Released: 2016, Hells Headbangers
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Ryan Waste is a busy dude. When he’s not extoling the virtues of old school thrash with his namesake Municipal Waste, he’s schooling us on NWOBHM with Volture, and then even still, he’s fronting BAT - a new crossover trio. Their WINGS OF CHAINS debut is a time machine back to a time when skateboarding wasn’t on ESPN, when Nancy wanted you to “just say no” and when nuclear annihilation was a real possibility.
Pulling from the Excel/D.R.I./Cryptic Slaughter bag of tricks, the 12 tracks on WINGS OF CHAINS bulldoze through d-beats and circle pit riffs like a skankin’ man on a bad trip. Everything here is given the attention to detail you’d expect from a Ryan Waste genre project, but the end result is still hit and miss. The tunes are all well and good, but there’s only so many ways you can cram the same handful of gallop riffs into a 2-minute sprint before it starts to lose steam. But there are still plenty of highlights to be found – the Motorhead-isms of the title track, the bottom end chunk of “Primitive Age”, and the whiplash back to back of “You Die” and “Cruel Discipline” all will commence your head to BANG.
As for the rest of WINGS OF CHAINS, it’s all situational. Crack open a case of beer with BAT on your stereo and you'll probably be compelled to tack on another point to this review. Otherwise, you can still enjoy it for the throwback trip that it is.