ALBUM: Hang The Bastard – Sex In The Seventh Circle

Release Date: September 22nd, 2014
Label: Siege Of Amida/Century Media Records
Website: www.hangthebastard.co.uk
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Rating:

With the UK very much a current stamping ground for spittle flecked, noxious hardcore, it’s certainly a gallant move from Hang The Bastard to largely forgo their anarchic roots in favour of more traditionally metallic climbs. The result, however, sees sophomore LP ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ an iron clad study in Sabbathian groove and cavernous Hammer Horror dramatics, making us wonder just how this London quartet have kept these devil horned histrionics under wraps for so long.

Curtain raiser ‘Keeping Vigil’ is astonishing, a turbo charged riff monster with all the hip swinging stomp of vintage Crowbar and a tangible whiff of old school charm. Indeed, dialing down the pace and reigning in the freneticism, Hang The Bastard sound as primitively destructive as they have ever been, with the like of ‘Morrs Tempest’ and ‘The Majestic Gathering Of Goetia’ riding on a backbone of giantesque guitars and acidic sludge. Couple this with Tom Hubbard‘s caustic black metal screech, and that satanic clout is in total command.

It’s not all foot-on-the-monitor riff worship, with ‘Mist Of Albion’ as progressive as it is melancholic and atmospheric time out ‘The Lesser Key’ taking a stab at some eerie ambiance, but it’s when the band lock into that lumbering, weed drenched rhythmic thud that Hang The Bastard sound thoroughly at home (‘Sweet Mother’, ‘Hornfel’).

Thankfully, ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ rarely strays from its righteous fuzz fuelled path, and ultimately delivers an experience worth its own weight in riffage. And that’s heavy.

Written by Tony Bliss (@TBliss88)