start for a great album.

If the first track was very soft and oriented towards Ambient, Comrade // The Way We Grieve is much more aggressive, with a strong and constant percussion and bass and a subtle guitar work plus mysterious choirs is delightful. The constant dissonance enriches the musical experience. As the track advances it goes in crescendo somehow reminiscent of Tubular Bells but never explodes, it's like a controlled and addictive chaos, simply brilliant.

Interlude : Time Stands Still is a really weird track, with a haunting organ and the engineer playing with the volume, I was at the edge of the seat all along the track with a creepy feeling of being trapped in the middle of nowhere.

Breaking Bad News // The Faces We Remember is like a very long introduction where the band experiments with cadences, and explores the possibilities that the different instruments provide them, the Mellotron choirs are extremely haunting and frightening, spectacular, specially when blending some soft jazzy elements.

The guys of BATTLESATION kept the best for the grand finale, The Semblance of Fate // Epilogue : Citizen Creep // The End is amazing and has everything a Prog fans loves, from melodic piano sections to obscure creepy passages and a couple experimental moments with strange sounds a short heavy rocking instant and a lot of drama?Pay special attention to the drumming and the acoustic guitar, both are out of this world.

Until today I haven't reviewed a single Post Rock/Math Rock album, simply because I don't care for the style, but In a Cold Embrace has impressed me, to the point that I'll rate my first album of this sub-genre with four solid stars that should be 4.5 if the system allowed it.

Almost forgot to mention the booklet, which is extremely beautiful and melancholic, the sepia pictures hava some kind of magic that compares with nothing.

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Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by zravkapt
Special Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars This was an album I was skeptical of reviewing due to the fact that it was a new release getting a lot of 5 star reviews. That to me either means it's the greatest album ever or people are way too liberal with their 'masterpiece' ratings. In my experience, if I bought a highly rated new release on PA I ended up disappointed; I felt my money would have been better spent on crack cocaine. This second album from this Belgian group(the number and identity of the members apparently unknown) was a grower for me. This generally is not my favourite kind of 'post-rock' but it is very good for what it is. There are elements of ambient, dark ambient, shoegaze, space rock and electronic music...not typical post-rock but in reality there is no such thing.

To make comparisons, the music here sounds like a vocal-less Sigur Ros (but less optimistic sounding) mixed with GYBE (but less bleak and dark sounding). Sometimes it sounds like film soundtrack music, specifically a sci-fi or horror flick. Unlike the first album there is few vocal samples here (which the first one had lots of). Both albums were recorded at night (they most likely have day jobs) over a span of years. In A Cold Embrace opens with "Prologue: Nature morte / / You're not welcome here" where a looped something (keyboard?) lays the groundwork for instruments to join on top, mostly acoustic guitar and an electronic drum pattern. The loop goes away and everything turns more dreamy sounding. Some cinematic synth sequences replace the electronic drum pattern. Acoustic guitar dominates for awhile. Distorted guitar strums away in the background before what I assume is 'real' drums enter the picture.

"Comrade // The way we grieve" begins with soundscapes by a guitar I'm guessing before a very GYBE-like guitar figure appears and leads the other instruments into a GYBE style crescendo. Unlike GYBE, I don't think these guys use any strings or brass instruments. It sounds like electronic drums are used but it may just be the way the drumkit was mixed. Everything dies down and then we get some acoustic guitar over ambient soundscapes. A little bit of keyboards and some subdued, almost Fripp-like guitar playing join in. "Interlude: Time stands still" being the interlude is of course the shortest track. Some cinematic sounding synths, some of them looped, along with some fuzzed guitar playing almost random notes.

I like the beginning of "Breaking bad news // The faces we remember"-very post-rock sounding. Echoey and reverby guitars and keyboards(?) play single notes which form a long, stretched out melody. The background cinematic soundscapes become louder and more dominant as the acoustic guitars get looser and more improvised before returning to the single notes. All of a sudden everything gets more brighter as the music turns into some kind of electronic ambient. Sounds like altered choir sounds but that could just be a keyboard. Full band comes in and does an ambient groove. Just more single notes till the end.

"The semblance of fate // Epilogue: Citizen Creep // The end" opens with soundscapes and some slightly altered piano. The bass has a nice deep tone here. This part reminds me of something else but I can't quite put my finger on it. Just soundscapes and altered talking (to the point where you can't understand what's being said) for awhile. Very gently goes into some kind of Krautrock/post-punk/alternative vibe. I'm almost convinced they only use electronic percussion at this point. The music gets more post-y sounding. Some cinematic soundscapes and guitars before it goes cinematic dark ambient with more altered talking. A drone leads to echoed guitar chords and more soundscapes before ending the album.

I actually don't like the way the album ends too much; the first few times I listened to the album I thought: "why the silence? oh, it's over." Instead of just abruptly ending(another thing I don't like), everything just sort of fizzles out. Otherwise this is a very good effort. It has a great sound to it and the playing is good for what the music requires. Recommended to those who enjoy the more easy-going yet cinematic and atmospheric end of post-rock. My final verdict will be a 3.5 rounded up to 4 stars.

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In A Cold Embrace
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars The black and white cover - as well as the similarily dark and sad photography inside - makes one expect something much harsher and disturbing music, metal perhaps. But thank god (since I'm not a metal fan!), that's not the case with Battlestations, a new band from Brussels, Belgium, whose line-up chooses to remain unnamed. The music speaks for itself.

First, it's not music to be easily categorized. I'm very satisfied with the choice of Post Rock though. This instrumental and abstract-natured music has some similarities with SIGUR ROS for example, without sounding the same at all. Battlestation has found a voice of their own. Other connotations I got are linked to the term Dream Pop, COCTEAU TWINS and the PA addition DEAD CAN DANCE, with one notable difference: as Sigur Ros, also these bands have vocals (Elisabeth Frazer and Lisa Gerrard, respectively) as an important part of the overall sound even if recognizable lyrics and song-form are less used. The total absence of vocals helps Battlestations to avoid many comparisons.

Also I felt this music to be very cinematic, in a way that your own imagination can paint scenes. And I believe the musicians have attempted to receive this effect, leaving all the explaining, informative words out of the package (except that the music's recorded at night-time). Even the title tracks leave a lot of space and openness. 'You're Not Welcome Here', The Way We Grieve', The Faces We Remember', 'The Semblance of Fate', etc. If this was a film, it would be very artistic and atmospheric with minimal dialogue, emphasizing on (sad) emotions. Maybe some conflict on the background that costs lives. But the major difference with film music is that here we have long tracks whereas film music usually has short segments.

Another term that must be mentioned is Dark Ambient. The mood is somber but not disturbing or aggressive. There's surely beauty in this music. The sound is very organic, the separate instruments are usually not getting a visible role. Often this kind of instrumental ambient music is done by a sole musician (such as Robert Rich, Roger Eno, Harold Budd or Vangelis) and it would be interesting to know the exact line-up here. If this music is done in a collective way as a band, they have a wonderful spiritual unity! Easily worth 4 stars, almost five from me too.

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In A Cold Embrace
Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Epignosis
Special Collaborator Eclectic Prog Team

4 stars As ambient music goes, this is a haunting, beautiful, and altogether admirable quintet of pieces. Without ever becoming intense or forceful, they ebb and flow, swirl and stay. In a Cold Embrace is, however, an album of music that loses its listener throughout; it is excellent while engaging in some other experience (like writing fiction).

"Prologue : Nature morte // You're not welcome here" In a Cold Embrace begins with a disquieting rumble , like some nefarious creature of the deep waiting to emerge. Yet this beast is not so wicked, as the music settles into a smooth, chilled passage of sound. Leaving the terrain of traditional post-rock, the prologue moves through psychedelic textures. Much of it is like the quiet middle section of Yes' "Awaken."

"Comrade // The way we grieve" It's easy to get lost in the soft, graceful, yet icy scenery this second piece paints.

"Interlude : Time stands still" This is indeed an interlude, a terse piece of cinematic, synthetic tones.

"Breaking bad news // The faces we remember" In keeping with the overall mood of the album, a somber and meditative passage provides soft, clean guitars and low keyboard backing.

"The semblance of fate // Epilogue : Citizen creep // The end" Distant piano and electric guitar swirl around dominant bass notes. Like a lighted hearth on a winter evening, there is a warming sensation that emanates from the middle of this piece. In the end, it reverts back to the glacial and secluded bitterness, finishing with a tranquil piano that sounds like the graceful acceptance of dying.

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Battlestations Post Rock/Math rock

Review by kole

5 stars In a cold embrace. The title of the new album of the post-rock innovation called Battlestations is screaming darkness, melancholy and, since we know Battlestations, musical experimentation. The band's self-titled album took the whole post-rock scene by surprise with its uncliché and untypical genre fusion into their post-rock whole, full of chaotic dissonance and anti-melodies. The second band's recording, an EP called Return / Mr. Abject, represents a bridge between the chaos of the first album and the more wholesome concept of the new album, In a Cold Embrace.

The members of Battlestations are still unknown. With this move the band shifts the focus from the individuals and their potential fame to their music. The Belgians without a face reflect their mystic-selves through their music, but they reflect through it much more than only that ? their music is still something that cannot be identified, that can be known as such, something that is so fresh and new that you can't really put a finger on it.

In a Cold Embrace is divided into five parts - »Prologue : Nature morte // You're not welcome here«, »Comrade // The way we grieve, Interlude : Time stands still«, »Breaking bad news // The faces we remember«, »The semblance of fate // Epilogue : Citizen creep // The end« - but, like its debut predecessor, works fluent as a whole, like one composition. It would be therefore pointless to indulge into describing each of the five tracks as a separate part of the album.

The album itself is, despite its diversity, fluent through and through. It's not only connected in some kind of a musical story, the thing that connects it goes deeper than that. I would be difficult to simply say that the whole album is made in a similar fashion, because it's too dynamic, too diverse to say something like that. The fabric that connects the music on the album is rooted so deep that it transcends your usual conceptual albums. The somewhat chaotic minimalism is always around, and this is tied in a larger concept of psychedelic and post-rock sound, influenced by such different genres as classical music and electronic music. Battlestations' music simply takes its material from so many musical genres that seem to be completely unrelated and unmergeable, which makes the job harder for the music critic. Therefore I can only rely myself on my feelings when I listen to the music and trust the word associations that pop-up upon hearing the band's work.

It is obvious for In a Cold Embrace to be an album that really plays on the listener's emotions. The whole musical construct has such a huge influence because of this suppressed dynamics and really unusual and diverse compositions that leave the listener at least uncomfortable upon hearing a certain part. There are many unexpected musical turn-outs that really attract the listener's attention. But the most intriguing are these little pieces of the musical fabric that stand out. These little details are practically infinite, but they are connected in such a way that they result in an ambient music par excellence. Because ambiance is what Battlestations are all about. They take the seemingly ugliest and noisiest and combine them into a whispering beauty of a post-rock minimalism.

In a Cold Embrace is another Battlestations album that is going to sweep you off your feet. Their ability to compose the uncomposeable, to put passivity into a rhythm and to make a noise sound like a whisper is beyond this world. But the most surprising thing is that there are no obvious band influences, nothing to reference. Battlestations stand alone in their music. They are the future of this era of innovation, of possibilities, of musical discoveries. They are everything that is right in today's music scene.

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