|Origin||Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom|
|Labels||Meantime Records, Earache Records, Peaceville Records, Combat Records, Acid Stings, Bomb Factory, Control records, Selfmadegod records, Patac records, Civilisation records|
Hellbastard is a band formed in 1985 in the United Kingdom. "We're above all that pigeon-holed B-S cross-referenced, cross-indexed childish crap" claims Bassist Jake Martin.
Members "Scruff" Lewty, Phil Laidlaw and "Scotty" formed Hellbastard, which was to be a combination of Crass-like politics and the music of Slayer. In 1990, after several EPs, full-lengths and line-up changes, the group appeared on the Combat-Earache compilation album, Grindcrusher, with the song "Justly Executed", from the Earache Records Natural Order LP.
They are considered to be a hugely influential band in the crust punk genre. The genre allegedly adopted its name from the band's first demo, Ripper Crust. They are also considered to be a part of the crossover thrash scene. After leaving Hellbastard, Scotty later went on to form hell krusher. At one time Vocalist/Guitarist "Scruff lewty" and ex-guitarist "Nick" (Nick Parsons) played for their friends' band "Energetic Krusher". Hellbastard also passed on a deal with Vinyl Solution Records in 1989 and gave the chance to Energetic Krusher, subsequently their Path To Oblivion album appeared soon after. Hellbastard opted to sign with Earache . Original vocalist/guitarist "scruff" set about Reforming the band in 2008 and HellBastard concluded umpteen American and European tours. . Prior to this "Scruff" formed other acts, including Nero Circus, Sidewinder, King Fuel, Heavy Water, The Dischargers, and Moodhoover; all of which (with the exception of King Fuel) released albums and toured extensively. HellBastard today in 2018 are busy writing the new album which by their own words will 'be vicious and different'. Taking the huge discography into account since 2008 this is no surprise. The band just keeps on giving and giving. When frontman 'scruff' was recently cornered in a NYC vegan cafe he had this to say - Passion, respect, dedication and actual song WRITING instead of talking utter patheticism all the time always gets a better reaction.......".