Feral Dogs: Bateman – SMUT

Bateman are a pretty fucking weird animal. An Australian band, “SMUT” is their debut album and is a completely off-kilter assembly of thrash, hardcore punk and feral howling. It’s not trendy or fashionably heavy, it’s mean and filthy, like a rabid coyote rolling in fresh roadkill.

The first thing that will definitely be polarizing to most listeners is the vocals. They are very unique to say the least, with some of the heavier growls resembling traditional metal vocals while the shouts/barks are such a weird but pissed-off tone, it catches you completely off guard. It takes a couple tracks to get used to, but it gives Bateman their own special form of burl.

Musically, “SMUT” is handled in the best way possible; heavy, loud and loose. There is a very apparent lack of polish, with nary a tailored edge or shined boot in sight. Bateman are the unstable guy on the subway shouting obscenities at the Dentyne Ice poster and smelling like booze and week-old hot dogs. Scabs, boils and leaking blisters form a caustic crust that only gets penetrated by the equally corrosive riffage.

Their metallic tone keeps a consistent form across the entire record, with all the songs lying in the same region of sonic velocity as the others. There aren’t any major slowdowns and left-hooks, just plenty of spittle-spewing screams and nasty guitar lines.

“SMUT” is name-your-price on Bandcamp and I was a month and a half late finishing this review. My bad. Music?

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