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Pig Destroyer

Pig Destroyer: Phantom LimbPhantom Limb (2007)
Relapse Records

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If you were to look upon a piece of fine art, and later fall asleep entering a nightmare based upon the imagery of that painting or sculpture, Pig Destroyer would undoubtedly be the sounds of your dreams. With their latest release, Phantom Limb, Pig Destroyer has again proved to be one of the few ac.
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If you were to look upon a piece of fine art, and later fall asleep entering a nightmare based upon the imagery of that painting or sculpture, Pig Destroyer would undoubtedly be the sounds of your dreams. With their latest release, Phantom Limb, Pig Destroyer has again proved to be one of the few acts in extreme music that the word "art" completely applies to. The new album is able to further their status of being a rather "uniquely" artistic act within such a heavy genre, while allowing the band a bit more room to push themselves creatively.

Musically, the album moves along the lines that you might be expecting: frantic, pulse-raising drums, more (and better) guitar riffs than you, me, or Kerry King could ever hope to be writing, and vocals that sound tortured (in the most literal sense). Essentially, this album does stay within whatever box you wish to place it; but be warned, throughout its 38-minute running time, Pig Destroyer take that box and violently stretch its walls it into a living creature, curving any straight line you may have thought to put against them.

Scott Hull's guitar lines start to vary; during "Heathen Temple" the middle has a bit of a "bounce" to it. The band itself step away from writing incredibly short songs when "Heathen Temple" reaches a time of 3:30, and "Loathsome" clocks in at 4:04...you know, the time any normal pop song might span. Lyrically, J. R. Hayes takes each song one at time, unlike predecessor Terrifyer, but still delivers awe-inspiring lyrics. Pushing his way further from what you might expect, there are two "love" songs on Phantom Limb, and the anti-misogyny of "The Machete Twins," which takes the girls off of Hayes lyrical chopping board, placing the knives in their hands for a change. There is also the addition of a fourth member to Pig Destroyer on Phantom Limb: Blake Harrison comes to the tables as (fittingly) a noise man. His presence is unfortunately missed throughout most of the album. Hull described the situation of his late arrival in the band as such in an interview with Decibel Magazine: "His part will evolve into something more substantial, but right now we're just developing it slowly." However, there are a few choice moments of subtle undertones and whispers here and there.

As much as Pig Destroyer does push their own compositional limits on Phantom Limb, they are also very busy doing what they do best. Once the album begins, the band does not give you a chance to catch your breath until the end of "Lesser Animal," Track 6, with (what could be from Blake Harrison) a sampled preacher recounting dragging a burn victim from a fire, with vivid words and delivery (probably not the break you were looking for); from this point on Pig Destroyer sprint towards the final, seven-minute untitled track. This track is not a song, but more of a soundscape (think "Natasha"); while it does not hurt the album at all (it is the last track), it is not necessary to enjoy the album either.

Much like another extreme band that are looked on as artists, Pig Destroyer take care with their album art. John Baizley's art work does not disappoint, bringing consumers Pig Destroyer's second album cover in a row to feature bare breasts. All in all, the CD package is beautifully done, and between Hayes' lyrics and the art, it is definitely worth owning. Without trying to figure out which are my favorite lines, I have to say this album brings some of J. R. Hayes' finest work; the body of work he has produced leaves me hoping he finally gets around to publish some short stories/books soon.

With the album artwork, the lyrics, and the frantic music put together, this album comes out as hands down the best extreme release so far this year. If grindcore or any other sort of extreme metal has ever peaked your interest, this is a fine album to start with; just don't except to top it soon.

 

 
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Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

Perhaps the greatest "extreme music" band playing nowadays. Scott Hull is a fucking genius. However I'm still unconvinced it's as good as Prowler or the impeccable Terrifyer; I was hoping for another concept album, myself.

"No, no, no. This is beautiful,
this is art."

Big_Guy (August 25, 2007)

this album is so so good

Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

Looks like someDarkest Hourart.

Anonymous (August 25, 2007)

i dunno man, phantom limb isn't doing so hot after that showdown at cremation creek.

Score is for this comment.

-K

Holy_Balls (August 25, 2007)

I just farted and since it rumbled on my seat, it sounded like double bass. Score is for my hardcore fart.

thus_spoke_sean (August 24, 2007)

even though its the internet, so everyone has to be a dick about it.....thanks for the Piqued comments, i really just didnt know.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

nudity rules.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

"Pig Destroyer has again proved to be one of the few acts in extreme music that the word “art” completely applies to."

Are you kiddding?? I could name plenty of bands that are more artistic than PD. Not saying that PD aren't burly as fuck, but they aren't even the tip of the creative iceberg, even with all the boring "scene metal" coming out these days.

That being said, I'm not a very huge fan of PD, but this record has kind of rekindled interest in them, so it's definately a very strong album.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

its PIQUED.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

Shit fucking album. Shit review. This is "art"? Clean out your fucking ears you halfwit. This is shit, plain and fucking simple. Nothing since Prowler has mattered, and this band is giving every reason to think that nothing they do in the future will matter either. Fuck this band.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

That cover art looks like some hardcore guy's sleeve.

well played, indeed.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

i dunno man, phantom limb isn't doing so hot after that showdown at cremation creek.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

I hate reviews that say something along the lines of, 'best extreme release of the year.' You must have listened to 100's of 'extreme' records this year mr. reviewer to make that all-knowing, bold statement.

And again, proofreading? Piqued

Archangel (August 24, 2007)

That cover art looks like some hardcore guy's sleeve.

Anonymous (August 24, 2007)

This album is amazing. It's definitely going to be in my top ten at the end of the year. When Loathesome was first posted I instantly was super stoked for the it and was not let down one bit when I actually bought it.

Albert_Belle (August 24, 2007)

"More and better guitar riffs than you, me, or Kerry King could ever hope to be writing" ...But Kerry King sucks.

xote (August 24, 2007)

This album is good but not the best in my opinion sometimes a song will have a sort of mosh feel to it they never had before but im jaded.

Ianw (August 24, 2007)

he meenz grind

wallofyouth (August 24, 2007)

i like bare breasts

i hate the term 'extreme music'

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