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    Posted: November 14 2007 at 19:57
Finally! Battles has been added to Progarchives under the Heavy Prog genre.

In case some of you don't know about them they're a math rock band that plays with inhuman precision. They're very minimalistic, have strong Discipline-era King Crimson influences as well as some Krautrock and Electronica. Aside from being labeled as a math rock band, they've been also labeled as Dance Prog (note: not a real genre, but very descriptive of their sound). The music is very accessible, but complex at the same time.

So I'm here to recommend this band to people who haven't checked them out yet and also discus about their music for the ones who already know about them.


Here are some samples for those who don't know them:
Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/battlestheband
Full 1-hour concert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PbYLafK1OU
Atlas video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpGp-22t0lU
Tonto video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LLAN29W-4w
Tras live video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7W2zMmbB2E (the most quickly rewarding song for prog fans)
Reviews: http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/battles/mirrored/


Check out one of this year's most innovative band in the field of Progressive Rock! Big%20smile



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:12
I was wondering when they'd be added.  I saw a YouTube video of them and immediately searched ProgArchives for them.  I was astounded that they weren't on the site.  Good to see another fresh, innovative group on the site.  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:15
I watched the youtube video ... not sure what to think of them actually I do know what to think of them what I say is another thing Stern%20Smile

BTW is this thread in the correct section ? 

Edited by Yorkie X - November 14 2007 at 20:20
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:16
this is a great addtion.... I watched that hour long youtube clip last week and while it isn't exactly my kind of prog... it was damn good enough to keep my attention.  Past midnight if I remember right.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:21
Thanks for the replies guys. Keep them coming!

Originally posted by Yorkie X Yorkie X wrote:

I watched the youtube video ... not sure what to think of them Stern%20Smile

BTW is this thread in the correct section ? 

Tell me what you think about them. What did you or didn't you liked?

BTW, the thread is for recommending and discussing the band so its 50/50.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:27
HAhaha I remember watching that video a while ago, these guys are crazy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:29
what I liked ... innovative they seem to be good muso's  noticed that one of the keyboard players can play keys and a guitar together at the same time ..  look  maybe the youtube vid is poorly mixed and the audio quality suffers for this ..  I`ll need to check out the other samples I think before I say anymore  I never have been into experimental heavy type  stuff much anyway  so I`m probably not the guy to judge  ... 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:30
Originally posted by ProgBagel ProgBagel wrote:

HAhaha I remember watching that video a while ago, these guys are crazy.


that they are LOL ..... I am screening a band right now or else I'd be watching that clip again.  Clap


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:32
I must admit on hearing a couple of tunes I thought Blah! overhyped derivative mush, what on Earth are they doing on such a fine label as Warp? Then I heard Atlas - 'kin excellent - that is the business - I'll have more of that. Approve I need to watch the video to see how much more of them I like and how much leaves me unmoved.




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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:34
Originally posted by Yorkie X Yorkie X wrote:

what I liked ... innovative they seem to be good muso's  noticed that one of the keyboard players can play keys and a guitar together at the same time ..  look  maybe the youtube vid is poorly mixed and the audio quality suffers for this ..  I`ll need to check out the other samples I think before I say anymore  I never have been into experimental heavy type  stuff much anyway  so I`m probably not the guy to judge  ... 


not my style either... but even if it doesn't 'hit' you.. you can really see those guys have their sh*t wired tight and,  as you say,  are good musicans. Plus  the music is pretty interesting.  Like I said.. enough to keep me interested  for the length of a first listen/watch.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:36
Great addition - love their music!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:39
Originally posted by darqdean darqdean wrote:

I must admit on hearing a couple of tunes I thought Blah! overhyped derivative mush, what on Earth are they doing on such a fine label as Warp? Then I heard Atlas - 'kin excellent - that is the business - I'll have more of that. Approve I need to watch the video to see how much more of them I like and how much leaves me unmoved.


I thought the same the first time I heard them and I felt the same as well when I listened to the full album, but when I saw that 1-hour concert I was literally stunned. I never thought that the music was that complex and the energy the band lacks in the album is perfectly illustrated in the concert (specially the drummer Heart). I never thought the same about them ever since and know they're literally my favorite band of 2007!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 20:39
Wow! Battles are the great, they have the most exciting new sound that I have heard in a long time. I like the fact that they play a totally different kind of music they arn't mathrock at all anymore they are somthing more
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:04
Why did the thread got changed?Ermm It's a recommendation AND discussion thread...

Originally posted by Proletariat Proletariat wrote:

Wow! Battles are the great, they have the most exciting new sound that I have heard in a long time. I like the fact that they play a totally different kind of music they arn't mathrock at all anymore they are somthing more

I definitely agree with you here. They're being labeled as math rock, but they don't sound like any math rock band I've heard of. In fact, they sound like any band I've heard before!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:11
I've only seen and heard one track on Jools Holland's show last week and that track was excellent (I cannot for the life of me remember what track it was though).  I'll certainly check them out further.

By the way, one of the guitarists is also a member of Don Caballero.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:13
Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

Why did the thread got changed?Ermm It's a recommendation AND discussion thread...



LOL  we'll keep it active for you Ruben
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:18
The song's called Atlas. I posted the music video if you're interested. The Tonto music video is great as well.

And yes, Ian Williams was the ex-guitarist of Don Caballero. The other guitarist, Tyondai Braxton is the son of Avant-garde Jazz musician Anthony Braxton!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:21
Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

Originally posted by chamberry chamberry wrote:

Why did the thread got changed?Ermm It's a recommendation AND discussion thread...



LOL  we'll keep it active for you Ruben

Aww. You'll do that for me?Embarrassed LOL Wink


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:21
Not really doing much for me so far.  I am hearing some Les Claypool-type vibes however. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 14 2007 at 21:47
This thread title was disappointingly misleading. I thought the DT haters finally invented digital torches and pitchforks.
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