Combine the phrases ‘new’, ‘EP, ‘Pig Destroyer‘, ‘doom/drone’, ‘Phantom Limb era’ and ‘for a good cause’ in an order of your choosing because any way you phrase it, it sounds great to me. Just click the link.
Even after the initial buzz surrounding the adorable father/daughter grindcore duo Sockweb, no one was really sure how far this unlikely project would go. Perhaps a few songs before the gimmick wore out or the limited attention span of a seven year old girl would put an end to the project, but no; Adam and Joanie Young are sticking with their band for the time being, and have been working on their debut album Werewolf. In fact, the release will see the light of day in the coming months under our friends Monolithic Records!
With the announcement comes a new song titled ‘Bullies Are Mean,’ and it’s a MONSTER. The epic-length (for grind standards) 4 minute track grooves as hard as any Pig Destroyer song with a solo ridiculous enough to come from Buckethead. As always, Jo nails her vocal performance, inspired by her fierce hatred of bullies. Dat catharsis. Go stream it right this second.
Details on Werewolf will be coming down the pipeline soon enough. Like Sockweb on Facebook if you haven’t already, lest you too be considered a big meanie.
If I had my say, there would be a top one hundred list, because I enjoyed so many different albums this year. I’ve changed this list fifty seven times over the past week, so this list is me finally making a decision. It’s honestly been harder choosing this list than it has been choosing classes for next semester. I must say that 2012 has shown that music has not totally gone down the drain, because there are still so many amazing bands I’m just now hearing about, and so many great albums to listen to. So, without further ado, here are the twenty best albums to come out in 2012, and the six best albums that would be twenty one through twenty six that just didn’t make the cut.
It’s been long known that J.R. Hayes of Pig Destroyer is an eloquent writer. His lyrics transcend the realm of pornographic and hedonistic shouted rage that metal lyricism is often discarded as, and are instead often beautiful and poetic. Hayes decided that he had more to say than a two minute long grindcore song could allow, and penned a short story titled ‘The Atheist,’ which was packaged with the deluxe-edition pressing of their latest record Book Burner. Previously, you had to have either purchased the record or be in possession of a promotional copy from the band’s publicists (blog swag get), but now it’s available for all to read at CVLT NATION.
Here’s a taste of the story:
I don’t know what you hate, I suppose it could be anything, but just for a moment imagine that you hate Baseball. As soon as you see it pop up on the television you change the channel in disgust. All of the catching and throwing and running around just seems silly and pointless to you. The crack of the ball against the bat reflexively sends the contents of your stomach surging upwards into the back of your throat. Now imagine that not only are the vast majority of people in the world baseball fans, but that in their fanaticism they have decided; without consulting you; that not only does everyone have to love baseball, but you have to pick a favorite team.
This is my relationship to religion. I was indoctrinated when I was a child, and I wrestled with it through most of my adolescence. My fear of Hell made me fear my own thoughts, my own sexuality. I was taught that man was once perfect, but had since fallen into decadence and degradation. Sometimes they made it seem like almost everything a person could think or do was a sin. Where some saw peace and understanding, I could only see ignorance and xenophobia.
Other people around me would react differently. They were filled with great happiness and fulfillment. They would throw their hands into the air at service, seemingly drunk on God’s love and security. Why couldn’t I feel these things? Was I incomplete? Was I possessed by the Devil? Why did my mind constantly hunger for knowledge and understanding? Perhaps it was like a taste in food or music, maybe one man’s worship is just another man’s boot licking. I guess if you’re going to ask questions like that you have to be prepared to never find the answers.
Brilliant. Read the rest of the story at this location. Go check out Book Burner as well, which is out now on Relapse Records.
02. The American’s Head
03. The Underground Man
05. The Diplomat
06. All Seeing Eye
07. Valley of the Geysers
08. Book Burner
10. Baltimore Stranger
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral
It’s finally here ladies and gentlemen — Pig Destroyer’s first studio album in five years. The seminal grind band with the likes of master guitarist Scott Hull and amazing lyricist J.R. Hayes has returned to bring upon us another masterpiece of grind! However, with the long leave of absence, Pig Destroyer face many challenges that rise up when a band takes a significant time between releases. The big question on everyone’s lips is the same question that every band faces when putting out a new album; is it any good?
Over in a land called Belgium lies a small but beautiful town that was technically built not long after WWI seeing as it was completely leveled during the battle. This town is known as Ypres (Ieper in ‘murcan). Beyond the city limits of this town lies many farms and there you will behold a monumental dual sound stage festival in the late summers. This darling little festival unleashes many bands from several different styles of metal and hardcore and even some of their close friends.
One of the most important things about this festival is that it has an ethical message. A lot of what the festival and its bands are about is a forward thinking lifestyle so it heavily promotes things such as recycling, tolerance, and veganism. I only felt like I was being preached to about veganism once and it was only because a band was buying time because another was late and it was otherwise just the occasional quip about how racism is not all that cool and neither is riddling the farmland we were on with toxic green radiation left from empty pop bottles. That may be all fine and dandy, but the most important thing to us is the music and how much fun can be had at such a place.
Book Burner is available now on Relapse Records.
It’s not even officially released yet and many are touting Pig Destroyer‘s Book Burner as one of the year’s best releases. I’m inclined to agree; the group’s groove-oriented death grind style hit me in all the right places. It’s hard for grind to be catchy, but Pig Destroyer have always seemed to manage it through driving riffs and poetic lyrical work.
Now you can hear Book Burner in its entirety over at the always lovely NPR. I’m sure the Republicans who want NPR’s funding cut are super stoked that the publicly funded radio station gives special highlight to a band whose name is synonymous with “cop killer.” It’s delicious and I love it. Book Burner is out October 23rd on Relapse Records.
Remember how I said that 2013′s iteration of Maryland Deathfest was going to be their best yet? Well I wasn’t lying, and they’ve delivered with an astounding lineup that consists of the likes of Down, Sleep, Converge, Pig Destroyer, The Melvins, Ihsahn, and a boatload more. For next year, they’re also introducing a no-barricade stage at Baltimore Soundstage where hardcore and grind acts will call home. My god!
Here’s the full list of bands you can expect to fill up a weekend in Baltimore next May:
!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic)
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
BOLT THROWER (UK)
CARPATHIAN FOREST (Norway)
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
GLORIOR BELLI (France)
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
DISCIPLES OF CHRIST
FULL OF HELL
ROTTEN SOUND (Finland)
SETE STAR SEPT (Japan)
VITAMIN X (Netherlands)
For more information on the fest, visit them on Facebook, where updates are coming in with the quickness! MDF XI is May 23-26 2013 in Baltimore, MD.
Pig Destroyer‘s new record Book Burner is easily one of the year’s best new releases. It is brutal and it grooves for days. Scott Hull is a riff machine and JR Hayes’ lyrics are as poetic as can be for a genre often discarded for pornographic and gore-filled lyrics. While the group’s latest new track ‘Baltimore Strangler’ isn’t the most overtly poetic and deeply moving song the band has ever written, it takes a certain panache to make one feel sympathetic towards a stalker who strangles women. Second only to Between the Buried and Me‘s lyrics, “Bebop skippity tippity tap those toes!” from Future Sequence‘s ‘Bloom,’ Pig Destroyer’s ‘Baltimore Strangler‘ captivates me with the opening line, “Her neck was built for my hands the way a pine grows for the saw.” Chilling stuff.
You can check out the new grinder at Revolver. It kicks ass. Book Burner is out October 23rd on Relapse Records.