Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Bat-Primitive Age (Demo)


Richmond, Virginia's Bat are a new (as in "2013 Brand Fucking New!" ladies and gents!) side project from three musicians with extensive ties to the heavy metal community. Featuring Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste and Volture) on bass and vocals, Ryan's Volture bandmate Nick Poulos (Organ Donor, Parasytic, live guitarist for Combat Delta, ex-Byam Klavor and ex-Cannabis Corpse) on guitars and former D.R.I member Felix Griffin (also of Blunt Force Trauma, Condemned Unit) on drums this 5-track demo EP is a fitting tribute to yesteryear's underground heavy metal and thrash scene as well as punk and hardcore's glory days. What exactly does that entail? Well, first things first before we get to the good stuff. "Primitive Age", which will be a digital download and cassette tape only release, was recorded on analog tape by Garrett Morris before being mixed by Peyton Gregory and the band members themselves. Mastering was handled by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound and, at just 13 minutes and 37 seconds, this 5 track EP does the old in and out before you even have the slightest idea of what the hell just happened! As it was purposely recorded on analog tape the sound is raw. But then again that is what the band had in mind and the end result is a EP that could have easily been recorded back in the eighties thanks to it's authentic vibe. If you don't appreciate the raw appeal of the eighties underground scene then just stop what you're doing and step away from this review. We don't need anyone whining about how "Primitive Age" sounds like some demo from the tape trading days as that's the whole point! If you want to go hang out with the "Everything in my metal collection has to sound all shiny and super sparkly or I'm going to cry like a little schoolgirl" crowd then private message me by all means and I'll happily point you in the direction of metal sites where that kind of shit is the norm! Otherwise let's all just sit back and have a nice little talk about all that is right with this world thanks to bands like this trio! "Metal" bands like Motörhead, Tank, Atomkraft, Hellhammer and Venom work their way into the magic of this crusty demo as does the likes of Warfare, Bulldozer, S.O.D., Cro-Mags, English Dogs, S.N.F.U., GBH, Discharge and, in a way, D.R.I itself! Collectively these three pay homage to the past and if you were to close your eyes, let go and just embrace this demo for what it is you'd be instantly transported back in time to a world where things were not so complex and all of the best bands could be found by flipping through your local fanzines. If that sounds like heaven to you then do yourself a solid and click on the link below. Don't be worried that Bat are just another retro-act that puts on a good front, but isn't the real deal. With Felix Griffin on board this is one "young" band with more then enough street cred to go around and as "Primitive Age" pays testament to Bat are the real thing in a world full of fakes and imitations!

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