We are living in times of great Death Metal resurgence. Everywhere we look there are bands paying tribute to the old masters such as Entombed, Morbid Angel and so forth. Bands that time and time again emptied, before the time of downloads, the wallets of young students that “just had to have that new album of…” and I’m sure some twenty years ago some members of Bastard were there, in those steps, in front of the compact disc rack in Skífan or Steinar, contemplating whether they should spend the remainder of their pay from unglingavinnan on Napalm Death’s “Harmony Corruption”, Dismember’s “Like an Ever Flowing Stream” or whatever album it was that had just been released. Those days were a jungle, new releases popping up every other day. Each day a new target in your sight.

Bastard’s music is firmly rooted in the Death Metal of the early nineteen-nineties. Perhaps not surprising considering some of the members come from older and known and unknown bands like Severed Crotch and Entropy, and all have been around for a long time which shows well in Bastard’s music which is heavy and tight, there’s not a sloppy second to be found on this album.

While some bands like to focus on one area in particular, be it Stockholm, Gothenburg or Coventry, Bastard are all over the place with the result that their music sounds as modern as it sounds like classic Death Metal in the vein of bands like Bolt Thrower, Benediction, Morbid Angel and Fear Factory. The end result being an album that is modern as well familiar which keeps the listener firmly in the year two thousand and twelve but at the same time giving him a sneak peak into the world some twenty years ago.

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