BAT – announce new album ‘Under The Crooked Claw’ + release music video for new single ‘Rite For Exorcism’

BAT – announce new album ‘Under The Crooked Claw’ + release music video for new single ‘Rite For Exorcism’

15th March 2024 0 By Jon Deaux

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 Nick PoulosBAT leans heavily on the dirtier side of speed metal. On May 17th, the band welcomes the release of their second full-length album Under The Crooked Claw via Nuclear Blast Records.

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.
BAT‘s Ryan Waste states, “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.”

Stream the new single ‘Rite For Exorcism’ on all platforms now at:

Pre-order/pre-save Under The Crooked Claw

BAT – Under The Crooked Claw
Release Date: May 17, 2024

1. Una Torcia Illumina Il Cielo (Fabio Frizzi)
2. Vampyre Lore 
3. Rite For Exorcism 
4. Streetbanger 
5. Just Buried 
6. Warshock 
7. Horror Vision 
8. Battered 
9. Revenge of the Wolf 
10. Marauders of Doom 
11. Electric Warning 
12. Bastardized Force 
13. Final Strike 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.

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!
Confirmed dates for the Latin American 2024 tour are:
MAR 29  MX   MEXICO CITY @ Circo Volador
MAR 30  CR   SAN JOSE @ Peppers Club
MAR 31  CO   BOGOTA @ Boro Room
APR 01   AR   BUENOS AIRES @ Arena Sur
APR 04   BR   BELO HORIZONTE @ Caverna Rock Pub
APR 05   BR   BRASILIA DF @ Toinha
APR 06   BR   SAO PAOLO @ Jau Club
APR 08   CL   SANTIAGO @ Teatro Coliseo 

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