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Limited two CD edition includes a bonus CD containing seven additional tracks. 2012 album from Metal demi-god Scott Hull and his Grindcore friends. Apart from Pig Destroyer, Hull is also a member of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Japanese Torture Comedy Hour.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sis
  2. The American's Head
  3. The Underground Man
  4. Eve
  5. The Diplomat
  6. All Seeing Eye
  7. Valley of the Geysers
  8. Book Burner
  9. Machiavellian
  10. Baltimore Strangler
  11. White Lady
  12. The Bug
  13. Iron Drunk
  14. Burning Palm
  15. Dirty Knife
  16. Totaled
  17. Kamikaze Heart
  18. King of Clubs
  19. Permanent Funeral

Disc: 2

  1. Depression
  2. Wolfs Blood
  3. Lights Out
  4. Can't Tell No One
  5. Deny Everything
  6. Betray
  7. Who Are You?


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B009439HHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,710 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Quite a lot has changed during the intolerably-long five-year wait for Pig Destroyer's new album, 2012's "Book Burner," the fifth full-length release of the band's career. For one, the Virginia/Washington D.C.-based collective, who had long been known the world-over as being a three-piece, recruited a new, fourth member in Blake Harrison, a self-described "noisemaster." (Admittedly, he does very little to enhance the group's sound, but the electronics and noise bits that he occasionally brings to the table are undeniable.) And secondly, longtime drummer Brian Harvey left the fold in 2011 after more than ten years of service. But anybody worried that the band's bottom-end (they do not use a bassist) would suffer without Harvey was sadly, sadly mistaken. Adam Jarvis (of Misery Index fame), who was enlisted also in 2011, proves here that he is every-bit-as-much the absolutely godly drummer extraordinaire that Harvey is. His foot speed is blistering fast, and his dexterity is absolutely terrific. As such, the Pig Destroyer trademark grindcore assault that you grew up with remains pure, unbridled, bludgeoning, and nihilistic today.

If you like your extreme metal teaming with scorching riffs (that are influenced equally by death metal, hardcore, and thrash), merciless blast beats, simple, moshable hardcore breakdowns, and some of the most brutal and atonal vocals this side of Barney Greenway, then you definitely came to the right place. Brevity is also practiced here with expertise, as P.D. tear through these nineteen tracks in just under thirty-two minutes. And they fly through the first nine songs in just ten minutes.
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Pig Destroyer manages to rise above their peers consistently - and they have oh so many utterly forgettable, mediocre peers in this genre - because they understand and appreciate the album as a form of art, something I deeply respect. Hell, it sure took them long enough to release their latest masterpiece - but clearly the wait was worth it. It's been 5 years since Phantom Limb ripped us eardrum from eardrum, and the mighty Pig Destroyer returns in peak condition with Big Burner, arguably their best record yet. From a production standpoint, it's by their most full sounding recording. The band knows how to build atmosphere with creepy introductions and vocal samples that go beyond being superfluous additions (see "The Bug" and its intro featuring Larry King reading from Henry Miller's novel "Tropic of Cancer"). The artwork on Book Burner, like with their last two releases, manages to disturbingly convey the sense of malice and foreboding that awaits your headphones once you dig in. JR Hayes' lyrics are some of the most literary and disturbing in music. Sure he's telling horrifying stories but the point is he's telling stories not just shouting murderous non sequitors (for God's sake the guy attached a short story "The Atheist" to the deluxe edition - do albums come with a more "complete package"?).

Of course where Pig Destroyer earns their money are within the ever-expanding confines of Scott Hull's legendary riff collection. Quite simply, it doesn't get a lot better in the heavy metal riff department than this. I'm consistently amazed by how excellent his arrangements are and how he manages to use 15 riffs in a two minute song and somehow make them all stand out.
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I've been a big fan of this band since Terrifyer and this album only establishes them as true champions of the grind era, let's not forget about Napalm Death because they are the origin of true grind, so follow your own oath to the darkness and accept this album as a true gem and one of the year's best....
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First off let me say that, drummer Adam Jarvis, went to the same high school as I did when I was a kid, which has little relevance, but just blows me away, and I love Misery Index. To learn here that he sat in with Pig Destroyer is even more impressive. Now let me say that I love Pig Destroyer, and this little hardcore punk record is excellent.
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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.
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