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|...And the Battle Begun|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 27, 2006|
|Label||Mash Down Babylon|
|Rx Bandits chronology|
...And the Battle Begun is an album by the Rx Bandits. It is the band's first album released by Matt Embree's label Mash Down Babylon. The album was released in stores on October 10, 2006, but was first made available in late June both directly from the band whilst on their 2006 summer tour and online via their website.
The album was originally slated to be released in late 2005 via Drive-Thru Records, but for reasons known only to the band and the label, they decided to part ways, despite the contract stating that one more album was due to the label. The album was eventually pushed back to May 2006 and later to October 2006 due to unspecified issues between the label and band. However, by the summer of 2006, both sides had cleared up any disputes, freeing up the album.
...And The Battle Begun also featured the second and final appearance of saxophone player and backup vocalist Steve Borth, who had been with the band since after the release of Progress and had recorded with the band for The Resignation. Borth, according to the RX Bandits website, left the band to pursue his own musical career, which includes his band Satori. He officially departed the band mid-tour on June 28, 2006, his final performance being in New York City at the Bowery Ballroom the previous day.
The Sacramento News & Review wrote that the album "challenges your ears in the best way possible, with shifting time signatures, wildly varying moods and general chaotic genius. Countless experimental bands mine similar 'anything goes, so long as its good' territory, but rarely has this boundary-pushing been so refreshing."
|2.||"...And the Battle Begun"||4:56|
|3.||"In Her Drawer"||5:11|
|4.||"Only for the Night"||3:47|
|5.||"On a Lonely Screen"||2:44|
|7.||"One Million Miles an Hour, Fast Asleep"||2:54|
|9.||"A Mouth Full of Hollow Threats?"||3:33|
|12.||"To Our Unborn Daughters"||5:14|