Battlestations

Battlestations“one of those bands that is doing amazing things despite the fact that no one seems to have heard of them… drop whatever it is you are doing and go listen” Scene Point Blank

Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic. Across their eclectic and atmospheric instrumental rock, industrial ambience is counterbalanced by beautiful piano melodies, eerie samples and lyrical guitar lines. The result is incredibly evocative music, complex in both its narratives and textural composition.

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Discography

 

The Extent of Damage


October 2015

Like a high-definition camera roving across a ruined world, The Extent of Damage is both unflinchingly bleak and stirringly beautiful. Akin to Ennio Morricone at his most dark and doleful, and Portishead’s majestic self-titled second record, this music’s atmosphere of urban oppression is leavened with passages of sublime, redemptive beauty. Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic. Across their eclectic and atmospheric instrumental rock, industrial ambience is counterbalanced by beautiful piano melodies, eerie samples and lyrical guitar lines. The result is incredibly evocative music, complex in both its narratives and textural composition.

 

The Death Of The Day


August 2013

Melding elements of post-rock, ambient, industrial and prog, The Death Of The Day further refines Battlestations’ incredibly atmospheric and affecting musical output. The often dramatic shifts in mood are deftly handled, wielding enviable emotional weight.

 

In a Cold Embrace


April 2012

Battlestations’ second full-length is a masterfully crafted tableau, its scale and flow only fully apparent when the last note has faded. In A Cold Embrace is narratively rich music, realising the potential of the album format in a way that so much music misses. This is film as sound.

 

Return / Mr. Abject


December 2011

This 11-minute opus is an exercise in urgency and restraint. Layers of guitars slowly thicken over an insistent beat as an atmosphere of paranoia takes over. As with every Battlestations song ‘Return / Mr. Abject’ has striking narrative detours that add another level of depth to the listening experience.

 

Battlestations


June 2011

Battlestations’ self-titled debut album is such a wonderfully sprawling and complex piece of work that distinguishing individual songs within the whole soon becomes meaningless. Comprising three tracks, two of which are over 18 minutes long, Battlestations presents a shifting instrumental narrative that effortlessly moves between dystopia and hope.

Biography

Little is known about Battlestations other than the basic facts: formed in Brussels, Belgium in 2009; released two albums (Battlestations and In A Cold Embrace) and two EPs (Return/Mr. Abject and The Death Of The Day); collaboration with Joe Dorsey on the Involved project. However, this shroud of anonymity feels fitting when listening to their enigmatic music. It often feels too big to attach to singular identities, and the atmosphere and mystique surrounding the songs suspends them, weightless, into a listening space unmoored from conventional reference points.

News

  • Eat Your Friends: A Hidden Shoal 10th Anniversary Compilation

    Eat Your FriendsHidden Shoal is excited to end the celebration of its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. This freely downloadable album not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists.

    From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.

    Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang  of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.

    Eat Your Friends is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and is also streamable via SoundCloud. Listen and then throw yourself into the wormhole as you explore the originals and more work by the remixers and cover artists.  For all the filmmakers, games designers and others in need of engaging music, don’t forget that all tracks in our catalogue are available for licensing (film, tv, games, compilations etc).

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  • Hidden Shoal is 10!

    Hidden ShoalHidden Shoal is extremely excited to be celebrating its 10th birthday this month. It’s hard to believe that back in May 2006, Perth-based musicians Cam Merton, Stuart Medley and Malcolm Riddoch began Hidden Shoal Recordings as a means to put out releases by local artists. Tim Clarke, based in Melbourne, joined the team in 2007. Hidden Shoal has since gone on to become a much-loved independent label and publisher, releasing over 120 albums from a diverse range of international artists and licensing music from its catalogue across film, tv, web and compilation.

    Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!

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  • “Music is Color for Life” A Battlestations Mixtape

    Battlestations MixtapeTaking some time out after the release of their sublime new album The Extent of Damage, Battlestations sat down and crafted a delicious mixtape for our collective delectation. Not as dark as one might expect but every bit melodic, the mix moves from the likes of Craig Armstrong and New Order to Ulver and Goblin to name but a few. Here’s some thoughts from Battlestations to get you in the mood,

    “Music is color for life. Like a painting, it’s sometimes big, brutal brush strokes that leaves a thick black stain in the soul, at other times feather-light, embracing and soothing tiny pecks of color melting within the soul. In either case, magic. Let these sound canvasses paint your soul.”Battlestations

    “Music is Color for Life” A Mixtape by Battlestations by Hidden Shoal on Mixcloud

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  • Battlestations “The Extent of Damage” Out Now!

    The Extent of DamageThe time has come for you all the be consumed by Battlestations’ sublime new album The Extent of Damage. The album is available now for purchased on CD (limited edition with 12 page booklet) and in digital formats via Battlestations‘ Bandcamp. The music video for the epic 12 minute instrumental ‘Necro’ is also available for streaming on YouTube.

    Like a high-definition camera roving across a ruined world, The Extent of Damage is both unflinchingly bleak and stirringly beautiful. Akin to Ennio Morricone at his most dark and doleful, and Portishead’s majestic self-titled second record, this music’s atmosphere of urban oppression is leavened with passages of sublime, redemptive beauty. Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic. Across their eclectic and atmospheric instrumental rock, industrial ambience is counterbalanced by beautiful piano melodies, eerie samples and lyrical guitar lines. The result is incredibly evocative music, complex in both its narratives and textural composition.

    “one of those bands that is doing amazing things despite the fact that no one seems to have heard of them… drop whatever it is you are doing and go listen”Scene Point Blank

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  • Battlestations ‘Necro’ Music Video

    The Extent of DamageWe’re excited to bring you the first taste of the sublime new Battlestations album The Extent of Damage. The music video for the epic 12 minute instrumental ‘Necro’ is available for streaming on YouTube.

    Like a high-definition camera roving across a ruined world, The Extent of Damage is both unflinchingly bleak and stirringly beautiful. Akin to Ennio Morricone at his most dark and doleful, and Portishead’s majestic self-titled second record, this music’s atmosphere of urban oppression is leavened with passages of sublime, redemptive beauty. Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic. Across their eclectic and atmospheric instrumental rock, industrial ambience is counterbalanced by beautiful piano melodies, eerie samples and lyrical guitar lines. The result is incredibly evocative music, complex in both its narratives and textural composition.

    “one of those bands that is doing amazing things despite the fact that no one seems to have heard of them… drop whatever it is you are doing and go listen”Scene Point Blank

    The Extent of Damage sees official release on the 8th of October and is available now for pre-order.

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  • Battlestations Sign to Hidden Shoal

    BattlestationsHidden Shoal is extremely excited to announce the signing of Belgium-based project Battlestations. All four Battlestations releases join the Hidden Shoal catalogue and are available for licensing (film, TV, games, compilations), plus a new album currently being worked on will also be released through Hidden Shoal.

    Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic. Across their eclectic and atmospheric instrumental rock, industrial ambience is counterbalanced by beautiful piano melodies, eerie samples and lyrical guitar lines. The result is incredibly evocative music, complex in both its narratives and textural composition. Hidden Shoal fans will also know Reivilo Enoignor from Battlestations as one half of the duo Involved, who released their stunning debut album Revolving Maze last year.

    Listen to and purchase Battlestations’ music here and be sure to contact us with any licensing enquiries.

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Reviews

  • Battlestations “The Extent of Damage” Reviewed at Luna Kafe

    “The Extent of Damage is Battlestations’ third album and it was launched a few months ago (in October of last year). As ‘better late than never’ still is a nice motto, here’s Battlestations to you. All hands man your battle stations!

    The Extent of Damage holds five tracks of atmospheric, instrumental music. Except the title track, “The Extent of Damage” (3:55) the rest of the songs are long-stretched compositions. The opening “Necro” is a slow-floating, cinematic piece with several crescendos and decrescendos in it. The music of Battlestations increase and decrease, it builds up and falls down. The dramatic, cinematic themes keeps coming through “The Lies We Share”, “The Great Divide” and “They Sleep While We Burn”, before the more calming, soothing closing track, “The Extent of Damage”. This is highly doom-dramatic soundscapes, and to quote Hidden Shoal: ‘Battlestations interweave the subtle with the dramatic, the intimate with the cinematic, the introverted with the bombastic.’ True words. To tell you the truth, listening through The Extent of Damage is almost too much of the big, soft-flowing drama, but I guess that I’ll return to this music when in need of some deep, dark cinedrama.”

    Luna Kafe

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Licensing

Battlestations music is  available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.

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