Friday, July 1, 2011
Get Into: Ork Bastards
Ork Bastards are basically a perfect band. They come from Russia, and they play some kind of sick dystopian metalpunk that doesn't quite fit into any established scene. While a lot of the individual riffs sound like the work of a lobotomized Destruction, these guys aren't really thrash metal in any meaningful sense of the word. Their songs are too minimal and vicious. Like All Pigs Must Die, Ork Bastards listen really carefully to Discharge without attempting to replicate the Discharge sound. That influence is evident in the general contours of the riffs, in their overall arrangement, and in the pounding punk drumming. Ork Bastards aren't simply reducible to their songwriting, though. Listen to the palm mutes in "Cold Ruined Stones." While the sound is raw as all fuck, the guitarist's picking is crisp and precise, coursing with aggression.There's something about the way Ork Bastards play their instruments that lends the music an intense physicality. It doesn't just make me want to punch someone, it makes me want to hurl myself into furniture and walls.