Some say that love is the greatest force in the universe, but those that think this are truly deluded morons. I put it to you that it is hate, not love, that is the strongest force in the universe. Hate gets shit done. Do you think that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb because he loved light? No, of course not, he invented it because he hated the dark and getting burnt by candles. It is hate that changes the world; hate brought down the Twin Towers, hate instigated the holocaust, hate is the most primal of emotions and one that each and everyone of us faces on a daily basis.
Some people channel this hate in crimes against humanity, others bottle it up and store it in tumors whereas a select few channel all the negative energy into a creative force. For the latter case, most hate inspired ‘art’ turns out to be utter bullshit but, as of late, in this particular generation of music there are a handful of bands that have created something immense. Bastions are one of those bands.
The band’s latest offering, ‘Bedfellows Part 1: The Bastard Son’, is 12 solid minutes of concentrated pessimism that will move you a little. It’s the red haze that possesses you when you feel a sickening rage building from within. Listen to it and raw anger will course out of your speakers. Raw is not a term I use lightly: you genuinely feel the throat of Jamie McDonald being torn chord by chord, you sense the sheer energy exerted by Zachary and Jamie whilst they play and, for a short time, you too share a glimpse of their bleak and cynical world.
Whilst their music is dark, heavy and intense, it’s not just mindless thrashing about. Far from it in fact. This EP is vicious, concise and perfectly constructed, like a well formulated argument. If you do not experience hate on a daily basis, then this EP is not for you.
Written by Andy Roberts