Band: Hang the Bastard
Label: Century Media
Genre: Sludge metal, heavy metal
One of the saddest splits of 2016 was when Britain’s Hang the Bastard called it quits. For a band with a long history (and 17 bassists), there was always a risk of them splitting, but I never thought it would be this year – they were one of the bands who sadly never realised their full potential. Their album Sex in the Seventh Circle was one of the greatest sludge albums of recent years and a follow-up would have elevated the band to higher levels. But let’s not dwell on what could have happened and what did happen.
When they were performing live, whether in their earlier hardcore line-up or their final sludge incarnation, they gave 110% every day on stage. They were one of the best bands of Bloodstock 2015 and drew a huge crowd despite clashing with Overkill. They also got the chance to share the stage with many of their heroes including The Sword, Eyehategod, Corrosion of Conformity and Electric Wizard. Even though I harbour a deep hope they will reform in the future, they still left a fine legacy as the UK’s best underground sludge band.
You can watch Jack’s interview with Hang the Bastard here