Aggression is an undeniable part of being a human, something each of us is primed for. While this predisposition is usually supressed due to the nature of society today, the theme of aggression shines through in countless works of art. As a band, Bat Lips set out to prove that such carnality has not been lost to years of civilisation and conditioning.
The self-titled EP, restricted to three powerful tracks, serves as an explosive burst of energy that leaves a listener hungry for more. Well-crafted guitar riffs are done due justice with an expressive and enticing rhythm section. Mygatt’s hardcore vocals fit perfectly amongst the instrumentals. This style of vocals may be subject to divisive opinions from the metalhead audience, but tracks like “Red Moon Rising” and “Radar” steer these with the kind of ease that can only be produced by dedication and confidence in one’s own art.
The highlight of the album, however, is “The White Buffalo.” The experimental piece explores everything from clean vocals to blast beats within a length of less than five minutes. Kelton’s proficiency as a drummer, too, is truly experienced in this final track, providing an apt finish to the EP. Bat Lips I proves the band’s potential to leave a mark, a lasting impression upon the listener. The trio’s unique style is bound to stand out amongst the more uninspiring releases oversaturating the genre.
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