News Friday, June 10, 2016 In loving memory of Jerri, founding member and bassist for the Black Dolls, bassist and vocalist for the Hounds of Heaven. Forever in our hearts.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2015
David Slaya Smith has put together a great Christmas compilation record this year titled "Shadow of Night - A Dark Christmas." We're really happy to be included, especially since BATZZ in the belfry had the privilege to collaborate with Skot from Leper on the song "Mary Did You Know" for the occasion.
There are other fantastic Christmas songs on the record by Leper and many other brilliant musicians:
We'd like to thank DJ Marco Rocha for the airplay on his great show, Transmission Lima, on WFKU Radio. Tune in every Tuesday from 10-11pm EST, or catch past shows on MixCloud. You'll hear a ton of great new post punk, gothic rock, techno, death rock, and more.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Merry Christmas, everyone! This year's gothic Christmas compilation record put out by our friend, David "Slaya" Smith, is titled "Ethereal Dreams." The record includes songs from our friends Accolade and Leper, as well as other great songs by Adam London, Atlantica Vox, Anemia, and Epic Church. We're happy to be included too.
You'll find it at Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, and iTunes, and on sale at these sites:
We would like to extend a big "thank you" to longtime friend Chiquinho Nóbrega for the very kind review of our latest album, "Pendulum," at Brazil's theundead.net web zine. If you can't read Portuguese, just plug it in to your favorite translator and check out the wealth of news, interviews, and reviews at theundead.net.
We recently had the pleasure of doing an interview with Diovim Magazine (a Lithuanian metal music and art magazine). The interview can be found in the latest issue (#7). It's a great magazine and we are very grateful to have been included.
If you're interested in getting a copy, contact Diovim Magazine through their Facebook page or email: email@example.com
If you haven't already, check out Mick Mercer's Radio Show. Mick is a subject matter expert for all things goth and post punk, and just an all around good bloke. If nothing else, take a look at the cat photos on his Facebook page, but if you want to hear a great goth radio show, be sure to tune in. Who knows, you may even hear a little BATZZ in the belfry.
We'd like to thank Mr. Moonlight at Erba della Strega Dark Webzine for the very kind review of our new record, "Pendulum." The original review in Italian can be found here. Below is the English translation.
"There are very few groups that manage to combine to perfection gothic rock and shoegaze as BATZZ in the belfry. The San Francisco band, as usual, led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Nelson, released their third full-length record, "Pendulum," in less than four years after the previous release, "Glow in the Dark," dated 2009. The musical style of BATZZ, unique and personal so as to make them recognizable from the first note, is rendered definitively in "Pendulum," the album that completes the group's artistic maturation.
The CD opens quickly with the gothic rock reverb of "Sapphire," with its Middle Eastern intro, and then "Flash Before My Eyes," a driving song reminiscent of Sisters and Paralysed Age. The beginning of the record immediately makes it clear that the musically dark and sad mood of the past work, "Glow in the Dark," is but a distant memory, confirmed with the tracks that follow, "Star in a Dark Sky," "Infinite Black," "A Sleeping Place," and "Cross Over."
Inevitably, in perfect BATZZ in the belfry style, the synth-shoegaze ballad like "Brood" or the two tracks that close the album, "Darkness Comes Quickly" and "The Belfry," give a touch of solemnity to the record without weighing it down.
Meriting noteworthiness are the love song "The Great Ocean," embellished with soft arches and a languid piano, to the angry "Agenda," characterized by continuous rhythm changes, and my favorite, "Power Over Me," in which old school gothic rock takes center stage with sharp, piercing guitar riffs.
Summing up we can state that with "Pendulum," BATZZ in the belfry have reached the highest point of their decade-long career, confirming their place among the most interesting in the U.S. scene."
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Christmas, everyone! If you haven't already, we encourage you to check out the gothic Christmas record put together by our friend David Smith. We're thrilled to be on it along with a bunch of great bands, some old friends, and some new friends. Every track is really great. Hope you enjoy it.
We're happy to announce the release of the fourth BATZZ in the belfry record, titled "Pendulum," out this Thursday, October 17th. It's been a long time in the making. We hope you like it.
Sunday, June 02, 2013
Our thanks go out to Emerson Olaf at CYBER10. We're grateful to be included in the new Dark Nights Volume III gothic compilation. This is a free download of great gothic music from a number of sub-genres (steampunk, gothic rock, and gothic metal). You can hear it on last.fm or download it at MediaFire.
We're especially honored to be on the record alongside our good friends, The Steam Clock, who's song, Excruciating Emptiness, is a true masterpiece. Make sure to check out this awesome band.
For metal fans, take a listen to Emerson's band, Holy Cross, a mixture of medieval ambience metal with elements of epic, symphonic, neo-classical, and gothic metal.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
We'd like to thank The Funeral of Tears magazine for including us in the April issue. Special thanks to Azriel for doing the interview.
For copies, please send an email to Azriel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 07, 2012
Hi everyone ~
We'd like to wish you all an early Merry Christmas. We don't have a new Christmas tune for you this year, but as always, you can download the ones we've recorded in the past.
We're hard at work on a new record, which will hopefully be out sometime next Spring or Summer.
Friday, March 02, 2012
We'd like to thank Azriel at Schatten Projekt for including us in their recent Volume II compilation. Schatten Projekt is offering it as a free download. Click here to go to the download page.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Merry Christmas, everyone! We're happy to share with you our version of an Austrian Christmas song named "Es wird schon gleich dunkel." It's not well known in the U.S. We took the liberty of coming up with our own translation, which is hopefully true to the original, calling it "Darkness Comes Quickly."
Please feel free to download MP3 copies of the new song and our other Christmas covers.
We're participating in the $5 sale at CD Baby. Choose three or more different CDs from the Sales Bin and get each CD for $5. All the BATZZ in the belfry CDs are included, as well as other great music at CD Baby.
While BATZZ in the belfry remains on hiatus, we'd like to recommend Verney 1826. This group has produced a number of great records. The music is a unique blend of ambient, classical, electronic, and gothic styles. Beautiful music and sounds, masterfully written, recorded, and arranged. We encourage you to take a listen to this great band from Berlin.
Two copies of the original wooden tape cassette box of the recent release "Catonium (Archive I)," a split album with Project: N.A., are still available.
We hope you like them as much as we do.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Hi everyone ~
We're on a bit of a hiatus, but want to share with you a song called "G" we did earlier this year with our close friend cLint. cLint's moving lyrics and vocal performance were a perfect fit for us. The song is available on iTunes, Amazon, etc, but you can also take a listen on our Facebook and Myspace pages. We hope you like it!
We have a couple more collaborations planned for 2011, and hopefully some new BATZZ in the belfry music.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Hi everybody ~
Infectious Unease Radio recently released a great 4-CD compilation of various dark music genres: industrial, goth, ambient, darkwave, etc. It's really quite a nice collection of tunes and you will surely find something new you'll enjoy.
You can read Mick Mercer's review here: A big "thank you" to Gordon for putting it together.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
We’re very grateful to Mr. Moonlight from Erba della Strega Dark Webzine and Lux_Atman from Lux Atenea Webzine for their reviews of our new CD, “Glow in the Dark.” Check out the links for the reviews in their native languages (Italian and Spanish). Below are our best efforts to translate them into English.
To familiarize yourself with BATZZ in the belfry, I would refer you to my review of "Sparks Fly Upward," the first album released in 2007 by the American group, which is proceeded by this new full-length album, "Glow in the Dark," released at the end of October.
Nelson's compositional style does not differ much from the past, in an album prominently devoted to atmospheric songs and marginally to guitar-heavy tracks. Listening carefully to "Glow in the Dark" it is apparent that the mood is darker than previous works. The record is melancholy in synth-wave compositions like "Touch the Stars" and "Monochrome," grim in "To the End," and depressed in songs like the final track, "These Hands," that with its combination of sad guitar, mournful keyboards, and restless baritone vocals, is perhaps the darkest track ever from BATZZ in the belfry. It should be pointed out that the San Francisco group is also and above all a gothic rock band, and there is no lack of driving adrenaline goth on the disc, with songs like "Tyranny" and "Testify," while a new BATZZ style is found in the biting guitar reverb in "For the Dead" and "Lost City," that brings to mind the style of Mr. Galvin and his Mephisto Waltz. I conclude by affirming again the dark tone and pessimism that permeates "Glow in the Dark" where the only true light, or "glow," is found in the Christmas song "Still, Still, Still," that is, that faith in God remains the only "glimmer of salvation."
BATZZ in the belfry is the name under which the brilliant musician and composer Nelson presents us his musical proposition in tune with the dark-wave style, through a modern, present, and dark rock. His album “Glow in the Dark” is a record that’s enjoyable from the first to the last song, maintaining a balance between slow and reflective songs and other much more powerful ones, which result in their hearing, a musical experience that urges another listen. With a style for composing songs with premium instrumental and melodic quality, Nelson’s deep voice will take us through gloomy landscapes where the fog and mystery offer that enchantment so fitting of the gothic spirit, and with which we so easily identify ourselves. “Glow in the Dark” is a musical work that will surprise more than one lover of the best dark-wave rock of the 21st century.
The heart of BATZZ in the belfry is Nelson, composer, musician, and vocalist, who, for this album, counted on the collaboration of Rick for the acoustic guitar on the song “Lost City.” In charge of the album design and photography is Araina, with a profoundly dark spiritually-influenced style. With excellent programming for a high quality musical production, “Glow in the Dark” is an album in which the vocals are very well equalized, perfectly integrating bass with other recorded instruments, offering an impressive special sensory sensation. It’s incredible how current technology is allowing musical groups to self-produce their own professional albums.
The recording is perfect and has left me speechless, which is the reason why all the praise will be too little. No distortion, no spatial loss, not even one instrumental overlapping. It’s that not even Nelson’s low voice is at any time drowned out, nor are any instruments. It’s a self-produced effort to which I take off my hat for its excellence. With such a good record like “Glow in the Dark, all that’s needed by BATZZ in the belfry is publicity and more publicity for the public to hear about their musical art, and that one of the better record companies take note of their work.
We begin listening to this album with the neo-classical atmosphere of the song “Nightfall,” an evocative song that’s perfect for initiating this magical entrance to the gothic rock of “For the Dead” in a progressive form. With an essentially sinister musical structure, “For the Dead” is surprising in its musical structure that is so classic in the German groups, and which I love so much. Some sharpened notes and the melodic song “Scarlet” appears, surrounded by a decadent atmosphere where the piano becomes the foundation on which to add pulses by drums that enamor by their radical power and force. A musical structure that, in a gothic rock song, hooks you into one and then another new listen before moving on to the next song. “Pictures” follows, giving continuity to that musical style characterized by furious drums, but here, the voice gains more grace in an outlined interpretation, more defined, more suggestive. “Pictures” is one of the jewels of this album and a song that should be included in the gothic rock set list of a DJ that reviews, of a DJ that enjoys investigating and offering the best new gothic music to their public.
The song “Still, Still, Still” arrives with a calmer tempo, offering us a marvelous musical version based on the Austrian musical tradition of the 19th century. A song which was given a dreamy instrumental aura, finds its perfect setting in the winter. Moving up a level in emotional scale we find “Touch the Stars,” a much more reflective song, more intimate, and which spurs you to close your eyes to feel it with more intensity. Moving on, with the song “Tyranny” we return to intense gothic rock of swelling musical shadows where the voice becomes the focal point in the midst of the grandeur. But instrumentally we return to reclaim the lost terrain in “Monochrome,” a precious delicate song that is like an ice sculpture. “Monochrome” is highlighted by its musical beauty and for being a composition inspired in the contrast between a voice easily associated to the first person, and an instrumental melodic background with sublime atmospheric passages.
“Lost City” is another new musical genius written by Nelson for this album. Listening to this song you’ll feel how the gothic spirit of “Lost City” is vigorously maintained, throwing it inside the thick fog of human thought. With “Testify,” the intense emotion of “Lost City” is maintained, but “Testify” is much more turbulent and much more dramatic in its essence until that passion quiets down in “To the End,” a song that is clearly nocturnal. “To the End” dreams of a contemplated abyss, an illuminated church in the middle of the immensity, an aristocratic tomb opening in the darkness of the night. In the way it closes this brilliant album, the song “These Hands” converts itself into a sentimental goodbye against a darkening horizon, which, little by little, will return to be illuminated.
In the end of this decade, it’s nice to receive promotional albums that so profoundly surprise with cutting edge gothic rock. This 21st century is bringing us impressive musical freshness. If you’re unconditional about the best gothic rock, and love good music, in BATZZ in the belfry you’ll find that new musical group that you’ve been waiting for. “Glow in the Dark,” an album with which Nelson has taken the sinister witness of the best gothic rock inspired in Romanticism. Enjoy!!!