Hospital Corners - Bastions Album Review
Following in the style of seminal Punk Rock band Gallows, North Wales very own Punk rockers Bastions released their debut album 'Hospital Corners' through In At The Deep End records not only on CD and MP3 but also on a very impressive looking clear splatter vinyl. Having been lucky enough to tour with Gallows in the past and having Frank Carter feature on this record it's no wonder that 'Hospital Corners' is a must have album for anyone who shows even the slightest interest in Punk Rock.
I have always loved great artwork and Bastions don't disappoint. The cover, a young girl sat on a bed in a glare of sunshine in front of a big window, leaves me thinking it's the morning after the night before, and another great caption included is of an empty hospital bed in a corridor which after listening to 'Hospital Corners' could easily become occupied.
'Augury' is a slow builder that starts with steady guitars and intermittent drum parts that feel like left hooks preparing you for what lays ahead, all the while the lyrics "I am shelved and segregated/ struggling to control what I've created" are bellowed out at full scream to draw you into this awesome opener. 'Visitant' and 'In The Shadow Of A Mountain' are a typically hardcore barrage of screams, shouts, drums and guitars that are sure to please any mosh rocking adolescent up for a party. 'The Lengths (When Wants Become Needs)', on which Frank Carter features, is a faster paced track that tells of the darkness that losing love can bring and with its earth-shattering guitars it's a powerful tale.
The excellently titled 'I Tried To Stitch The Sea To The Shore' is moody instrumental which feels like an open space which is slowly clouding over and allows time to breathe before the final assault of 'Onset' and 'Dark Father'.
Clocking in at under 29 minutes this is a first class record from an excellent band on peak of big things.