Pig Destroyer
Phantom Limb


4.5
superb

Review

by Attis USER (12 Reviews)
March 29th, 2012 | 67 replies | 2,611 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My knuckles are bleeding on your front door, and these flowers are wilting in the rain. They were for you and now they are for no one.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It’s unbelievable just how much Pig Destroyer have evolved from their first attempt at music in the form of their 1998 debut album, Explosions in Ward 6. Hailing from Washington, these lunatics first played a cacophonous, albeit primitive and undeveloped offshoot of this brutal metal subgenre before really coming into their own with their genre-defining sophomore offering, Prowler in the Yard. With the band adding its successor and superior Terrifyer to their extensive discography 3 years later, fans were starting to wonder if Pig Destroyer would ever run out of their sick, perverse ideas. If Phantom Limb is any indication, they’re not even close to showing any signs of slowing down. At all.

Phantom Limb is the band’s most mature and dynamic record to date, while remaining magnificently disgusting. Buried in a noticeably improved production, Phantom Limb is 30 minutes of nonstop, pounding grindcore that will leave your head spinning. The thrashy, hardcore riffs born in the sick, twisted mind of Scott Hull (arguably the genre’s most prominent guitar player) are infused with intensity last seen on a Carcass or early Daughters album. While being as angry as ever, Pig Destroyer also seem to be gravitating more towards death metal in terms of tempo and overall compositions. The vocals are still ear-piercing and injected with emotion, pushing the boundaries of the genre even further in terms of personality. Moreover, Phantom Limb sees the band improving the dynamics of their songs, giving them more room to breathe. Rarely resorting to endless blast beating, the album switches between aggressive breakdowns, eerie samples, groove-y passages and even some ambient sections, constantly keeping the listener on the edge of his seat. As with most grindcore albums, lyrics in Phantom Limb play a prominent role in instilling horror and disgust in the listener, yet Pig Destroyer continue the trend of eschewing traditional gore subject matter in favor of introspective, political messages. Lines like ‘a self-imposed quarantine from diversity only serves to restrict our capacity to evolve; nationalism is a malignant cancer which must be carved out by the blade of individualism’ give Phantom Limb a large (but not surprising) amount of depth, rendering the album highly replayable and intelligently brutal.


Pig Destroyer show that they’re currently one of the, if not the most mature and dynamic bands in the stale grindcore genre, further evidenced by the release of Natasha in 2008, an evil and ambitious mass of pulverizing sludgy ambient doom. Phantom Limb shows that, as long as these guys are still active, the genre is alive and kicking.



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Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of my all time favorite albums in the genre, feedback is appreciated

CaptainDooRight
March 29th 2012



28295 Comments


pos




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VinVal
March 29th 2012



644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yea i fell in love with this album the very first time i listened to it, and i love it still. Pretty good review, pos

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thank you fellow true grinders

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

cant wait for the new album, these guys are getting better with age

IAmInsect
March 29th 2012



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good review man, album rules.

Funeralopolis
March 29th 2012



10976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pos cus Pig Destroyer

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Funeralopolis
March 29th 2012



10976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Actually read the review was real good

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thanks man, more people need to check out this band

Fatbagofcrack
March 29th 2012



21 Comments


Love this, cant help but turn it to Terrifyer when i start listening , i hump that album daily

KILL
March 29th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha good one fade

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Funeralopolis
March 29th 2012



10976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I can never decide if I like this or Terrifyer more

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the two are almost interchangeable for me but this has better production and better dynamics

Cells
March 29th 2012



1875 Comments


this album is only second to terrifyer, good review. Pos'd.

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

prowler in the yard is good too but its a little undeveloped and lacks any standout tracks, whereas this has heathen temple and terrifyer has towering flesh

Funeralopolis
March 29th 2012



10976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That stretch from pretty in casts to thumbsucker is best thing they did

Graveyard
March 29th 2012



5588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

How does this compare to Terrifyer?

Attis
March 29th 2012



333 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the spirit is intact but this ones a little better i think

HenchmanOfSanta
March 29th 2012



1850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this band but this is not as good as Prowler or Terrifyer.

Wizard
March 29th 2012



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OMG PIG DESTROYER, TRVEST GRIND!

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