A horrible hack

Abolition - Hang the Bastard


Year Released: 2010
Format: 7"
Label: Disposable Culture
Reviewed by I.P. on Jun 3, 2010
This is an interesting time for UKHC. Dead & Gone Records, one of the leading UKHC record labels of the past decade, shut shop last week. The label left behind an unrivalled legacy, releasing a vast musical output which will be near impossible to follow. That won’t stop ‘the kids’ from trying.

Step up Abolition, a young band drenched in the chuggy world of Trial, who’ve adopted the visceral rage of Chokehold and lyrical ire of ‘90s metalcore bands such as Culture. See: ‘No Remorse’. 'Worn Thin', on the other hand, contains flashes of the quirky grooves of Atlas Shrugged, which I can only hope will materialise in the band's future material. Great stuff!

On the flipside, Hang The Bastard have clearly been dipping their toes into Integrity’s back catalogue. With a plethora of UK bands such as Rot In Hell and Wayfarer already abiding by the Clevo regime, HTB are a welcome addition for followers of the formula. That said, there are traces of Kickback’s snarling vocals and discordant riffs in ‘Most Will Swim on a Lake of Fire’, and ‘Cavern’ is an equally menacing effort.

This is an impressive record which points towards an exciting future in the post-Dead & Gone era. Contrary to HTB's obsession with the 'lake of fire', the UKHC apocalypse isn't upon us just yet.
Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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