Monday, January 11, 2010

Thrash punk comes to the Sabbath altar?

Artist: BattleCat
Title: Self-titled 7"
Label: Army of Bad Luck
Release date: 2006
Release number: ABL005
Vinyl color: Blue and white swirls

On this early Army of Bad Luck release, BattleCat put on a three-song clinic of how to mix two bass players, the influence of Black Sabbath, and the darker side of sped-up indie rock.

According to their Myspace, which shows the band shredding while wearing shred-up newspapers, the group features members of Electrosleep Int'l, Airoes, Werewolf Union, Glass Hammer Physic, Portrait, Downpour, .wheeljack., and Black Aux.

A-side opener "Prelude to Easy Listening" is an ironically titled bass(es) and drum jam reminiscent of Sabbath, while "Beer Battered Wives Club" reminds me of the violent art student vibe perfected more recently by ABL labelmates Hawks.

On the flipside is "Alphabet Saints", which brings a thrash-punk vibe to the Sabbath altar. It's a welcomed but unholy marriage.

If you dig both Hawks and the more experimental side of Atlanta music (SIDS, Electrosleep Int'l, etc.), check this one out.

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