Pig Destroyer
38 Counts of Battery


4.5
superb

Review

by Confessed2005 USER (105 Reviews)
July 21st, 2007 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Brutal. To be quite honest, that is all that needs to be said here.

Brutality. It is something that some humans crave subconsciously. It could even be said that many show their love for the disturbing, the bleak and the terrifying a bit too much. Well, whatever. What I am trying to get at is that Pig Destroyer are the kind of band that could satisfy the nightly bloodlust of the most twisted and deranged of serial killers. Their sound is the epitome of aural obliteration; a cacophony of destruction in the form of Scott Hull's 7-string guitar attack, Brian Harvey's unrelenting battery behind a drumkit and the vocal monstrosity that is JR Hayes. Pig Destroyer hit the scene way back when with their first EP entitled Explosions In Ward 6. After Relapse signed the band, this album was released (which includes all of the material Pig Destroyer had penned since their inception into the world of metal).

38 Counts of Battery is exactly what the title implies; grievous bodily harm aptly put into CD format. You know you are in for something different when you realise only 10 of the albums 38 tracks (yes, the album does have that name for a reason) go over the one minute mark. As soon as the disc starts spinning in your CD player, Pig Destroyer's primitive, undeveloped, yet oh-so signature sound hits you in the face like a sledgehammer. Walls of sound to be quite honest; and these walls might as well be made out of the hardest substances man can find. It would be difficult to do a track-by-track of the album - in fact, the idea itself sounds abysmal...

So I shall do my best to sum up the albums positive and negative points for you. Put simply, this isn't an album for fans of melody, progressive music or bands that write tunes to convey a wide array of emotions. Pig Destroyer pen extremely brutal grindcore; JR's voice (and his lyrics) convey the kind of anger associated with the truly psychotic individuals of this world. Blastbeats are aplenty and guitar riffs are scathing - at times you can actually feel your ears be slowly consumed by the rusty teeth of a chainsaw (metaphorically speaking, the guitars will buzz away at your brain until it is no more than a pulpy shadow of its former self.) Album opener Deflower is 28 seconds of pure insanity; a vocal effect introduces the song before the listener is pounded and beaten relentlessly. Vocally, JR sounds quite different on this release. As showcased on Phantom Limb, his style is more refined now - on 38 Counts he demonstrates just what awesome range he has. Low growls, death grunts, his trademark mid-range angry shout and some terrifying high vocal shenanigans are all in abundance throughout. Standout sludge-fest Pixie is also a good example of Pig Destroyer wearing their influences on their sleeves - the track is full of Melvins groove and riffs thick enough to be classified as aural treacle. Honeymoon showcases just how good Hayes' range is; his high-pitched screams simply split my eardrums apart - delightful.

Other highlights include all of the covers spread around throughout the album. Melvins, Carcass and Dark Angel all have tributes here; and all of them are very good. Some might be thinking the album loses intensity or creativity towards the end. Well, they too would also be very wrong. Right from the opening vocal sample of Deflower to the crushing final track of Frailty In Numbers, the three piece grindcore outfit never let up.

As far as bad points go, it really is all about opinion. I for one think this album is fantastic but it definitely has its flaws. The production is nowhere near as awesome as it was on Terrifyer and Phantom Limb; that said, the raw sound helps to make the album that extra bit brutal. Just check out Delusional Supremacy to see what I mean. Also, the additional demos seem as if they were just hastily added to the album to flesh it out a little bit more. By no means are they a pointless listen - the demo's definitely have their place and are an interesting listen. Lyrically, JR has never had a downpoint in the band's career - he has always been the master when it comes to dark, deranged lyrical genius. Once you've bought the album, it really is worth checking out darklyrics.com to see what all the noise is about.

In conclusion, Pig Destroyer's 38 Counts of Battery is a good album. In fact, its great - but lets not forget that this is a grindcore album. And we all know that grindcore isn't everybody's cup of tea. A wish for variation will not be satisfied and neither will a wish for ambience or melodic stuff. But to be honest, when grindcore is this good, who the hell cares?

Recommended Tracks

Deflower
Unwitting Valentine
Oven
Honeymoon
Pixie
Delusional Supremacy
Flag Burner

But seriously, just buy it or download the whole thing.



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any14doomsday
July 21st 2007


680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked your review. I haven't heard all the extra stuff on this, Explosions in ward six is my favorite pig destroyer album. I think the underproduction kind of helps in this situation.

rattlehead42147
July 21st 2007


1345 Comments


great review, i just can't see myself getting into this band ever.

LifeInABox
July 21st 2007


3709 Comments


Another nics PD review my friend. So which is better, this or PITY?

Confessed2005
July 21st 2007


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

PITY is better. I had a hard choice deciding whether this was a 4 or a 4.5. PITY just has a killer concept and every track is great. This is more of a straightforward assault of brutality and PITY is more multi-dimensional in comparison.



Thanks for the pos votes!

Digging: Drown In Sulphur - Blackwind

kalkal50
July 21st 2007


2386 Comments


excellent review, dude, I really like your introduction.. I feel like liking Pig Destroyer

LifeInABox
July 23rd 2007


3709 Comments


It's hard not to. I'm going to look for PITY.

Confessed2005
July 24th 2007


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet, if you can't find it, add me on MSN/AIM and I can send it to you if you so wish.



MSN: desecrate_through_reverence@hotmail.co.uk

AIM: Confessed2005 (but comment me back here to get me on AIM, don't frequent it tbh).

Fort23
July 24th 2007


3071 Comments


Sweet review man. Ive never picked up this one, but I like these guys so I might.

Confessed2005
August 2nd 2007


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album needs more listeners!

lospokey
August 8th 2007


87 Comments


good review

TheHamburgerman
October 26th 2007


1465 Comments


quite funny how almost every song is under the 1 minute.

Confessed2005
October 26th 2007


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Except for Pixie really.

Confessed2005
October 29th 2007


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's really annoying that people have rated this and the band's other albums a one when they clearly haven't heard the material.

TrojanWhore
July 30th 2009


752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the most insane albums I own.

definitelynot
October 24th 2009


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Love the first album. If this was a review for Explosions In Ward 6 alone I'd give it a 5, but the rest of the comp isn't at the same level imo, especially not the covers :p. Still love it.

FadeToBlack
August 8th 2010


11044 Comments


what the covers are probably the best thing about this

DeathByAstonishment
July 12th 2012


269 Comments


Disagree with the rating. Easily some of their worst work.


Their latter albums are miles better, mostly thanks to the production; really it make or breaks grind for me.

Confessed2005
March 1st 2017


5063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album still rules hard. Delusional Supremacy is ridiculous.

ianblxdsoe
February 25th 2018


1916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid review, cool to see some older users still kickin here. great fuckin album too

HYPERVIOLET
March 16th 2018


25 Comments


Yellow line transfers perfect



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