‘Spectres’ by Bast
Review by Matthew Green
This album could only have come out in the here and now. With metals black, heavy and, especially DOOM melded and spliced together in such bravura fashion, Bast have created something that inches the boundaries of Metal ever further.
Vocals shriek from icy wastelands and bellow across vast plains, guitars ooze, ripple and gallop like warm tar, icicles and majestic steeds while the rhythm section is both crisp and rumbling, strict and loose – all of which was corralled wonderfully by producer Chris Fielding at SkyHammer Studios, which may explain the hint of Conan wafting over these grooves.
So much potential and so many possibilities present themselves here and I very much hope that a couple of albums down the line we are proud to rank Bast alongside the Electric Wizard as the absolute finest of British Metal.
Find more Bast links here.
Bast will be supporting Conan on their upcoming UK tour. Dates are as follows:
Conan and Bast UK tour 2014:
March 14th Nottingham, Stuck on a Name Studios
March 15th Bournemouth, The Anvil
March 16th Birmingham, The Asylum 2
March 17th Glasgow, Audio
March 18th Aberdeen, Downstairs
March 19th Manchester, Kraak Gallery
March 20th Cardiff, The Full Moon (also with Spider Kitten and Gorgantuan)
March 21st Brighton, The Prince Albert
March 22nd London, Electrowerkz (also with Indian and Dead Existence) – ticket link