Hate Your Guts - Bastard's Disease
Record Label: Eulogy Records
Release Date: June 21, 2010
Hailing from Connecticut, home to legends of hardcore such as Hatebreed and 100 Demons, Hate Your Guts is a fast, aggressive, and in your face hardcore band. Their full length record, Bastard's Disease, is a record that will not be ignored in the hardcore community.
Bastard's Disease is a blistering release to say the least. Throughout the record the guitar and bass work is either lightning fast or a barrage or heavy chords that hardly slows down to catch a breath. Rob Coon (bass) and Pat Serpe (guitar) really play off of each other well to create a hardcore record that is a true vent of frustration. The drumming is superior for a hardcore release and helps to create the atmosphere of anger that Hate Your Guts is trying to convey. The vocals on the record are throaty yells supplied by their front man Rob Anderson. His vocals aren't anything that break the mold but they work well with the type of music the band plays.
It is hard to hear exactly everything Anderson is screaming but if you get a chance to read the lyrics they are very deep. Themes ranging from how you feel god has ignored you ("Tounges") to having to deal with a relationship that only causes pain ("Stockholm, USA") and drug addiction ("Barrows"). The themes have been done by hardcore bands in the past so they are nothing new but Hate Your Guts does it fairly well. Bastard's Disease has a lot to say about the world and if Hate Your Guts wants to say it on this record, that's perfectly fine by me.
Overall the record doesn't break the mold but it is a record worthy of multiple listens. This record is truly a "grower" and the more you listen to it, the more fond you will become of Bastard's Disease. With all of that being said, if you are a fan of hardcore I urge you to pick this record up.