[21 Oct 2009]
New band on Holy Roar Number 438574 (bored of keeping count now)
Say hello to Hang The Bastard. I would have put up a picture of the band, but they have had 89348364 bassists to date and dont have any photos with latest, and greatest, bassist Stuart Cooney (also, apparently, HTB have a 'b-squad' of members in case anyone, sans Chris on vocals, cant do a gig!).
Hang The Bastard first came to our attention dotted around a few London shows about 18 months ago. Their (original?) bassist began sending us demos too, and whilst we liked what we heard we had yet to catch the band live. We then put them on a show with the_Network in Brixton on a Sunday night and we felt like we royally fucked the band off with, essentially, a bit of a poor show. We kept tabs on them though and early this summer I saw the band play Bar Monsta (or whatever the fuck its called now) in Camden and they fucking DOMINATED the place. They were in charge and along with Brutlaity Will Prevail, completely won me over that night.
Recently I pretty much told the band as much, we all went to Bodeans (duh, where else? When are fucking Bodeans gonna sponsor me?) and so in 2010 we will be releasing a cd (length to be determined) by the band in 2010.
To me the band sound like Eyehategod, Electric Wizard and Sabbath learning Slayer riffs whilst listening to Integrity and Ringworm and bringing the sweet times. Im loathe to use the term 'metalcore' because it has come to represent TASTE OF RELENTLESS CHAOS KILLSWITCH OF GOD TOUR '07 and idiots, but once a upon a time metalcore was fucking awesome (do your homework sucka) and HTB are a prime cut from a sweet era, whilst still pushing forward and being relevant to both hardcore fans and pretty much fans of heavy music in general.