Released just five short days ago, this compilation of various artists represents the third and final instalment of the For the Bats project. It is a truly beautiful idea – invite all the post punk, coldwave, trad goth, Batcave, deathrock, dark cabaret and new wave bands you can rustle up to submit a track preferably not recorded elsewhere, and release a not-for-profit compilation with all proceeds going towards bat preservation, in this case, specifically to The Bat Conservation Trust.
There’s a whopping 25 tracks on here ranging from well-known acts like Paul Gilmartin’s Danse Society, Bloody Dead and Sexy (guest starring Gitane Demone), The Eden House (known for their connections with Fields of the Nephilim and NFD), and New Zealand band Disjecta Membra, probably best known to Australian readers for having the opening track “Cathedral” on the Dark Eyed and Starry They Were Volume 2 compilation (Heartland Records) way back in 1998.
Less well recognised and up-and-coming bands are numerous too, including The Daughters of Bristol, Sounds Like Winter, La Procesion de lo Infinito, The Present Moment and many more I look forward to making further acquaintance with their music.
The Present Moment
The musical styles represented here are diverse and, like any large compilation of various artists, there’s going to be something here for everyone to get into. The inner booklet is beautifully presented and makes it a real shame that the beastie is available only as a digital download, but as the masterminds behind the compilation rightfully observe, a physical offering would cost substantially more, and given the nature of the project, they wish to keep their environmental footprint as small as possible. You may wish to purchase a copy because you love bats, or you may simply wish to hear a whole horde of bands you may not have had the pleasure of hearing before. Regardless, For the Bats III can be yours for the princely sum of $9 USD just by clicking on the link below. It is my understanding that For the Bats Volumes I (2014) and II (2015) are also still available.
1) Lumina – Shinji
2) The City’s Breath – Dystopian Society
3) Butterflies – The Eden House
4) Plastic Night Sky – Bloody Dead and Sexy (Featuring Gitane Demone)
5) Into the Grey – The Danse Society
6) In Your Name – Red Sun Survival
7) Teraz I Jutro – Dogs in Trees
8) Earth Spits Fire – Cliff and Ivy
9) Radiation – Ultraviolence
10) We Have Each Other – This Cold Night
11) Strange – The Death of Analogue
12) Something so Much More – The Daughters of Bristol
13) Ishmael’s Bones – Sounds Like Winter
14) Medeleine! Madelaine! - Disjecta Membra
15) Naturaleza Muetra – La Procesion de lo Infinito
16) World we Have Lost – Soulscape
17) The Dreammaker – Silentport
18) Beautiful Absence – Estetica Noir
19) She Chides – Legion Within
20) Riviere – L’ordre D’heloise
21) Cassandra – Thanlie Nemesis
22) Pure – Paar
23) Circa 1977 – The Ancients
24) Intemperate – The Present Moment
25) Need – Solemn Shapes
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