All posts by Craig Hayes

Semi-literate hobgoblin, full-time shark obsessive, old-school nincompoop.

In Crust We Trust: Vol 4

Thirty-odd years ago, I placed a classified ad in the pages of punk zine Maximum Rockandroll (MRR). I was searching for a penpal who was plugged into the subterranean punk and metal scenes in the

Terror Oath, Blue Hummingbird On The Left, Bloodsoaked Necrovoid: A Bonehead Bounty!

Give Me Alchemy! Give Me Sorcery! Give Me A Bonehead Bounty! All the music released by Iron Bonehead Productions is made by ill-tempered bands with diabolical-sounding plans. The label’s a prolific merchant of arcane and

In Crust We Trust: Vol 3

Welcome to In Crust We Trust: Vol 3, where horrible happenings are firmly embraced and fresh undies are entirely optional. Right off the bat, I want to say a thank you to the fans of

Dark Horse – Ideation EP Premiere And Review

You can sum up the music of Australian punk band Dark Horse in seven simple words: pure intensity, distilled to its rawest essence. To be honest, I’m going to say a few more words than

Warcollapse – Deserts Of Ash Review

Full disclaimer: this is the second time I’ve written about the latest 12″ release from Swedish crusties Warcollapse for Last Rites. Last time I only briefly mentioned the band’s Deserts of Ash LP in a

In Crust We Trust: Part 2

The stench of crust punk is seemingly everywhere these days. Bands like Tragedy, Wolfbrigade, Martyrdöd, and more regularly feature on major/mainstream music websites, and crust is cited as an inspiration by innumerable underground punk and

In Crust We Trust: Part 1

Amebix gave birth to crust punk in the early 1980s, but Ripper Crust, the 1986 demo from Hellbastard, officially christened the sub-genre. Crust’s early years were a hard scramble, with bands like Antisect, Doom, Deviated

Vrasubatlat Records: Pissing Blood For Fun

Influential French philosopher Michel Foucault once said that his role was to make windows where once there were walls. I’ve always thought that’s the job of great music, too. Admittedly, it’s a complicated task. Legions