BATS
Red In Tooth and Claw


4.5
superb

Review

by Gabe Penisington USER (1 Reviews)
September 8th, 2009 | 258 replies | 27,814 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This Progressive Post-Hardcore band shocks the world yet again with its emotional vocals and scientific references.

7 of 10 thought this review was well written

After the release of their EP, ‘Cruel Sea Scientist’, BATS have taken the world by surprise. Especially with it’s scientific lyrics and academic subjects. But of there's one thing I've heard whenever I saw anything having to do with BATS, it's that there's always the one person commenting on how it's similar to a Post-Hardcore Foals. Well, I would like to say that once I heard this album, I realized that it was so much more than a band for one who liked the Foals and wondered ‘What if there was a Post-Hardcore version of this?’

The album starts off with a single muted guitar note repeating, joined later by a complex cowbell (that’s right, they can pull off the cowbell) and drum sequence. Then the haunting, broken lyrics come in. “We have been unable to identify the particle seen in the image below…” The yells in the background make you feel as if you’re surrounded by the awe-inspiring sound. Then everything goes quiet, except for a simple drum as the lead singer speaks alone about the Higgs Boson Particle, supposedly proven by the Large Hadron Collider. This leads up to tortured screams and intertwining guitars and a heavy bass, as it leads up to the second track. This jaw-dropping performance was simply the introduction.

The first track leads directly into the second, ‘Gamma Ray Burst: Second Date’, which, I shall definitely admit, made me think of the Foals. In my opinion, this is also the album’s catchiest song. The bass and twin guitars all fit together so perfectly, with the amazing drum sequence being the icing on top of the musical cake. This song proves to be musical masturbation for the band, all showing off some of the best of their abilities, from their screaming that drips emotion, to their offbeat vocals, and the all of their amazing instruments in between.

Next we have the famous single, ‘Credulous, Credulous’, which features catchy riffs, interesting lyrics, and really show’s off the bassists’ abilities. The next interesting track I’d like to feature is ‘Lord Blakeney’s Arm’, which really shows off BATS’ more Post-Hardcore side, with complex riffs and drum patterns, and whispered vocals contrasted by loud yelling and screaming, this is a great track. After this is ‘The Cruel Sea’, the title most likely being inspired by the preceding EP ‘Cruel Sea Scientist’, is a longer, but amazing track which goes from slow and soft to quick and complex notes on a dime. Though I’m afraid to admit some of the tracks after this are a bit unmemorable.

The next featured track is in the end, which is ‘Vermithrax Pejorative’, which is, to say the least, a track that is simply epic. It starts off with a series of complex breakdowns and riffs with screams filled with emotion, and the track goes on to do nothing but impress, with euphoric dual guitars combining together, with the tortured screams, drumming that’s all over the place, and a bass to glue it all together weaves a beautiful web of Progressive-Hardcore madness that is a great finisher for the album. Unfortunately, I must admit that the real closer, ‘The Barley’ is a bit of a letdown after such an amazing track. But then again, it had such big shoes to fill, though it was an amazing track to finish the album off with a calming effect that gave the whole album closure.

To conclude this review I will say that this was an incredible album, with certain parts that would make one feel as if they are in a Utopia of music, while other parts felt a bit slow and repetitive, though the amazing parts definitely drowned out the tedious parts. So in my opinion, this album is a must-buy. BATS definitely proved themselves worthy of being admired by critics everywhere by meeting, and even beating, the standards held by it’s EP.


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Jake Hartman (4.5)
Exactly what Post Hardcore needed....

Joe Denby (4.5)
We have been unable to identify the particle seen in the image below....


Comments:Add a Comment 
PirateSquid
September 8th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I'm sorry if it's bad. I tried to do the best I could for my first review. Hope it's good enough ^^;;

I'll edit some grammatical errors once it gets approved.

Prophet178
September 8th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Though I’m afraid to admit some of the tracks after this are a bit unmemorable.


Thats my biggest problem with the album, you got it right there. It's still incredibly good, but I
think its more a 4 than a 4.5.

Oh, throw up Q and Not U - No Kill No Beep Beep in the recommended, its ridiculously similar.

PirateSquid
September 8th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man. Yeah, I just listened to the Q and not U album, and I'll go throw that up there.

I probably should fix the intro, it leaves a lot to be desired :P

EDIT: How do I edit my review?

Phantom
September 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

my profile > edit my reviews (will be in a list of options under your profile pic)

from what i've heard of the stream so far, this rules.


PirateSquid
September 8th 2009



1881 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks man.

Changed the Recommendations :P

Yeah, I must have uploaded the album image a billion times, but it's not showing up. What's the deal? >.>

Phantom
September 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

all ova yo face

SomeKindOfChampion
September 8th 2009



40 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff. can anybody send me a link to this album. Cant find it anywhere and want to listen to it until my hard copy comes in.

nvm found myself one

Phantom
September 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmmmm a hard copy

Gore
September 8th 2009



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

NO SONGS ARE ON YOUTUBE

Jom
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2009



2634 Comments


Gore, did you not see this:

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/feature.php?id=5758

Cesar
September 8th 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff, first time I've listened to the band. Have the slight feeling it might grow on me, but for now a high 3.5 is accurate for me.

DeadToPain
September 8th 2009



694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this is anything like No Kill No Beep Beep, I'm going to absolutely adore it. Where can I find this?

Chewie
September 8th 2009



4531 Comments


Splat's gunna be pissed

great first review, keep it up

Prophet178
September 8th 2009



6397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If this is anything like No Kill No Beep Beep, I'm going to absolutely adore it. Where can I find this?


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/feature.php?id=5758


DeadToPain
September 8th 2009



694 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you kindly Prophet178.

I'm a few songs in, and that comparison is pretty accurate. Only I think I might actually like this better. Amazing song structure and cool concepts.

Gore
September 8th 2009



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit, I just saw it when I went to the page...that made me feel like an idiot :P

Phantom
September 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

between a 4 and 4.5 for me at the moment. gonna give it a couple more listens before i rate.

Gore
September 8th 2009



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So catchy

Phantom
September 8th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

it is awesome and catchy but i found that it dragged slightly in the last 1/4. Hopefully it was just because it's late here.

YouAreMySilence
September 8th 2009



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Red In Tooth & Claw is a hell of a song,
this records great too.



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