Bat Country (5:11)

Cover of City of Evil

From City of Evil and 9 other releases

“Bat Country” is a single by the American metal band Avenged Sevenfold from their 2005 album, City of Evil. 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 screams to his companion, Dr. Gonzo, “We can’t stop here. This is bat country.”

The song has been used in several video games including EA Sports’ NHL 06, Madden NFL 06, SSX on Tour and Saints Row 2. It also had a short cameo in Big Momma’s House 2. The song is featured on the soundtrack to the extreme mountain bike film New World Disorder 7: Flying High Again.

The song appeared on an episode of the FOX TV series Bones entitled “The Superhero in the Alley”

Avenged Sevenfold won ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards for “Bat Country”.

The following quote is frequently referred 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 out of himself, gets rid of the pain of being a man.” - Dr. Johnson


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