Review Summary: And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. /Revelation 6:8/
From all the bands I have ever listened to, All Pigs Must Die
stand out as being one of the most violently demented and eager to deliver hell. Much as their confrontational moniker suggests them being a brass-knuckled backhand to cops it’s in fact a reference to folk/post-punk band Death in June
, but regardless of what the truth is, you probably shouldn’t wear their shirts if your uncle is a cop or your older sister a vegan. With a name that subtle it’s easy to tell what they sound like: Hardcore.
All Pigs Must Die definitely aren’t as straightforward as it may seem. They incorporate elements of grind, doom, death and even black metal into their primitive hardcore sound, creating a beast of an album. All Pigs Must Die
by no means are genre-benders. They are here only to bring devastation, obliterate the week, call the doctors, then proceed to piss on their corpses when they arrive. All Pigs Must Die
have the spirit and energy of the time when hardcore smelled bad, slept in vans, ate gas-station fast food to survive and played for a few local kids to earn money for gas, cigarettes and booze. Even if All Pigs Must Die
don’t sound exactly like the bands of those times, the spirit is there. They fulfill the purpose, reminding you that hardcore is ANGRY.
Already by checking out the title of their latest relapse God is War
, one must understand that they aren’t ***ing around. Obviously, lyrically they are dealing with two themes - Religion and war, and they are doing it in blunt fashion, sans cleverness, irony, or needlessly pretentious literary allusions. God is War
is thirty-two minutes of pure, aggressive music, absent of the need to impress your average neighbor scene kids. God is War
is a relentless blend of grinding riffs, blasts, d-beats and fierce shouting. There is no subtlety here and while other bands start gently - slowly leading you up to the finale, All Pigs Must Die
take no prisoners and blast you like a freight train.
God is War
has an excellent production value and every member of the band contributing with equal measures. There are no messy, indecipherable vocals, sloppy, muddy guitar tones, nonexistent bass, quiet drumming. Most importantly: no breakdowns, Gothenburg riffs and gang vocals about doing your best and believing in yourself. Life is *** for a lot of people right now, and even if you don’t think that all pigs must die, All Pigs Must Die
are repeating back to you your most primal anger and seeking a reaction.