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Cruel Discipline
March 2015
Released: 2015, Hell’s Headbangers Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Municipal Waste founder and guitar Ryan Waste is no secret lover of old school, proper heavy metal. If his recent project, which he calls the Living Fast “videocast” wasn’t a big enough giveaway of his adoration for 80s style, loud rock n roll, then BAT should be. The trio’s rule over Richmond, Virginia began with 2013’s demo release of Primitive Age, which has now been reissued on wax by Hell’s Headbangers Records. And that’s the label that sends this 7 inch single flying our way, entitled Cruel Discipline.

Title track and A side “Cruel Discipline” delivers just what was expected. Sleazy lyrics such as “a temptress beckons your call” gives a taint of American spirit, but Waste’s vocal style is true to the British School of heavy metal, with plenty of Cronos-isms thrown in to pay homage.

Fuzzed up bass nods a head to the influence of Motorhead as does the cheeky riffing of B side “Rule of the Beast”, and I’m saying no untrue words by declaring that this single is as tacky as the thigh-length PVC boots and arm-long gloves that are donned by the illustrated cover model. This ethic is only reinforced by the Xerox looking, black and white cover sketch.

The ethos of BAT is supposed to be to “slam posers into the ground”, whether this is true, judge for yourself. Oh, and enjoy a couple of decent slabs of wicked heavy rock while you’re at it.

Review by Jarod Lawley

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