Hellbastard – “Sons Of Bitches”

Hellbastard – “Sons Of Bitches” (Selfmadegod Records)

Hellbastard were a product of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain (not that we should be grateful to her for that lol!): with heavy industry in terminal decline, 3 million people unemployed and little hope for young people except welfare there was real anarchy in the air. Rather than dying as expected by the elite, punk had evolved from its fashionable roots in the 70s to spearhead a new movement based on class war, militant social struggle and overt political action by the underclass. Wallowing in their impoverishment, embracing bitterness and reveling in social disorder a new breed of crust punk proudly trod the streets of their land unwashed, raggedy and brimming with hate. Bands like Crass and Amebix were their standard bearers, but so too was the influence in the bastard child of metal known as thrash. And so Hellbastard was born. Utterly raw in every sense, Hellbastard were like a good kick in a yuppy’s nutz – raw, hoarse vocals, ugly thrash riffola and riot squad drumming said it all back then and still do on songs like the raging ‘System Whore’ and the wall of noise ‘We Had Evidence’. These days Scruff & co are more technical with more Slayer-esque lead breaks and – gaspo – even time for a reggae piece in ‘Throw The Petrol Bomb’ but their militancy remains. Hellbastard are the real anarchists and are still out to mash up Babylon mate.

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