Battle Trance is making critical waves. Their list of critics' picks, top-10 lists, year-end favourites, and other accolades is impressive and ever growing. Here are just a few.
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"Ranging from deep drones to slippery modal progressions, from raging crescendos to stated moments of near-silence, it will leave you elated and exhausted in equal measure."
"This is a fierce piece, and one that demands attention."
"passages of incredible, transporting beauty that will make your spirit soar, and when the album’s over, you’ll feel like you’re awakening from a week-long nap."
"These artists didn’t just make staggering music; they created a new repertoire of sounds, tools that hinted at the shared space between sweat and metal."
"...elements of jazz, classical, chamber music and even metal (an obsession of Laplante’s) are inflected in Battle Trance’s aesthetics but ultimately it’s an unclassifiable beautiful noise."
"the techniques are more complex, the endurance needed greater, and the pieces themselves seem to reach even further into the ecstatic sound-world that the previous recording tapped into."
"And though tenor saxophonist Travis Laplante is a relatively fresh face in the avant-jazz scene, albums like Blade of Love prove he’ll achieve Zorn-like status as his career progresses."
"with Blade of Love, these sons of bitches have gone and upped the game yet again."
"fully notated concert-length works, which unfold like thrilling journeys that travel through spiky counterpoint, extended techniques, hair-raising firepower, and meditative serenity."