Simon Neil, Mike Vennart’s Empire State Bastard Announce Debut LP

'Rivers Of Heresy' is due on September 1st...

Simon Neil and Mike Vennart will join forces as Empire State Bastard.

The project is about a decade in the making, and follows numerous conversations from two close friends. A metal-tainted project that walks on the wild side, Empire State Bastard is joined by a very special guest – Slayer legend Dave Lombardo.

Debut album ‘Rivers Of Heresy’ is out on September 1st, with Empire State Bastard set to preview new material with a special slot at Download Festival.

Says Mike: “I set about making the most fucking poisonous vile music I possibly could, just unabridged hatred in musical form.”

Cheery chum Simon adds: “Lyrically, it’s as misanthropic and nihilistic as I’ve ever written.”

Debut single ‘Harvest’ is out now; catch Empire State Bastard on tour this summer, joined by live bass player Naomi Macleod of Bitch Falcon.

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