Police Bastard, “Confined” CD

cover - police bastard confinedThe two-minute intro that starts out "The Curse of the Cross," the first track on Police Bastard's Confined, just about did me in. Intros -- especially when they choose to simply cycle around one riff / drumbeat / bassline -- can wear out their welcome and kill a song before it really kicks in. Considering "The Curse of the Cross" is a slow, plodding track, it takes a bit to get through. It's a good track, don't get me wrong: it just fucking drags for a bit. It pays off with a song that creeps along, using lines like "the virus has spread" to compare religion to a plague taking over the world. "Sick Sick System," in addition to a clever fucking title, continues the idea that man and religion have scoured the planet. From Mark Orton's cover art through the final song, "Fortress," Police Bastard have presented an album that uses hardcore's battering ram approach to push through a series of songs that depict how humanity has destroyed the Earth. Lines such as "We're sealing our fate" hammer home the idea that mankind has taken the world to the edge of existence, and we'll all soon perish, should we not change our ways. Thankfully, Confined manages to never lapse into Earth Crisis-like preaching, choosing instead to quote the likes of John Gray's Straw Dogs:
"Long after the traces of the human animal have disappeared, many of the species it is bent on destroying will still be around, along with others that have yet to spring up. The Earth will forget mankind. The play of life will go on."
While the music is basic hardcore which occasionally aims for bigger sonic targets, the lyrics and presentation are what make Police Bastard worth checking out. If Mastodon stripped down to a basic metal act and sang about pollution and the hollow goals of capitalism instead of beasts from the depths of the sea, you'd have Police Bastard. Police Bastard's Confined can be purchased from Iron Man Records. [embed]https://soundcloud.com/cvltnation/01-curse-of-the-cross[/embed] [embed]https://soundcloud.com/cvltnation/03-sick-sick-system[/embed]