Renowned UK thrash/crust/metal miscreants Hellbastard recently unleashed a video teaser for their aptly titled Sons Of Bitches vinyl EP (released November 2012). Issued via PATAC Records, Sons Of Bitches is limited to 1000 copies, includes a re-recorded version of 1988’s We Had Evidence - from the band’s 1988 Heading For Internal Darkness full-length - and finds the band as acutely irritated by societal devolution as ever before.
Often cited as being the band who created the “crust” wave of the 1980s –with the name coming from the band’s first demo, Ripper Crust - Hellbastard formed in late 1984/’85 before dying prematurely in 1992. Founding member Scruff Lewty went on to form many bands (Nero Circus, King Fuel, etc), before making the decision to reform the band in 2008. Since then Hellbastard has released several more EPs and LPs, including 2009’s critically acclaimed - The Need to Kill. The band is now very much back in action, tighter, more powerful and still as bitter and pissed off as they were from the start. Hellbastard bring socially aware lyrics and an unclassifiable form of punk/thrash metal music to the international stage.
Embraced by fans and newcomers alike, Sons Of Bitches is reaping critical hails. Exclaim notes: “Sons Of Bitches is a particularly nasty offering, displaying a profound disgust for the state of the world and actively looking forward to an embattled post-apocalyptic future…a strong and substantial EP that continues to demonstrate that Hellbastard reformed because they had more to say,” while Blistering observes: “As one of those overlooked treasures of the extreme metal underground, Hellbastard has defied convention, turning out a varied six-song effort that belies the rough and ragged reputation they’ve garnered after 26 years in the game. Hard to believe old dudes like this can sound as such, but we like surprises in these parts, and Sons Of Bitches definitely falls into that category.” Adds Wicked channel bluntly: “Hellbastard is no joke…”