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This stream is presented as part of our Road To Hells Headbash series; one new song from Hell's Headbangers Records every Monday until Hells Headbash, this Labor Day weekend in Cleveland, OH.

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Bat is the kind of band that just needs to exist. Stripped down, rude as Hell, on the punkier side of thrash but still entirely thrash, rocking a name that's probably already been used a million times before. There's no pretense with Bat, no loftiness or indie cred. You'd never worry about Bat releasing a self-important album with no song under five minutes. They're here to slay.

What's interesting is that in a scene where everyone makes that claim, Bat are one of the few doing it in a way that gets them noticed. The band's Primitive Age demo circulated heavily throughout 2013, paving the way for this year's Cruel Discipline EP, a steady if slightly improved continuation on the band's stark, straightforward style.

Listen to the EP below. Bat will be playing the Headbash at 4:35 on Friday, so save your real drinking for then.

— Scab Casserole

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