Vicious Bastard- Post Abortion Lust (Feto)

The grinding sound of man's descent, proudly presented by Vicious Bastard.
Release Date: 
6 Nov 2011 - 11:30pm

Grindcore seems to be one of the few subgenres remaining that is largely devoid of posing or posturing of any kind, on any level. It’s the last angry division standing, screeching out in 45 second snippets of pure unchained rage and desperation against all things false. In its modern incarnation, bands such as Magrudergrind, Wormrot, and Noisear are all there, squarely in the “No bullshit” zone, and joining them, with its debut album, Post Abortion Lust, is UK grind act Vicious Bastard, featuring former members of Malevolent Creation, Anaal Nathrakh, and Venomous Concept.

Vicious Bastard spews forth a bilious brew of blackened grind and punk, with bleeding throat shrieks of anguish and mental imbalance that speak to the schizophrenic times we live in. The song titles are pure sociopath —Dead Hooker, Baptised in Shit, Two Stabs, you get the idea. The overall sound combines modern Napalm Death production value with rapid fire punk and grind power chord slides and a huge presence on the drums courtesy of Dave Walford. It’s new era UK grind, filthy and dangerous, old school in attitude and new school in recording techniques.

There are some old school death metal vibrations to be felt as well on Post Abortion Lust, especially in the intro to Baptised in Shit, which sounds a bit like Massacre with a punk edge. The shrieks of vocalist Luke Orchard stay consistent throughout, and you can practically hear his throat shred and tear. His delivery is very unique—nothing technical about it, but it is undeniably honest and impossibly harsh, severe, and abrasive in all the right ways.

The songs can be fluid, and in the next instant devolve into spastic stop and start, as is the case on Two Stabs. Chewed Up, Spat Out also brings in some brutal death that reminds of the early nineties slams of Suffocation, as does Obsolete. Some famous guest stars also make appearances on the record, with Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway and Anaal Nathrakh’s David Hunt stopping by to join in on the ritualistic vocal chord sacrifice.

Speaking of Napalm Death, the bass tone of Scott Cooper seems to draw heavily from the well of Shane Embury’s rumbling, distorted, overdriven sound, and on no track is this more apparent than when Cooper’s playing is isolated on Crushed Under Foot. The rest of the album is a delirious, swirling blur of punk, grind, blasting back and forth, scissor beats, chugging, slow motion slam, and even a hint of modern day metal in the chorus of Inside We Decay. There is a one-take honesty about Vicious Bastard, as if they started the tape rolling and just let the visceral anger saturate it fully from start to finish. No canned hate here folks.

The wild card on Post Abortion Lust is the final track, From the Smoke (Came Locusts), by far the longest song on the record. The Anaal Nathrakh comparisons are unavoidable—it has the same fierce intensity and blackened outlook. The first and only guitar solo of the album is brought out, and the old school death metal vibe pervades. This one brings out all of Vicious Bastard’s influences—grindcore, black metal, punk, death metal, early nineties chugging, palm muted slams like the grinding gears of a soot coated apocalyptic hell train running off the rails. Things get doomy in the end, and this may be the bleakest offering on the disc. Vicious Bastard is us and them, introspective of the human condition, hopeless and enraged all at once, screaming in abject and utter defiance of all that we have become.