Left to right: Ryan Waste (Bass | Vocals), Chris Marshall (Drums), Nick Poulos (Guitar)
Photo by Maya Kay

Today, Richmond, Virginia metal-punk trio BAT welcomes the release of their second full-length album Under The Crooked Claw via Nuclear Blast Records. The brainchild of MUNICIPAL WASTE guitarists Ryan Waste Nick PoulosBAT ascended from the underground a decade ago on a dark, leather-winged trajectory. The band delivers their own blood-spattered horrorleaning heavily on the dirtier side of speed metal.

To celebrate the release, BAT offers fans the single, ‘Revenge Of The Wolf‘. The band once again returned to horror director Norman Cabrera to create the perfect visuals. The video included cinematography completed by Rob Lucas, editing handled by Mike Mendez, and Maya Kay was responsible for the production.

Ryan Waste states, “The wait is finally over as our creation takes flight, sinking its claws into the airwaves. It was a true test of our will, caging this beast for what felt like an eternity. I’d especially like to thank my bandmates, Nick and Chris for their hard work and patience through the entire process. We wrote these songs during grim times and their ferocity is certainly emulated by that. Unleashing these tales of terror gives me a sense of fulfillment that is completely unmatched.”

Chris Marshall states, “I still bear the scars from The Claw.

Nick Poulos comments, “From note to note, speed on speed, to say I’m proud of Under The Crooked Claw is an absolute understatement. We poured our hearts, minds, and souls into this record and I’m so proud of what we accomplished. My favorite BAT offering to date!”

Watch the music video for the new single ‘Revenge Of The Wolf’ here:

Order and stream Under The Crooked Claw now at: https://bat.bfan.link/utcclp

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.

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”.
This Summer, BAT will be heading across the US on a series of 4 headlining dates followed by the first half of the ‘Lifeless Birth Tour 2024’ with headliners NECROT. BAT will perform throughout May before joining the NECROT tour on June 5th in Berkeley until departing the package on June 27th in Boston. The second half of the tour will continue until July 13 and will include PHOBOPHILIC as well as STREET TOMBS, who will be on the complete tour.

Confirmed dates for BAT are as follows:

Headlining dates 
05/30 St. Louis, MO – The Sinkhole
05/31 Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge
06/02 Denver, CO – The Crypt
06/03 Salt Lake City, UT – Aces High SaloonLifeless Birth Tour 2024
supporting NECROT as well as STREET TOMBS

06/05 Berkeley, CA – The Cornerstone 
06/06 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room 
06/07 Los Angeles, CA – First St. Billiards
06/08 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick 
06/09 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Underground 
06/10 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
06/12 Austin, TX – Parish 
06/13 Dallas, TX – Three Links 
06/14 Houston, TX – The Secret Group
06/15 San Antonio, TX – Vibes Underground
06/16 New Orleans, LA – Santos
06/18 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
06/19 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub 
06/20 Atlanta, GA – Boggs Social 
06/21 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
06/22 Raleigh, NC – Chapel of Bones
06/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo 
06/24 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery 
06/25 Bensalem, PA – Broken Goblet 
06/26 Brooklyn, NY – The Meadows
06/27 Boston, MA – Sonia 

BAT is:
Ryan Waste | Bass & Vocals
Nick Poulos | Guitar
Chris Marshall | Drums

More information:


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