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Background information
Origin Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
Years active1985–1992
Labels Meantime Records, Earache Records, Peaceville Records, Combat Records, Acid Stings, Bomb Factory, Control records, Selfmadegod records, Patac records, Civilisation records
  • Malcolm 'Scruff' Lewty

Hellbastard is a band formed in 1985 in the United Kingdom. "We're above all that pigeon-holed B-S cross-referenced, cross-indexed childish crap" claims former Bassist Jake Martin.


Early history

Members "Scruff" Lewty, Phil Laidlaw and "Scotty" formed Hellbastard, which was to be a combination of Crass-like politics and the music of Slayer. In 1990, after several EPs, full-lengths and line-up changes, the group appeared on the Combat-Earache compilation album, Grindcrusher , with the song "Justly Executed", from the Earache Records Natural Order LP.

Crass punk rock band

Crass were an English art collective and punk rock band formed in 1977 who promoted anarchism as a political ideology, a way of life and a resistance movement. Crass popularised the anarcho-punk movement of the punk subculture, advocating direct action, animal rights, feminism, anti-fascism, and environmentalism. The band used and advocated a DIY ethic approach to its albums, sound collages, leaflets, and films.

Slayer American thrash metal band

Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California. The band was formed in 1981 by vocalist and bassist Tom Araya and guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Slayer's fast and aggressive musical style made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer's current lineup comprises King, Araya, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt. Hanneman and drummers Dave Lombardo and Jon Dette are former members of the band.

Combat Records was an American independent record label from New York City. The label was home to predominantly heavy metal and punk rock acts including Megadeth, Circle Jerks, Nuclear Assault, OZ, Death, Dead Brain Cells, Possessed, Crumbsuckers, Agnostic Front, Agent Steel, Dark Angel, Heathen, Zoetrope and Exodus. In 2017, it was announced that Combat was being relaunched by Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Thom Hazaert as a new label imprint under their EMP Label Group.

They are considered to be a hugely influential band in the crust punk genre. The genre allegedly adopted its name from the band's first demo, Ripper Crust. They are also considered to be a part of the crossover thrash scene. [1] [2] After leaving Hellbastard, Scotty later went on to form hell krusher. At one time Vocalist/Guitarist "Scruff lewty" and ex-guitarist "Nick" (Nick Parsons) [3] played for their friends' band "Energetic Krusher". Hellbastard also passed on a deal with Vinyl Solution Records in 1989 and gave the chance to Energetic Krusher, subsequently their Path To Oblivion album appeared soon after. Hellbastard opted to sign with Earache . Original vocalist/guitarist "scruff" set about Reforming the band in 2008 and HellBastard concluded umpteen American and European tours. . Prior to this "Scruff" formed other acts, including Nero Circus, Sidewinder, King Fuel, Heavy Water, The Dischargers, and Moodhoover; all of which (with the exception of King Fuel) released albums and toured extensively. HellBastard today in 2018 are busy writing the new album which by their own words will ‘be vicious and different’. Taking the huge discography into account since 2008 this is no surprise. The band just keeps on giving and giving. When frontman ‘scruff’ was recently cornered in a NYC vegan cafe he had this to say - Passion, respect, dedication and actual song WRITING instead of talking utter patheticism all the time always gets a better reaction.......”.

Crust punk is a form of music influenced by English punk rock and extreme metal. The style, which evolved in the early-1980s in England, often has songs with dark and pessimistic lyrics that linger on political and social ills. The term "crust" was coined by Hellbastard on their 1986 Ripper Crust demo.

Crossover thrash is a fusion genre of thrash metal and hardcore punk. The genre lies on a continuum between heavy metal and hardcore punk. Other genres on the same continuum, such as metalcore and grindcore, may overlap with crossover thrash.



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