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BAT – Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Of “Wings Of Chains” Debut Out TODAY On Tankcrimes!

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, music news, news with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2022 by Metal Odyssey

Tankcrimes is pleased to unveil a limited edition vinyl reissue of Wings Of Chains, the debut full-length from Richmond, Virginia speed metal cult, BAT.

BAT‘s esteemed membership on Wings Of Chains is well known featuring vocalist/bassist Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste, Volture), guitarist Nick Poulos (Volture,) and drummer Felix Griffin (D.R.I.) and their collective experience bleeds through every gnarled note of the record.

Initially released in 2016 via Hells Headbangers, the twelve-track production is an unapologetic firestorm of filth and fury. But more than that, such hard-charging and immediately headbanging speed metal can only come from total diehards who intimately know the secret of steel. From the opening “Bloodhounds” on down to the band’s titular theme song, the trio barrels forth like filth hounds of Hades, pounding metal with violence and force, leaving “Total Wreckage” in their wake.

BAT’s Wings Of Chains is available in three color variants – Splatter, Black “DJ Variant,” and Purple. Secure your copy before they’re gone at the Tankcrimes webshop HERE.

Wings Of Chains – Track Listing:

  1. Bloodhounds
  2. Code Rude
  3. Master Of The Skies
  4. Primitive Age
  5. Condemner
  6. Ritual Fool
  7. Wings Of Chains
  8. Total Wreckage
  9. Rule Of The Beast
  10. You Die
  11. Cruel Discipline
  12. BAT



BAT – Speed Metal Miscreants Added To Mammoth Gwar B-Q Lineup; Additional Live Abrasions Confirmed + New Living Fast Episode Available

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, rock music with tags , , , on June 26, 2015 by Metal Odyssey

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BAT, the unholy supergroup featuring Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, is very pleased to announce their recent addition to this year’s Gwar B-Q in Richmond, Virginia alongside the likes of The Descendents, Cro-Mags, Ghoul, Ringworm, Child Bite and more! The band’s Gwar B-Q appearance follows a headlining performance in Raleigh and serves as a precursor to a rare run of live abrasions through Richmond, Cleveland, Chicago and Pittsburgh in September.

Comments Waste of the oncoming onstage demolitions, “After finishing up our debut full length album on Hells Headbangers this summer, we in BAT are gearing up for a short run around some rad US festivals. The first being the Gwar B-Q in our hometown of Richmond, which is always wet and wild. Come September, we hit the road again to play in Cleveland at the Hell’s Headbash. We’re thrilled to play with our pals in High Spirits and Midnight on the opening night. Beforehand, we’re cramming in another hometown gig and hitting Chicago and Pittsburgh to round out the Labor Day weekend. Come rage with us and always beware of the BAT!”


8/14/2015 Southland Ballroom – Raleigh, NC

8/15/2015 Gwar B-Q @ Hadad’s Lake – Richmond, VA

9/03/2015 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA 
9/04/2015 Hell’s Headbash (Agora) – Cleveland, OH

9/05/2015 El Rey Ballroom – Chicago, IL
9/06/2015 Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA

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The Virginia/Texas meta punk marauders in BAT released their Primitive Age EP last year on cassette via Tankcrimes and on 12″ vinyl via Hells Headbangers. Channeling the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead and Discharge, the EP features five filthy numbers of confrontational Kill ‘Em All angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation. Said Last Rites of the offering, “This nasty little beast is a crust-a-licious demo-nic hybrid of ugly gutter thrash with a vicious punk spirit and a dose of injected blackness. Jump back thirty years to an uncomfortable-yet-awesome three-way between Cronos, Lemmy, and Tom Warrior (or, whatever, Satanic Slaughter) – then BOOM, BAT! A close 21st-century equivalent would be Midnight, only with less sleazy Satanic debauchery and more of an all-encompassing generalized rebelliousness.”

The Primitive Age EP is available digitally at the official BAT BandCamp page HERE and on cassette via Tankcrimes HERE (where you’ll also find additional merch). You can also nab a copy of BAT‘s recently issued “Cruel Discipline” seven-inch out on Hells Headbangers HERE as well as the 12″ version of Primitive Age.

In related news, Living Fast, the heavy metal talk show created by Waste continues to reap views from the headbanging public. The first episode featured John Gallagher of Raven while the second episode, divided into two parts, takes place during the Caulture Shock Tour with Cauldron and Waste’s heavy metal band, Volture, where Waste visits with Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate) at Beat Bop Records, his second-hand vinyl shop located in the heart of Copenhagen. Recently unleashed, Canadian edition third episode features Dave Carlo and Mike Campagnolo of Razor and number one Anvil fan, Colin “Maddog” Brown. Get viewing at THIS LOCATION.


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Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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METAL And HARD ROCK 2013 – It’s my Metal opinion, that 2013 was a revival year for many, many quality Rockin’ EP’s. I honestly cannot recall such a fantastic year for EP’s since (maybe) the glorious and colorful 80’s decade. From Stone Temple Pilots to Night Demon, these EP’s that I’ve listened to and enjoyed this past year deserve all the attention and recommendation I can possibly give them, right here on Metal Odyssey.

I’ve compiled a roll call below, of the 26 EP’s I want to celebrate from 2013. Please understand, these EP’s are in no particular order! However, my favorite #1 EP and choice for favorite cover song EP from 2013 are stated below! Many shall find their way onto Metal Odyssey’s 2013 Best Of Albums lists; that’s when the ranking will come into play (if you will). My apologies to any band’s EP that I’ve missed from 2013, I can’t hear ’em all! Please leave your favorite or missing EP from this list, via comment!!

For now, peruse or glance at this Best EP’s Of 2013 list below and know I heavily endorse each and every EP and band below! Whoa! Please support as many bands you’ll see here as you can! Also look for an EP review link or written review below each title!

Metal be thy name – Stone

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Metal Odyssey’s #1 BEST Cover Song EP/Album Of 2013



Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 5, 2013.

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SKID ROW – United World Rebellion / Chapter One


Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on May 11, 2013.

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KILL FOR EDEN – Living On Mars

Kill For Eden are from London, England and have an enormously contagious 3 song EP that’s titled: Living On Mars. This Hard Rock band mixes up both heaviness and melodies like a delicious treat, straight from the Rock ‘N Roll bakery of ear pastry! Lyla D’Souza has captured the essence of a true Hard Rock vocalist with legitimacy covering her from head to toe! Think: a modern-day Debbie Harry; only not a clone. ALL 3 songs on this EP are ROCK SOLID!

Combined with mega talent, mega songs, a memorable sound and credibility oozing from every musical crevice, Kill For Eden should one day be bigger than they could ever dream imaginable! At least that’s how I feel about this dynamic band. Whoa!

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7 DAYS DEAD – Beyond Within

7 Days Dead – Release ‘Beyond Within’ Debut EP For Free! Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on March 9, 2013.

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ANTHRAX – Anthems

ANTHRAX “ANTHEMS” – A MUST Own! Legendary ANTHRAX Covers The Classics!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on August 15, 2013.

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS – With Chester Bennington

High Rise

Stone Temple Pilots With Chester Bennington “High Rise” EP – An Instant Rock Classic? Yes It Is!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on October 15, 2013.

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NIGHT DEMON – S/T EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 25, 2013.

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GOREGAST – Covered In Skin

GOREGAST “Covered In Skin” – 2 Song 7″ EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on September 26, 2013.

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UGLY KID JOE – Stairway To Hell

(2013 Reissue With Bonus Tracks)

UGLY KID JOE “Stairway To Hell” Comeback EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 21, 2013.

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Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 1, 2013.

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HOD – The Uncreated Demo

Hod “The Uncreated Demo” – Diabolical, Blackened Death Metal Has Risen!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on August 10, 2013.

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ReAniMate 2.0: The CoVeRs eP

I’ve enjoyed this second covers EP from Halestorm light years more than their first! The song selection here is unreal good! With the weakest cover song being the AC/DC classic, Shoot To Thrill, 5 out of 6 cover songs that have Rocked my brain loose is fun-fabulous for me! Lzzy Hale and band NAILED it on part 2!

Lzzy Hale is incredible on Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman. One track that surprised the hell out of me is the cover of Daft Punk’s Get Lucky… Halestorm makes this song soar!

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MAMMOTH SALMON “Internet EP 2″ – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 20, 2013.

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Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals – Warbeast 

With 2 previously unreleased studio tracks from Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, along with 2 previously unreleased live tracks from Warbeast, the end result is nothing short of a Metal bliss trip! 4 heavy-as-shit songs worth their weight in 10 beer kegs! Philip H. Anselmo is a Metal icon x 100.

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Metal Odyssey’s #1 FAVORITE EP Of 2013!

BAT – Primitive Age (Demo)

When Ryan Waste (Bass/Vocals), Nick Poulos (Guitar) and Felix Griffin (Drums) united to form BAT, I just knew their Metal was gonna kick my ass. Oh, it has. Old school Metal with no bells or whistles on the production end, Primitive Age is an absolute Metal MUST for each Metalhead alive today.

If I had to choose a #1 favorite original recordings EP on this list, it’s this EP Demo. BAT has reminded me, once again, that EP demos are stuff of legend. Listen for yourself, name your price and buy it by clicking the link below:

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NIGHTBITCH – Chainmaker


Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 11, 2013.

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Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 13, 2013.

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NUCLEAR – Apátrida

NUCLEAR “Apátrida” EP – Thrash Metal Defenders From The Republic Of Chile = Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 25, 2013.

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SIOUX – S/T EP Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 19, 2013.

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HELLBASTARD – Sons Of Bitches

HELLBASTARD “Sons Of Bitches” EP – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on June 27, 2013.

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From Cork, Ireland comes Inhale The Fall. Vocalist Jenny O’ Keeffe is brilliant! This entire band is rolling in talent! Think: Modern Hard Rock/Metal that isn’t a carbon copy of another carbon copy.  I certainly hope grand Metal events happen for Inhale The Fall, this band is too good.

You can purchase this tremendous EP from Inhale The Fall by going to iTunes:

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GHOST – If You Have Ghost

As a follow-up to their outstanding 2013 full-length, Infestissumam, Ghost releases the If You Have Ghost EP. Production is a quantum leap forward, compared to their (already classic) debut: Opus Eponymous.

Melodic and AOR leaning on these 4 cover songs (and 1 live track), with musical and vocal talent galore, Ghost is still Old School with lots of hazy and macabre like atmosphere. It’s just a crying shame that someone talked Ghost into covering ABBA’s I’m A Marionette. That is Metal sacrilege for such a grand band to go near such a pile of shit as that.

Papa Emeritus II and these nameless ghouls of Metal have effectively established themselves as a top-tier band and brand in our beloved genre. Fans of the legendary Dave Grohl will be tickled senseless, knowing that he produced this EP; along with playing drums, percussion and rhythm guitar on select songs. Metal be thy name!

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FOR TODAY – Prevailer

The Christian Hardcore/Metal warriors, For Today, didn’t disappoint my ears with their EP: Prevailer. Once again, For Today keeps their incredible energy level on full-throttle, with their intense Metal exploding from every nook and cranny!

The bonus track is an acoustic version of Fearless (original non-acoustic version is heard on their 2012 studio album: Immortal) and it is a highlight of highlights on this MUST Metal  EP from For Today. Make no Metal mistake, For Today delivers brutal Metal. Period. Wow good.

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SANGUS – Vengeful Brutality

Without a Metal doubt, SANGUS has the most brutal, extreme and vein exploding EP on this “Best EP’s Of 2013” list! Metal be thy name, SANGUS doesn’t just want to kick you ass into oblivion with their Metal… this band sounds like they want to destroy all Metal non-believers! Perfect.

With (only) 3 songs, the proof is in the Metal from SANGUS and they deliver like a rabid raccoon, filled with rage on a street full of outdoor Summer barbecues! Black Crusted Death Thrash never sounded so insanely good!

Check out Vengeful Brutality for yourself, by clicking the link below! You can buy this killer EP by naming your price too! Whoa!


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INFALLING – Path Of Desolation

INFALLING “Path Of Desolation” EP – A Full-Blown Hardcore Metal Assault You Should Know About!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on January 3, 2013.

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ARMAROTH – False Vision

ARMAROTH “False Vision” EP – Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Above review was featured on Metal Odyssey, on July 8, 2013.


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BAT – Members Of Municipal Waste, DRI And Volture Unite; New “Primitive Age” EP Streaming At Metal Injection

Posted in Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on November 22, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Pay-What-You-Want Download + Preorder Bundles Available

Tankcrimes Records is pleased to welcome BAT to their roster of audio decadence. An unholy union of Municipal Waste guitarist Ryan Waste on bass/vocals, former DRI drummer Felix Griffin and Volture guitarist Nick Poulos, the Virginia/Texas punk metal marauders invoke the spirits of Venom, Hellhammer, Motörhead and Discharge with their Primitive Age demo EP. Featuring five tracks of filthy, fuck-all, debauchery, Primitive Age is a primal outpouring of molten metal riffs, confrontational Kill ‘Em All angst and enough vocal venom to level a nation.

The EP is currently streaming in full for your mischievous listening pleasures at Metal Injection HERE.    


Primitive Age – Track Listing:

1. BAT

2. Total Wreckage

3. Code Rude

4. Rule of the Beast

5. Primitive Age

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BAT was forged in fire when Ryan Waste met Griffin in Austin at a Municipal Waste gig in 2007. Sharing the same musical tastes and metal/punk backgrounds, the two immediately hit it off. Griffin hadn’t performed with DRI since the late eighties and itched to play again. “We eventually spoke of doing a project together,” relays Ryan. “Originally I was going to play all the guitars, bass and vocals and it would be a studio thing. We sat on this idea for years and humored it every time I’d pass through Texas. It seemed too exciting to not make this a real live band so I asked Nick from our current heavy metal band Volture if he wanted on board as a permanent guitarist and it was a done deal. I would have my hands full singing and playing bass as it was.” BAT, which was the original working title before Volture, seemed to suite the style they were going for so it stuck. “Nick and I cooked up a few raw demo songs, I laid down some basic garage band drums and we sent the tracks to Felix. With Felix living in Austin and Nick and I in Richmond, Virginia, it had to be arranged like that to start. Over this last summer Felix flew in town for a week and we banged out those songs with live drums and wrote a couple more on the fly. With only a few practices under our belts we recorded all the music in one day on reel-to-reel analog tape. It was a challenge to not over analyze and nail down all live takes. It was indeed primitive. We wanted a raw sound to begin with and this turned out to be the ultimate way to achieve it.”

The Primitive Age EP is available as a “Pay-What-You-Want-Including-Free” download TODAY at the official BAT BandCamp page HERE. Tankcrimes is also offering a “Primitive Pack” preorder bundle which includes a double sided T-shirt, embroidered patch, die-cut sticker and cassette tape all for a thrifty $20 plus shipping. Nab your bundle today at THIS LOCATION.


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BAT – Primitive Metal Punk Power Trio: A Band To Watch Out For!

Posted in hardcore, hardcore punk, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 19, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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BAT Stats: Primitive Metal Punk power trio featuring Ryan Waste from Municipal Waste on bass and vocals, Nick Poulos from Volture on lead guitar and Felix Griffin from D.R.I on skins.

“Crushing all barriers between Heavy Metal and Hardcore Punk”

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