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Hang The Bastard – Sex In The Seventh Circle | Album Review

British mob Hang The Bastard are back with their second album ‘ Sex In The Seventh Circle ‘ check out our thoughts right here!

Picture Source: Album Art

Picture Source: Album Art

There has been a distinct change in the sound of Hang The Bastard since their first album ‘Hellfire Reign’. This lots second offering ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’ shows a band maturing into a well refined riffing machine that has resulted in an album destined to leave a significant mark on the music industry in 2014.

Predominately considered a stoner band, Hang The Bastard are an amalgamation of a number of different sub-genres, with everything from thrash to doom, with the occasional punk element thrown in for good measure. They have outshone themselves here, having created a coherent sound -whilst drawing influences from all their musical icons- that has given them their own stripes. The ingenuity shown here sees this quartet fall into many sub-genre’s which could reach out to a variety of music lovers. That aside, its the music that carries a band forward – here it could well be the defining moment in this bands career as they have created their seminal work.

We get introduced to this euphoric chanting, as if there was a gathering of monks at the Vatican. It’s eerie sound leaves you with a feeling of ascending to a higher plain of existence. ‘Keeping Vigil’ then transforms into riff laden atom bomb, bellowing with pure guttural angst from frontman Tomas Hubbard. The guitar tones are doused with sludgy elements that could well give the mighty Black Sabbath a run for their money – the production has made them sound pristine. We get led into the frightening, ‘Morrs Tempest’ which slowly simmers through your body, with its stomping bass lines creating ripples in your ear drums. It’s a distinct change in the tempo, as it shatters everything in its path like a raging bull.

This album is like opening Pandora’s box, the further we rummage through the unholy treasures the more we discover. It’s a much longer affair this time round, as we see a natural progression of the band’s music writing ethos – a progression they can be proud of.  The slow burning nature of ‘Mists Of Albion’ is a seven minute behemoth that is fueled by this almost psychedelic 70’s rock riff, that comes with snippets of pure sludgy fuzz.

Rearing its head for another assault of pedal to the metal riffage, is the beastly title track ‘Sex In The Seventh Circle’, which can be heralded as the standout track on this ball-busting album. It walks the fine line between that retro 70’s stoner sound and modern day sonic fusion – making for some exceptional musicianship. Forever keeping the listener on their toes, hooks are cleverly employed in both ‘Absorption’ and ‘Sweet Mother’ which are tailor made to resonate in your brain for the foreseeable future. Hang The Bastard can look back at this album and give themselves a massive pat on the back, whilst emulating the greats in their musical direction they’ve added in a modern element to keep the sound with the times.

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