Malcolm "Scruff" Lewty - Guitars/Vocals. Pete Salvage - Guitars. Laine Pearce-Rees - Bass. Nathan Ellis - Drums.
Stephen "Joint" Lea
Sounds Like: Amebix, Discharge, Slayer band, Napalm Death, Motörhead
Label: Selfmadegod, Civilisation, Earache, Patac
Manager: Postal Brother Management
"I now tell the children that if they won't brush their teeth, I shall invite Hellbastard 'round for tea..."
(John Peel - Radio 1 Rock Show)
HELLBASTARD is often cited as being THE BAND who created the "crust" wave of the 1980's. They formed in late 1984/'85 then died a premature death in 1992 ...See Full Bio
“Utterly vicious and as annoyed as ever, the palm-muted riffs, demonic thrash runs, caustic chords, and the furiously acerbic and charged bass tone form a robust buttress for the persistent and uncompromising determination from which the vitriolic, socially-aware lyrics are delivered. With its Beg to Differ/Prove You Wrong-era Prong-like chorus, ‘Arcadia’ has more hooks than a psychopath’s cellar and will have you hanging and wanting more. The title track is a thrash attack so hard that you’ll piss your face (I’ve checked; it is possible. Honest). The fury in the frantic riffs and neck runs are compounded by the barbed vocal delivery and the devastating drums. Need a rest? Not a chance. The acidic venom of ‘System Whore’ is ruthless, its non-conformist message all the more raging in its elaborate structure that includes a disconcerting melodic and atmospheric latter half peppered with tormented voices echoing their anguish in the mist. 8/10”