Listen: Dave Lombardo/Biffy Clyro Project Empire State Bastard Drop Debut ‘Harvest’

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Recently, news came out that the grindcore act Empire State Bastard had signed to Roadrunner Records and was planning to release their debut song; well, as of today, the band has finally released that track, which is titled “Harvest.”

The band was founded by Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro) and Mike Vennart (Biffy Clyro live guitarist and solo artist, ex-Oceansize). Ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be taking part in the band’s live performances alongside bassist Naomi Macleod (of Bitch Falcon).

Regarding this new song, the band provides the following comment: “Empires fall, States rise, Bastards sing…it’s Harvest time motherfuckers!”

You can check out the official visualizer associated with “Harvest” below.

Per a press release associated with the news of this song:

“The concept for Empire State Bastard emerged when Neil and Vennart would spend downtime on tour sitting at the back of their bus sharing the heaviest, most avant-garde and confrontational music they could find.

“Now, a decade on from its conception, the project is finally coming to fruition with Vennart writing the songs and recording all the guitars, and Neil focusing on vocals and lyrics.

“The two have emerged with a collection of songs which adventurously probes slamming hardcore in the vein of Siege; the frenetic, visceral thrash of Slayer; the claustrophobic sludge of Melvins; the freeform vocal dexterity of Mike Patton; and the gargantuan stoner riffs of Sleep. It’s a band that’s rooted in the tradition of metal’s forefathers but informed by more recent waves of leftfield aggression.”

Empire State Bastard has a few shows coming up, and if you are interested in grabbing tickets, visit What do you think of the band’s debut song? Here’s hoping they announce news of an EP or LP in the near future. Below you will find links to other Dave Lombardo-related stories.

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