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Ferocity and chaos in a metal maelstrom,
This review is from: Book Burner (Deluxe) (Audio CD)
First of all, there's been a lot written about Pig Destroyer, especially since "Book Burner" is their first CD in about five years. That leaves the uninitiated wondering what all the fuss is about, and if said listener isn't a fan of, or familiar with the hardcore of early Husker Du, the noise and destruction of '90's grindcore like Napalm Death and Carcass and maybe a smidgeon of deathcore thrown in for good measure, he or she better fasten their seat belts and hang on because Pig Destroyer will overwhelm them and pin them to the walls.
I hesitated at first buying any of their music because there is a huge number of terrible metalcore and screamo bands out there, the majority of which can't write a decent song, can't carry a tune in a bucket and can't play anything that sounds like a recognizable hook or riff. It's just downtuned guitars, going from whatever note they've tuned down to, D or C and going up one half note and back and calling it a riff. Pig Destroyer understand that just sheer cacophony for its own sake doesn't cut it. They play with all the subtlety of an F5 tornado in your bathroom, but play notes you can actually latch on to.
I get hints of early hardcore, as I said earlier and just enough death mixed in to give the songs structure. Other than that, this 32 minute blast is enough to create sink holes out in your yard while it's playing. Songs are short and come and go as fast as they start. It's a whirlwind, unforgiving and perpetual. One has to read the lyrics to find out what the songs are about. Unfortunately, I didn't notice there was an expanded edition to this Cd. However, given the intensity of "Book Burner", brevity is wisely used before the attack becomes monotonous noise. It's about as good as modern grindcore can be.