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Bats - ‘Red In Tooth And Claw’

Ken McGrath
Ken McGrath 13 September 2009 at 15.00

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Bats are onto a good thing...

Taking the TAAS/Blood Brothers left of centre and refusing to be formulaic approach to riffs and drum slices, with added science, Bats are onto a good thing. Opening with the subtle ‘Higgs Boson Particle’ before flowing rapturously into the more energetic ‘Gamma Ray Blast: Second Date’ it’s immediately a big evolutionary step up from their ‘Cruel Sea Scientist’ EP. ‘Lord Blakeney’s Arm’ is a furious, syncopated blast, ‘Shadow Fucking’ comes laden with hooks while ‘The Barley’ rolls along darkly before erupting vocally. Absolute highlight is the occasionally erratic, yet never needlessly spastic and lyrically engaging ‘The Cruel Sea’. Good stuff.

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