PORTLAND SPLATTERTHRASH, Part 3
Last we checked in with the Bastards was HERE, where I offered my professional opinion on their 2004 album Dusk of An Ancient Age (I was in favor of it). While not exactly deserving of the "Splatterthrash" moniker, Fall of The Bastards nonetheless belong in this series due to their inter-breeding with bands like Splatterhouse, Lord Gore, Menacer, and Engorged (more on them later). FOTB's sound was delivered with a little more Norse crunch than their contemporaries, and a focus more on darkness, death, and melancholy than gore, blood, and horror flicks. To quote myself: "Apocalyptic, thrash-y, death-y, crustcore/black metal is what I would call it, delivered in a flurry of dreadlocks, malevolence, and fists thrust triumphantly skyward." Indeed.
While I consider Ancient Age to be the superior album between these two, Trees is still a stunning mission statement, a raw, sinister, and at times haunting crescendo into utter blackness and oblivion. Plus, you can dance to it!