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Batillus Staff Pick

When: Wed., Nov. 16, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $7

Call it "blackened doom" or whatever; New York City's Batillus plays something akin to the apocalypse in slow-mo: dirty, sludgy, bleak, utterly destructive. The band's debut album, Furnace, released earlier this year, was also its first with a singer, and his scratchy, ghastly scream suitably complements the plodding, low-end doom. Vocals are the band's most black metal element, save for the blast beats on "Uncreator." Otherwise, Batillus deals in squalls of feedback and leaden riffs, recorded in what sounds like a cavernous, decaying warehouse. Released on the small Chicago label Seventh Rule Recordings, Furnace has spread mostly via word of mouth, and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Catch Batillus on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco) with local psych-sludge trio Prizehog, which has been generating buzz of its own with its recently released full-length, Thought Nest. 9 p.m., tickets at the door only. Elbo.com

— Kathleen Richards

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