Beat the Devil's Tattoo

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Beat the Devil's Tattoo
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Studio album by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Released March 5, 2010 (2010-03-05)
Recorded March–November 2009 The Basement Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Length 65:08
Label Abstract Dragon, Vagrant, (US/Canada) Co-Op (Europe)
Producer Michael Been
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club chronology
The Effects of 333
(2008)The Effects of 3332008
Beat the Devil's Tattoo
Specter at the Feast
(2013)Specter at the Feast2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[3]
FILTER 85/100[4]
NME (4.0/10)[5]
NOW 3/5 Ns[6]
Pitchfork (4.0/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[10]
The Times 3/5 stars[11]

Beat the Devil's Tattoo is the sixth studio album by American rock band Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, released on March 8, 2010 in Europe and on March 9, 2010 in North America. It is the second full-length on the band's own Abstract Dragon label, in partnership with Vagrant Records and Cooperative Music Group.[12] "Conscience Killer" appears in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and also in commercials for Chevrolet.

The title track was featured prominently in the fourth season episode "Chuck Versus the Cubic Z" of the TV show Chuck and in the recently released Need for Speed: The Run. Also in the TV show Human Target episode "A Problem Like Maria".

"Mama Taught Me Better" was used in the soundtrack for the video game NASCAR 2011: The Game and NHL 11.

Most recently, the title track was used by writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait in his 2011 dark comedy film God Bless America. It has also been used in the 2012 film End of Watch and in Where the Trail Ends and "River Styx" was used in the UK TV Series Peaky Blinders (Season Two, Episode Six)

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

No. Title Length
1. "Beat the Devil's Tattoo" 3:47
2. "Conscience Killer" 3:47
3. "Bad Blood" 5:11
4. "War Machine" 3:59
5. "Sweet Feeling" 3:27
6. "Evol" 5:53
7. "Mama Taught Me Better" 4:46
8. "River Styx" 3:55
9. "The Toll" 3:38
10. "Aya" 5:39
11. "Shadow's Keeper" 6:12
12. "Long Way Down" 4:34
13. "Half-State" 10:20



Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak Position
Billboard 200 58
US Alternative Albums 9
US Independent Albums 4
US Rock Albums 14
UK Chart 58


  1. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for Beat The Devil's Tattoo by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club". Metacritic. 2010-03-09. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  2. ^ Collar, Matt. Beat The Devil's Tattoo at AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Gourlay, Dom (March 1, 2010). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat The Devil's Tattoo". Drowned in Sound. 
  4. ^ "Reviews - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club". FILTER Magazine. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  5. ^ MacBain, Hamish (March 12, 2010). "Album Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - 'Beat The Devil's Tattoo'". NME. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-03-26. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Marc (March 10, 2010). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat The Devil's Tattoo". Pitchfork Media. 
  8. ^ Rosen, Jody (March 8, 2010). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat The Devil's Tattoo". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. 
  9. ^ Liedel, Kevin (March 7, 2010). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat The Devil's Tattoo". Slant Magazine. 
  10. ^ Marchese, David. "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: 'Beat The Devil's Tattoo'". Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  11. ^ Burgess, Kaya (March 6, 2010). "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Beat The Devil's Tattoo". The Times. London. 
  12. ^ Album Release and Tour Dates Announced Archived December 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Beat The Devil's Tattoo at Discogs