Beat the Devil's Tattoo

Vagrant Records / Abstract Dragon
Release date
9 Mar 2010
Running length
13 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Beat the Devil's Tattoo 3:45 165,008
2 Conscience Killer 3:45 102,921
3 Bad Blood 5:11 76,570
4 War Machine 3:59 66,761
5 Sweet Feeling 3:27 62,512
6 Evol 5:53 60,206
7 Mama Taught Me Better 4:45 61,417
8 River Styx 3:55 56,351
9 The Toll 3:38 50,918
10 Aya 5:39 50,434
11 Shadow's Keeper 6:12 47,083
12 Long Way Down 4:32 44,847
13 Half-State 10:20 38,302

About this album

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s 2010 album, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, finds the band splitting the difference between the rootsy Americana of 2005’s Howl and the return to fuzzed-out noise rock that was 2007’s Baby 81. Having once again parted ways with original drummer Nick Jago, bassist Robert Levon Been and guitarist Peter Hayes seem to have found a renewed creative spark with replacement drummer Leah Shapiro. Shapiro comes to the fold with strong noise rock credentials, having been a member of the punk-psych N.Y.C.-based Dead Combo and touring with the Raveonettes. With an overall sound that seems inspired by a searing mix of old-timey blues mixed with a hypodermic blast of melodic noise, there is a driving, wild-eyed intensity to many of the tracks on Beat the Devil’s Tattoo. From the opening death-ballad title track and the gospel-meets-Madchester “Conscience Killer,” the stoned robot funk of “War Machine,” and the blissed-out acoustic folk ballad “Sweet Feeling,” BRMC are in top form. But if you’re looking for gutting-jet-engine lift-off, the cosmically epic, sanguine rock anthem “Bad Blood,” with its repeated chorus of “I can see it in your eyes and now it’s gone” is, like the rest of Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, likely to grab you by the throat and leave its mark for some time to come.

Review by Matt Collar

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  • VinnieIcius


    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    If you say this is their worst album you certainly need to listen to it a few more times. It's my favourite album of them actually.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • mozzareIIa

    the last but not the least

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • mozzareIIa


    18 Jan 2012 Reply
  • paul_watts

    Great album! 5/5 quem não gosta é cabaço

    24 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mikecj

    First impression, didn't grab me. But now giving it another go and it's growing on me. Doesn't have the same impact BRMC or Howl had on me, but I'm putting that down to my emotional state at the time those records were released more than the music!

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • solohunt

    the last two songs are great

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • forbidden_drug

    this album is really boring

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • snotasd

    Half-State is the only 10 min song that i like from the start to the end

    30 Jan 2011 Reply
  • tameka25

    if I was a stripper this would be the song I would dance to. But I'm not so don't be hateful people.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • _sweetaya

    this one means a lot to me. it marked the turning point in my life, the end of one period and the beginning of another. <3 this band - great, great band...:)

    23 Sep 2010 Reply
  • MarchOfClouds

    This album is amazing! I don't know how anyone could dislike it. The thing about BRMC is that all of their albums (well, B.R.M.C, TTOOYO, Howl, Baby 81 and BTDT) are all of such impeccable quality that it's almost impossible to distinguish between them. You can't compare them to each other. It just doesn't work that way. I honestly could not tell you which one is the best, and which is the worst. If you think this album sucks, then you're saying every album by BRMC sucks... which is of course, a lie.

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Hanges

    I can't listen to this album very long, it's just so bad in comparison to their masterpieces take them on and brmc

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • About_a_girl21

    WTF! you know what you're talking about? It seems you haven't listened to their album!

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Stereo_Silence

    This is sucks! Their worst album!

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
  • gerxrdo

    yeah! brmc never disappoints!

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • calmal186

    probobly there worst album still ok tho

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • bitelino

    5 Jun 2010 Reply
  • mutiilator

    First listen for me: very hit and miss. Some good tracks and a lot of mediocre ones. Even among the decent ones, nothing really stands out as much as I would've hoped. Gotta give it another couple listens.

    24 Mar 2010 Reply
  • hayzzel

    yeah yeah yeah

    22 Mar 2010 Reply
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