Hang The Bastard - Sex In The Seventh Circle

Do you like riffs? Do you like extremely large quantities of excellent riffs that will induce involuntary headbanging, foot stomping and generally cause you to have a great time listening? If, as you should have done, you answered yes, then Sex In The Seventh Circle, the second full length album from London metal quartet Hang The Bastard is an album for you. 
 
Hang The Bastard, whilst generally acknowledged as a stoner metal band are a band who incorporate numerous different aspects into their sound. This makes them very difficult to attach or pigeon-hole into a metal sub-genre, as elements of hardcore, punk, thrash, doom, sludge and more can be heard on Sex In The Seventh Circle. This reviewers' advice is not to worry about putting a label on it and just sit back and enjoy the ride.
 
After the first few seconds of introduction complete with tribal style chanting, opener Keeping Vigil explodes in a cacophony of thunderous drumming courtesy of Simon Grubb, the first of approximately 79 brilliant riffs from Sam Rice and some quite frankly vile vocals (in a good way) from singer Tomas Hubbard. This is a track that (instrumentally) instantly raises memories of Sabbath at their finest, giving the album an opening of the highest quality. Morrs Tempest continues the enjoyable start, featuring more notable riffs accompanied by a hugely distinctive and enjoyable chug from the bass of Joe Nally before veering into territory bordering on black metal for the second half of the track.
 
 
Moving through the album, Hornfel will appeal to fans of Skeletonwitch as it veers between thrash and doom from section to section while The Majestic Gathering of Goetia will please fans of the NOLA stoner / sludge metal variety. The album kicks into high gear once again with the majestic title track which features some of the best riff work the listener will hear anywhere all year, managing to sound both very retro and modern all at once. Absorption and the album closing first single Sweet Mother are two more noteworthy tracks, full of riffs (there's that word again), brutal vocals and a consistency of hooks in their music that few bands can hope to achieve. 
 
Sex In The Seventh Circle is an album that belongs amongst both it's UK and international contemporaries as one of the finest metal records released in 2014. Whilst the vocal style of the band will be a turn off to certain listeners, the sheer strength and quality of the music are likely to win them large quantities of new admirers as well as thrilling their existing fans. If you didn't know who Hang The Bastard before this album, it's highly likely you will once Sex In The Seventh Circle hits the streets. An absolutely essential purchase.

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Lover of most things with a foundation of rock or metal. Totally bypassed the grunge movement and was introduced to metal by Metallica and the nu-metal revolution of the early 21st century. Extremely keen photographer (music and otherwise).