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Bat (Heavy Metal/Speed Metal/Punk, USA)

Richmond, Virginia metal-punk trio Bat has been delivering their own blood-spattered horror since ascending from the underground a decade ago on a dark, leather-winged trajectory. The brainchild of Municipal Waste guitarists Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos, Bat leans heavily on the dirtier side of speed metal. On May 17th, 2024, the band welcomes the release of their second full-length album »Under The Crooked Claw« via Nuclear Blast Records.

Bat’s Ryan Waste states, “After working the last 14 years with Nuclear Blast we’ve become family at this point. There was no question in my mind to bring Bat under their wing when the time was right. We’re thrilled to join forces and plan to push it even harder with the support of the label. You can expect more touring worldwide, along with new music and visuals as early as this March 2024. Until then, stay heavy and beware of the Bat!”

Jam-packed with tight, concise songs loaded with punchy choruses and lightning-laced leads, each of the 13 tracks offers a new horror short story mixing the perfect blend of heavy metal, punk, and rock ‘n’ roll or as Waste coins it “primitive heavy speed”.

The band offers the first single entitled, »Rite For Exorcism« along with a video clip directed by Norman Cabrera, produced by Maya Kay, and cinematography by Rob Lucas at Wolfpack Studios.

Ryan Waste comments, “This record came together during dark times and its aggression is surely a reflection of that. Nick, Chris, and I hammered out song after song in a grimy, mold-ridden warehouse, turning our anger at the state of the world into what became »Under The Crooked Claw«. To set the tone for the album, I called upon legendary Italian horror maestro Fabio Frizzi to compose an intro, just before Bat’s raw force assaults your ears.”

“While simultaneously working on a heavy metal horror script with Norman Cabrera, I shared some of the new Bat songs with him. With our shared taste in film and vision, we devised two video concepts for the upcoming record based on my lyrics. The first offering is our twist on a tale of an exorcism gone awry, that Norman completely nailed to the cross.” he adds.

The power trio, completed by drummer Chris Marshall, decamped to Philadelphia in June 2021 where Arthur Rizk recorded the basic tracks for »Under The Crooked Claw«. Yavé Rust tracked lead guitars and vocals later when the band was back in Richmond, ultimately to be mixed by Rizk and mastered by Joel Grind. The artwork for the album was inked by Brandon Holt and colored by Margaret Rolicki.

Pre-order »Under The Crooked Claw« HERE

This spring, Bat is joining forces with their friends in the legendary Exciter to play for all the heavy metal maniacs in Latin America for the first time!

More information HERE

Courtesy of Nuclear Blast Records

Discography:
• »Primitive Age« Demo (Tankcrimes, 2013)
• »Speedfreak« Single (2014)
• »Cruel Discipline« Single (Hells Headbangers Records, 2015)
• »Wings Of Chains« (Hells Headbangers Records, 2016)
• »Axestasy« EP (Hells Headbangers Records, 2019)
• »Under The Crooked Claw« (Nuclear Blast Records, 2024)

Band members:
Ryan Waste – Bass/Vocals
Nick Poulos – Guitar
Chris Marshall – Drums

Links:
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Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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