MR Xmas Calendar: Hang The Bastard

In the run-up to Christmas, we look at bands and artists which impressed us or had some impact in 2016!

Band: Hang the Bastard
Label: Century Media
Country: UK
Genre: Sludge metal, heavy metal


Hang the Bastard band

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


Hang the Bastard final pic

Hang the Bastard final show at Damnation Festival. Source: Facebook

About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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