Review Summary: When experiencing Prowler in the Yard one might be confused, or concerned, or shocked, or aroused, or all of the above.
“The Voices” is the official name of the very emotive painting that is the album cover for Pig Destroyers, Prowler in the Yard. The image depicts (according to the artist, Paul Booth) a man dismembering himself into tiny piece with a rusty bow saw. All the fingers of his left hand lies neatly lined up next to each other just besides his chopped off penis on a filthy metal plate. The man on the picture is willingly mutilating himself to release his inner demons that plague him. His smile comes from the freedom he is gaining. This image represents the genuine force of delusion. “The Voices” is a truly haunting and disturbing image when analyzed further than just glancing at it. A perfect start for a pretty much perfect grindcore release. Prowler in the Yard is also a concept album telling us the story about the protagonist Jennifer in her aphotic world of gore and filthy passion.
The intro song, Jennifer, has gotten quite the infamous reputation overtime which isn’t really that surprising considering its content. This track is a 1:22 non-instrumental song with nothing more than a robotic Microsoft Sam voice telling us a tail about Jennifer wrestling her friend at the playground but it soon turns into something very different. Jennifer is very disturbing intro but is on the same time very amusing which sums up Prowlers in the Yard very well. It is disgusting and grim but endlessly entertaining.
Drummer Brian Harvey is a beast and a demon at ripping blast-beats. The entire drum performance is absolutely stellar and very varied which is one of the most important aspects to why this album works so well. Brian always makes each song drum track very unique which is really important for an album that has over twenty songs. This entire album was actually recorded in Brians basement on an 8-track. The vocal performance is filthy as hell and has extreme impact. The force the vocalist Hayes applies to his performance is amazing and highly respectable. There is also a lot of playing around with different sounds on the vocals which helps the grim feeling to come alive. This can be heard in songs like Ghost of a Bullet and Body Scout during the end of both songs. Prowler in the Yard was not recorded with any bass but that can be forgiven since the guitar works fine on its own. The guitar-work is highly technical at points and very creative. The guitar, vocals and drums work in perfect symmetry to create devastation.
Like many well written albums, Prowler in the Yard works extremely well when listened in one run as well as having a big difference between all of the twenty-two songs. This album features a lot of variety without wasting any time. It has everything a perfect grindcore release needs. The first important thing is an aggressive energy which is featured in pretty much all songs. The second thing which is almost as essential is the disturbing atmosphere which can be heard in many songs but especially in the last songs such as Hyperviolet and Piss Angel. Prowler in the Yard is packed with different emotions and is bound to leave some kind of impact on the listener.