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THE BASTARD SONS – Release The Hounds

| On 24, Apr 2015

York-based five-piece, The Bastard Sons, have a knack for writing a catchy track. If you aren’t nodding along after 15 seconds, you won’t, because ‘Release the Hounds’ is much the same throughout; sing along (well, mumble, maybe) vocal hooks, riffs to bash out on your air guitar and a rhythm track to aggressively nod or tap your foot to.

Think heavily distorted blues, with a shouty man, fat bass lines and heavy drums. A bit like Cancer Bats, but less visceral. There could be a Pantera influence in there, and some Black Sabbath, too. There’s a guitar solo with wah, which is very satisfying, because I find it hard to pull off without sounding clichéd. If I had to criticise, I would say that the song is incredibly repetitive, so might make some people turn it off before it’s over. However, it’s such a good riff I really don’t mind.

Groove is a word I would heavily associate with The Bastard Sons. In fact, going off this song, they deserve to have a band photo next to it in the dictionary. Currently working on their debut album, you should expect big things from this quintet.

Jake Parker

Review Overview

Jake Parker
10

Excellent

Think heavily distorted blues, with a shouty man, fat bass lines and heavy drums. A bit like Cancer Bats, but less visceral.