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 but are now very much back in action again, tighter, more powerful and still as annoyed as they were from the off.
With the scarce availability of heavy music (especially heavy music with decent lyrics!), HELLBASTARD bring SOCIALLY AWARE lyrics and an unclassifiable form of punk/thrash metal music to the international stage.
Founding member Malcolm "Scruff" Lewty (Vocals/Guitars) saw fit to reform the 'Bastard in 2008...The mischievious, unkempt-looking "Geordie" frontman comments; "It had to be done. There was a massive interest in the band worldwide and a friend called Vicente from Los Angeles made a HELLBASTARD internet site which got thousands of hits in a very short time....this was all well and good but it was consistency that had a big part in the HB revival. It was things like this and my own gut instinct which told me to reform the band, besides it is a great LIVE band...if I wasn't IN the band I'd definately wanna go and see us live! It's the ENERGY and PASSION I guess...it always comes across".
After worldwide album sales of well over a million, their latest full-length album, "THE NEED TO KILL..." (Selfmadegod/Civilisation records) and latest E.P., "ECO-WAR" (Selfmadegod Records) both received rave reviews in the worldwide press and have helped bring HELLBASTARD's music to an entire new generation of listeners.Over the past couple of years, HELLBASTARD have completed a full headlining tour of Europe (2009), two headlining tours of the USA (2009 and 2010) and a UK/Eire tour in 2011. The band will soon be entering the studio to record a new album set for release in 2012/2013.
Also, HELLBASTARD recently recorded some new material for a special 12" split picture disc with friends DRESDEN (USA). This will be released on PROFANE EXISTENCE records sometime in 2012.
HELLBASTARD ARE BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!!!
HEAVIER, WISER, ANGRIER...HELLBASTARD, 2012