God’s Bastard - Last Standing Village (2020)


Unleashing a short but sweet barrage of hateful and raw Black Metal, today we have God’s Bastard and their debut EP “Last Standing Village”. Originally self-released last year, on I, Voidhanger Records gives this EP a limited digipak release to introduce the band to a wider audience. Featuring a very raw and direct sound with some Punk/Hardcore elements, similar to bands like Bosse-de-Nage, 20 minutes will pass by in seconds in this very promising release.

Opening with the ravaging “Chaos Apologist”, the listener is quickly immersed with a very chaotic and punishing sound. The band’s brutal onslaughts change from almost Nordic BM riffs at first, to a more diverse and crafty and all-out chaotic mode. Building on their dissonance, “God Raise The Sea” delivers a more carefully constructed onslaught of punishing riffs and some more experimental and jazzy melancholic passages, adding to the band’s unique musical approach, similar to what early Epel Duath used to do.

Closing with the title track, we get some even more deranged guitars paired with screamed and harsh vocals to add fuel to the aural fire. Weirdly enough, there are even some Post-Rockish exploratory passages in this track, potentially indicating a shift in the band’s style in future releases. Overall, “Last Standing Village” is a very powerful EP filled with crafty songwriting and out-of-the-box ideas, making God’s Bastard a very unique band. But we are sure you didn’t need to be told that, as they are signed to a label known to have some of the most unique bands in the business.

Band: God’s Bastard Album: Last Standing Village

Label: I, Voidhanger Records

Release: August 21st, 2020

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Genre: Black Metal-ish

Country: USA

Rating: 93/100

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