11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buckle your seatbelt for this one: Battles' 2007 debut is a puzzle box of daunting complexity—and it all unfolds at a breakneck pace. While founder Tyondai Braxton's heavily effected vocals do come into play here, Mirrored is largely an instrumental record, but its instruments play like an orchestra of machinery. On tracks like "Atlas" and "Tonto,” John Stanier builds tempos like a malfunctioning drum machine, while the rest of the band switch from frenzied to barely there. This is the sound of rock music happily collapsing in on itself.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buckle your seatbelt for this one: Battles' 2007 debut is a puzzle box of daunting complexity—and it all unfolds at a breakneck pace. While founder Tyondai Braxton's heavily effected vocals do come into play here, Mirrored is largely an instrumental record, but its instruments play like an orchestra of machinery. On tracks like "Atlas" and "Tonto,” John Stanier builds tempos like a malfunctioning drum machine, while the rest of the band switch from frenzied to barely there. This is the sound of rock music happily collapsing in on itself.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

152 Ratings

152 Ratings

Simply amazing.

RedCrake

Simply an amazing album. Gets better with each and every listen. They have crafted something immediate and unique. By the time Race-In ends and Atlas begins its incessant thump, you'll be hooked. One of the best of 2007.

Amazing without question

Jtmix

I got this album a month ago, and I must say, Ive listened to it every single day. Every track is brilliant, and you should get the whole thing to enjoy it! Battles is straight up genius.

Prog Rock 1967-1977, 2007-...

English Opening

After the punk revoulution in 1977, prog was declared dead. Battle's debut album shows otherwise. This is the best prog rock album since Deloused in the Comatorium (hopefully Battles will release a worthier followup than Francis the Mute), and if you don't believe me watch the video for Atlas. This is prog, post-rock, IDM, and fusion all in one. Best album of 2007 so far along with Friend Oppertunity.

About Battles

Crafting challenging yet engaging experimental rock that builds on its members' legacies, Battles features drummer John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress, and guitarist David Konopka of Lynx. Avant solo musician Tyondai Braxton joined the group for its early recordings, including the Tras and EP C EPs, which were both released in June 2004 on Cold Sweat and Monitor, respectively.

The B EP followed on Dim Mak in September 2004. The Atlas EP followed in early 2007, succeeded by the band's proper full-length debut, Mirrored, in May 2007. In 2010, Braxton announced he was leaving the band to pursue his own solo career while the rest of the group set to work as a trio on a new record. The following year, Battles released their second full-length album, Gloss Drop, which featured collaborations with Gary Numan, Blonde Redhead's Kazu Makino, and Matias Aguayo. A remix album, Dross Glop, appeared in 2012. Battles began work on new music early in 2014, this time opting for a completely instrumental approach. The results were 2015's La Di Da Di, described by the band as a "mushrooming monolith of repetition." ~ David Serra

ORIGIN
New York, NY
FORMED
2002

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