Damn Indecisive Bat Set to Fly Again

Damn Indecisive Bat Set to Fly Again | In our continuing coverage of new music no one asked for, we bring you Meat Loaf's third installment of the Bat Out of Hell series, due this month.

Damn Indecisive Bat Set to Fly Again | In our continuing coverage of new music no one asked for, we bring you Meat Loaf's third installment of the Bat Out of Hell series, due this month. If you, like us, were only vaguely aware that such a series (a self-admitted "marketing tool") even existed, here's the scoop: The new album is a follow-up to the 1977 original and 1993's Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and features appearances by the likes of Todd Rundgren, Nikki Sixx, and Steve Vai. In addition to the usual crazy-loud, sweeping piano operettas, this puppy will feature Meat doing some harder rocking tracks (sample title: "Land of the Pigs"-you said it, friend). But will the hard rocking be too scary for those who prefer the other shit, you ask? Says the man himself, "I think fans who liked Bat I and Bat II will enjoy Bat III." We assume the inverse is also true. There will, of course, be an overpriced supporting tour (hopefully limited to air-conditioned venues-that man is not small and the sweating could be a problem) and a special performance of all three albums in London. And, because no one in L.A. has just the one job, the Loaf continues to pad his IMDB profile page, filming a Masters of Horror episode and, in a stroke of pure casting genius and the only truly notable tidbit here, a cameo as Jack Black's father in the Tenacious D movie The Pick of Destiny. | Kimberly Faulhaber & Sarah Lenzini

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