Tuesday 1 November 2016

Green Bastard - PYRE (Album Review)

Release date: November 16th 2016. Label: Midnight Werewolf Records. Format: Cassette/CD/DD

Pyre – Tracklisting

1.Thoros 18:46
2.Cyclopean Walls
3.Green Dream

Green Bastard - Band Members:

Max - Guitar
Spencer - Bass/Vocals
Ethan - Drums


Green Bastard is a Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal band who creates epic sounds that are influenced by a wide range of different artists such as Sleep, High On Fire and Ufomammut. Though the band inject a more murkier and down-tempo sound that stays brutally heavy from the start. Their debut album – Pyre – contains three epic songs. Each running between fifteen mins to over twenty mins in length.

Opening track - Thoros is a very hard song to describe. Parts Sludge, Doom, Stoner, Psych all held together in one epic twenty minute progressive jam based style of rock/metal. The song takes so many twists and turns that some people maybe put off by the drastic change in direction the band create here. The heavy down-tuned riffs are held together by a pounding bass line that is both fearless and relentless in its delivery. Some people may have issues with the overall sound of the album. Sure it’s raw as heck but that only adds to the overall feel of the album.

Take the vocals for example as they’re very raw indeed. They may not be the most professional sounding vocals you’re ever likely to encounter but at least lead vocalist – Spencer – gives his all on this song and the entire album. Green Bastard treats the listener to some crazy High On Fire/Sleep inspired riffs but still creating their own original sound.

One of the highlights of the album is how the band changes the direction and sound of the album with one brilliantly played sound or riff. Thoros feels like a song that should be broken down into individual chapters.

Second Track – Cyclopean Wells – opens with a distorted drone based sound that gives Pyre an even more unsettling doomy atmosphere. The band adds different noises and epic sounds before the familiar style of sludgy riffs appear. It’s perhaps the weakest song on the album but it does contain some great riffs as the band play a classic style of Doom/Sludge Metal. My main issue with the song is the overall pacing. It takes far too long for the heavy moments to arrive. This song does show that Green Bastard is a highly talented band indeed.

Third Track – Green Dream sees Green Bastard change direction on this track especially with the vocals. Lead vocalist opts for a more clean based sound but still delivered with passion and anger. The song opens with a bleak post-rock sound with elements of psychedelic sludge riffs being added at different moments. It’s a bass heavy affair with quietly played drums giving the album quite a subtle and forgiving mood. Though wait a few moments and the band return to their heavier ways. 

It’s a glorious transformation that band go through on this track. One moment beautifully played post-rock sounds and then the mood changes into a heavier progressive style of Doom/Stoner Metal. Add heartfelt lyrics and you have more evidence why Green Bastard have the talent to go a long way in the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene.

The production is excellent throughout the album even though it’s very raw from the start. Pyre has its faults but for a debut album, it sure does offer an epic ride of genuine thrills and excitement. Overall Green Bastard has created a stunning and highly atmospheric debut album.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Dewar PR for the promo. Pyre will be available to buy on Cassette/CD/DD via Midnight Werewolf Records from November 16th 2016.