Bat Country

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"Bat Country"
Avenged sevenfold bat country.png
Single by Avenged Sevenfold
from the album City of Evil
ReleasedAugust 9, 2005[1]
RecordedJanuary 1 – February 2005[2][3]
Studio
  • The Hobby Shop (Los Angeles)
  • Ocean Way (Hollywood)
Genre
Length
  • 5:13 (album version)
  • 4:11 (radio edit)
LabelWarner
Songwriter(s)Avenged Sevenfold
Producer(s)
Avenged Sevenfold singles chronology
"Burn It Down"
(2005)
"Bat Country"
(2005)
"Beast and the Harlot"
(2006)
Audio sample

"Bat Country" is a song by Avenged Sevenfold, released in August 2005 as the second single from their third album, City of Evil. Avenged Sevenfold won 'Best New Artist Video' at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for "Bat Country" and on October 1, 2009, the single was certified gold by the RIAA. For these reasons, "Bat Country" is often believed to be the band's most commercially successful song.

Background and content[edit]

The song's main influence comes from Hunter S. Thompson's 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and the title itself also comes from a line from the book in which Raoul Duke, the alter-ego pseudonym of Thompson himself, is on his way to Las Vegas while being affected by various drugs, and thus hallucinates, seeing huge bats and manta rays in the sky. With this, he gasps to his companion and attorney, Dr. Gonzo, "We can't stop here. This is bat country."

The following quote, also included at the beginning of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, is referred to twice throughout the song (at the beginning and the bridge before the last chorus) and is shown at the beginning of the music video.

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man." – Samuel Johnson

Also referenced in the song is a lyric derived from the final words spoken about Dr. Gonzo at the end of the film adaptation. The lyric is used at the end of the second breakdown of the song, as the final lyric of the song.

"There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die." – Raoul Duke

Shortly after the writing of the song, Thompson would commit suicide.[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD[5]
No.TitleLength
1."Bat Country"5:13
2."Beast and the Harlot (Live from the Warped Tour)"6:08
3."Bat Country (Music Video)" 

Legacy[edit]

The song was ranked at number 20 on Loudwire's Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs.[6] It also was rated as number 9 on Ultimate Guitar's list of Top 25 Best Songs With Guitar Duels.[7] In 2020, Louder Sound and Kerrang! both rated it as the fifth greatest Avenged Sevenfold song.[8][9]

In popular culture[edit]

The song has been used in several video games including EA Sports' NHL 06, Madden NFL 06,[10] SSX on Tour, Saints Row 2,[11] Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, as downloadable content for Rock Band and Rock Band 2, the iPhone application Tap Tap Revenge 3 and on the newer version Tap Tap Revenge 4. However, in NHL 06, Madden NFL 06, and SSX on Tour the word "doses" has been replaced by "save me" to avoid any drug content in the game. The song is featured on the soundtrack to the extreme mountain bike film New World Disorder 7: Flying High Again. The song is featured in the rhythm game Rocksmith 2014.[12][13] The song appeared on an episode of the FOX TV series Bones entitled "The Superhero in the Alley". It also appeared briefly in the comedy film Big Momma's House 2.[14]

Charts and sales[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Personnel listing as adapted from album liner notes.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on March 22, 2013. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold website". 2004-12-30. Archived from the original on December 30, 2004. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  3. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold website". 2005-02-13. Archived from the original on February 13, 2005. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  4. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon. "Avenged Sevenfold Salute Dimebag, Shun Metalcore On 'Evil'". MTV News. MTV. Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  5. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country". Discogs. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  6. ^ "No. 20: Avenged Sevenfold, 'Bat Country' – Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs". Loudwire.
  7. ^ "Friday Top: 25 Best Songs With Guitar Duels - Music News @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  8. ^ Alderslade, Merlin (February 5, 2020). "The 20 best Avenged Sevenfold songs ever". Louder Sound. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  9. ^ Law, Sam (May 29, 2020). "The 20 greatest Avenged Sevenfold songs – ranked". Kerrang. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  10. ^ "Madden NFL 06 Soundtrack – Music News at IGN". Music.ign.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  11. ^ "Saints Row 2 Music". IGN. Oct 6, 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Rocksmith Track List". Ubisoft. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
  13. ^ "The Music – ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION". Ubisoft. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  14. ^ "Big Momma's House 2 (2006) Soundtracks (23)". IMDB. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  15. ^ "AVENGED SEVENFOLD". Official Charts. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  16. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  17. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  18. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History: Mainstream Rock". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  19. ^ "Avenged Sevenfold Chart History: Alternative". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Avenged Sevenfold – Bat Country". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  21. ^ City of Evil liner notes. Warner Bros. Records. 2005. pp. 4, 10, 11.