Originally formed as a side project towards the last couple of years of Motörhead by Phil Campbell, the former Motörhead guitarist of 32 years, the band decided to take it up a level and revealed the new name of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS at Wacken Open Air 2016. A self-titled EP was released a few months later. Led by one of the genre’s most respected guitarists and completed by his sons Todd, Tyla and Dane the band emerged onto the 2017 touring circuit powered by a huge amount of good will, a smattering of Motörhead covers and a handful of new songs that crackled with passion and swagger. Landing themselves a prestigious support slot on GUNS N’ ROSES 2017 summer stadium run, the BASTARD SONS hit the ground running.
By the time the band released their debut album, The Age Of Absurdity, in January 2018, this honest rock ‘n’ roll enterprise had organically blossomed into a pretty big deal. The album garnered widespread great reviews, picking up an award for ‘Best Debut Album’ at Metal Hammer Germany’s 2018 awards. Two years later, recorded and engineered during lockdown by guitarist Todd Campbell, the second album was just the tonic people needed. It’s called We’re The Bastards and it was bigger, better and even more raucously uplifting than its predecessor with top 40 national chart entries in 4 countries!
Shortly after the band announced to the world the recruitment of new powerhouse lead singer Joel Peters in January 2022, the band entered their studio at Stompbox Studios, South Wales, UK and began writing and recording the album at the beginning of 2022.
After putting the songwriting groundwork in throughout the Spring, the bastards then entered their busiest festival season to date including performances at major festivals such as Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, Graspop Metal Meeting and many more throughout the summer of 2023. After the busy festival season the band then had time to reconvene to put the finishing touches on their new album, Kings Of The Asylum.
Kings Of The Asylum picks up where We’re The Bastards left off: you get eleven hard-hitting, honest-to-the-bone heavy rock cuts, including stand-out singles such as the stadium rock hymn ‘Strike The Match’ and the fast paced banger ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’. This is the definitive version of PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS – the band has further perfected its timeless yet invigorating inyourface hard rock and they are looking forward to presenting their explosive new material live this autumn… on stages all across Europe!
Posted: October 30, 2023
Premier rock outfit PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have revealed a new video for their track, 'Maniac', ahead of their headline UK tour that kicks off this November.
Posted: September 01, 2023
Today PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS release their third album Kings Of The Asylum via Nuclear Blast Records. To celebrate the release the band have unveiled a vibrant new live video for the track 'Strike The Match'.
Posted: July 25, 2023
The new track is the second song to be taken from their upcoming third album, Kings Of The Asylum, which will be released on 1st September via Nuclear Blast Records.
Posted: June 22, 2023
Rock and roll royalty PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS have announced details of their upcoming third album Kings Of The Asylum. The album will be released on 1st September.