Review Summary: An essential grindcore album
I am by no means at all a fan of grindcore, but this album was very well praised and i thought i might check it out. I didnt really expect to enjoy the album as much as i did, but this album is truly incredible, definitely not something I would expect from this genre. Pig Destroyer are one of more popular and more accessible grindcore bands out there. I can assure this album won't be everybody's cup of tea, but if you enjoy heavy, thrashy music then there is a good chance you will enjoy this album. So let's get on get on to the actual review, shall we?
So why is this album so good? Well, many reasons first being that the album has 21 songs, and every single one of them is memorable. The songs are full of memorable heavy riffs that stick to you. In¬*almost every grind album I've listened to, all the songs seem to sound the same to me, but this is not the case here. Every song has it's own personality, and stands out from the other songs, and considering the large amount of songs on this album, that's pretty impressive. Every song on this album clocks in around 1 minute, the over all length being just over 30 minutes, so the tracks will fly by as your listening to the album. The album starts with a track titled "intro," and I will admit, this track scared the crap out of me upon my first listen of this album, and after that song ends you are thrown into the action as you are bombarded with 20 tracks of pure violence and aggression.
Another thing that really stands out are the lyrics. Their dark, gritty and some of the lyrics don't make much sense, but they leave a lot of room for interpretation. The album itself is very dark, heavy, and full of unrelentless energy, and does not let up for a second. This is in no way an "easy listening" album.¬*And the musicianship is phenominal. The drummer, Brian Harvey, can play at an inhumane speed, and he is honestly one of the best drummers out there in metal. The guitarist, Scott Hull, also contibutes a lot to this album, putting out thick, heavy, and very memorable riffs, and he shows that this band doesn't need a bassist to be heavy. ¬*On top of that, J.R Hayes vocals on this album are amazing as well. This guy screams at the top of his lungs and you can tell he is pissed off, the vocals perfectly compliment the music itself.
All the tracks are amazing but the ones that stand out the most are Gracedancer, Towering Flesh (my personal favorite PD song), Carrion Fairy, and Verminess. If you want to listen to grindcore music, this is a great album to start with, because not only is it easily the best grindcore album of all time, but it is up there as one of the best metal albums of all time. And yeah, I do realize I'm a PD fanboy, but I honestly don't care, this album kicks ass. I recommend you give this album a listen if you haven't already.