Metal Review: Hellbastard – Sons of Bitches EP (2012)

Hellbastard - Sons of Bitches EP (2012)Here is a little glimpse back in time for you. UK’s thrash / crust metal / crust punk veterans Hellbastard has a new EP entitled Sons of Bitches. Hellbastard is one of the most influential bands in the thrash genre since their inception in 1984 and even defined the crust punk genre with their first demo, Ripper Crust.

After a split in 1992, founding member Scruff went on to form bands such as Nero Circus, Sidewinder, King Fuel, Heavy Water, The Dischargers and Moodhoover. After a lengthy hiatus, Hellbastard reformed in 2008 and, while not as well-known as they once were, they have maintained a prolific output since their reformation.

With five new recordings, but only three new tracks, Sons of Bitches has a lot of substance with such little content. The first three tracks, Arcadia, Sons of Bitches and System Whore are new compositions while We Had Evidence and Throw the Petrol Bomb are re-recordings of earlier tracks.

The first item of note with Sons of Bitches is that the production is much improved, but we would expect that due to the time when their earlier work was produced. The tracks are all riff-driven, energy infused anthems that are made to piss off your neighbors when you blast them, and you have to blast these tracks loud.

The first three tracks are all incredibly solid with no dull points throughout. Time has done nothing but good things for this classic thrash outfit. The guitar work is lean and intense. They have a great tone and they know when to have the guitars shine through to elevate the tracks.

Reaching back into history with We Had Evidence is very exciting. The thrashing riffs are still there and reminds me of why Hellbastard was as influential as they became. The riff work is not the fanciest of work, but is solid and carries this track to a new level.

As far as Throw the Petrol Bomb goes, I hope they got that out of their system. It is a two minute ska track that I can tolerate because of its length, but after listening to four tracks of heavy thrashing riffs, Throw the Petrol Bomb is not how I would have liked to see them close out the EP.

Overall, add this to your collection straight away. Hellbastard is no joke and is as strong as ever.

Sons of Bitches Track Listing:
1. Arcadia
2. Sons of Bitches
3. System Whore
4. We Had Evidence
5. Throw the Petrol Bomb