PIG DESTROYER – “Phantom limb” LP, Relapse Records, 2007

Has it really been that long? I guess it has. It appears they were only just tearing Melbourne apart yesterday. For those not hip, Pig Destroyer are one of the most chaotic and insanely riffed grindcore bands to walk the earth. What we have here is a plethora of blast beats, heavy guitar, and screaming vocals mixed in with samples. It’s pretty darn brutal. Unfortunately for me, I missed out on the first pressing of this LP cos it was snapped up pretty quickly but I was lucky enough to get my hands on the repress on glorious red vinyl. Pig Destroyer vinyl seems to always look good. I mean, just check out the amazing cover art to this very LP designed by John Baizley.

As for the music, there is a time and a place for Pig Destroyer… a nice romantic night in with your partner is most probably not the ideal time to be blaring out he likes of “Fourth Degree Burns” or “The Machete Twins”. But hey, who am I to judge? If that’s what you’re into, go for it! To anyone else, approach this album with caution. This shit is off the wall. It’s so crazy and fast and the guitar just riffs itself away (there is no bass, just a guitar) and the vocals sound like a nightmare. Yeah, it’s brutal. It’s good. I don’t normally get down and funky with the likes of grindcore but Pig Destroyer are something else.

The vinyl itself was pressed at Pirates Press so you know the quality is damn good. Really awesome record and excellent thick card packaging.

Track listing:

Side 1:
Rotten Yellow
Jupiter’s Eye
Thought Crime Spree
Cemetary Road
Lesser Animal
Phantom Limb
Heathen Temple
Fourth Degree Burns

Side 2:
Girl In The Slayer Jacket
Waist Deep In Ash
The Machete Twins

The band:
Brian Harvey – Drums
JR Hayes – Vox
Blake Harrison – Noise
Scott Hull – Guitar


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