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Sunday Old School: Cripple Bastards

When one thinks of grindcore, the likelihood is that the first thought will turn to the scene in the United Kingdom that produced the likes of Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror and Carcass, while the over the pond, some of the genre's best bands such as Brutal Truth and Terrorizer were formed. But grindcore wasn't exclusive to the UK and the US, there was plenty of demand for extreme music in mainland Europe too, and today, we look at one of the more well known names from this era, Italy's own, Cripple Bastards.

Cripple Bastards originally went by the name Grimcorpses and were formed by singer Giulio the Bastard and guitarist Alberto the Crippler, originally as a punk band with some metal influences, before forging a harder style by throwing grindcore into the mix and changing their name to the now familiar moniker, Cripple Bastards. With this new style, they were able to stand out among other bands and bring some attention back to the hardcore scene in Asti, which is around 34 miles east of Turin, and released a string of split EPs and seven inch singles, as well as the EPs, "Life's Built On Thoughts" and "Frammenti di Vita."

They had become successful enough to perform outside of Italy, first with a gig in Croatia, and in 1996, released their debut full length album, "Your Lies In Check," which clocked in at just under fifty minutes, despite featuring sixty nine tracks. It was limited originally to 3500 copies but put their name further out there amongst extreme music fans and was followed the next year by their first live record, "Massacore Live E.P," after which they continued their tradition of focusing on splits and EPs, with fans having to wait four years until their next full length album.

The record, "Misantropo a Senso Unico," contained fifteen new songs, but had ninety three "flashback" songs and was a very well received album, being placed as high as number six in Terrorizer magazine's list of the essential European grindcore albums. This was also an important release for the band as it was their last to feature Alberto the Crippler, who was replaced by Der Kommissar soon after. Before the new guitarist could be heard however, the group released a compilation album, "Almost Human," through Obscene Productions, who lived up to their name by allowing a front cover featuring a woman giving oral sex at gunpoint.

Following this, Cripple Bastards released some more splits with Corrupted and Regurgitate, before their third full length, "Desperately Insensitive," was released in 2003. Some fans were somewhat disappointed with the record as it had a comparatively cleaner sound than previous releases, but nevertheless, the band were beginning to be invited more to festivals in Europe, including Obscene Extreme and Fuck the Commerce in the Czech Republic and Germany respectively.

It was to be another five years before their next full length album was released, as once again, output was mostly in the forms of splits, including one with Eyehategod and another with Total Fucking Destruction. Eventually though, "Variante Alla Morte" was released in 2008. It further increased their position as one of the essential grindcore groups and this was increasingly instilled with the 2010 album, "Frammenti di Vita," named after one of their old EPs.

They then remained silent for two years before releasing a new EP, "Senza Impronte," followed by another two year break prior to their latest album, "Nero in metastasi," which was released through Relapse Records last year. Their politicised and at time humourous lyrics, along with their unique name and sound have made Cripple Bastards one of the most important bands for any budding grindcore fan to check out and a stand out group in the genre.

Cripple Bastards - "Polizia Una Razza Da Estinguere"

Cripple Bastards - "Misantropo a Senso Unico"

Cripple Bastards - "Fear in the Squats of the Dead"

Cripple Bastards - "Lo Sfregio e le Sue Ombre

Cripple Bastards - "Sguardo Realtà"

Cripple Bastards - "Nemico A Terra"

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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