Sunday, September 28, 2008

ALBUM OF THE WEEK


Pig Destroyer 'Terrifyer' 2004,Relapse Records

Terrifyer is not a new album, it came out in 2004. And even though its almost 5 years later, I've steady banged it since it came out because it rules that much. So it being the Album of the Week is something I feel that I must do to affirm my love for this epic, face smashing masterpiece! This record is a symphony of distorted harshness that will rhythmicly assassinate the stereo in question. It is somewhat unbelievable how much this album destroys. Pig Destroyer is from Virginia, they are a vocal/guitar/drum attack, that of a razorblade hailstorm. The vocalist JR, who is also a member of Agoraphobic Nosebleed, delivers screams that are unmatched on most of your metal records, its ridiculous. Plus, dude is an award winning poet for his lyrics in Pig Destroyer, which of course deal with some very morbid subject matter such as murder, senseless violence,necromancy, cannibalism, etc. But since they are indecipherable shrieks when listening, the lyric sheet in the album helps to provide that extra layer of dark and creepy aesthetics, which to me enhances the whole feeling of the record like a zillion times. In fact, the creepyness that this band has, has set them worlds apart from most of the other fucked up deathcore, gore outfits, often corny and false. But Pig Destroyer is far, far from false. As a 3 piece, they smash the living fuck out of most bands that have more dudes. And almost everyone knows that Pig Destroyer rules, they ruled way before this LP even came out. They've released several albums, the one before it,'Prowler in the Yard' was a straight up, over the top metal assault that earned them kings of extreme metal status, so everyone anticipated Terrifyer and it totally delivered. It is true that extreme metal sounds like a retarded subgenre of silly shit (the word extreme just does that), but it sort of fits Pig Destroyer because they're just on some next level crossover thrash/grind/speed/death type sonic punishment. Its difficult to explain, but many bands try and do the whole one million miles an hour, total annhialation thing, but this band really pulls it off. In fact they own that shit, to be more specific. They're like a more nihilistic Napalm Death, but consistently faster and with rawer production. So Terrifyer is an excellent album and it is a big deal! To make it more special, its a double LP... The 32 minute album itself but then the whole other LP is an experimental 30 minute mini album entitled 'Natasha.' AND you can get that shit in 5.1 surround sound, if you want to! Now that right there, is some Pink Floyd, prog-edout bludgeoning that is both remarkable and asscrushing- I suppose it just further proves that this band has no rules and will circumsize your turntable with whatever sounds they feel like. I have for real listened to Terrifyer a thousand or so times, as have I banged the new one 'Phantom Limb,' alot also (which is dope, but to me not as ill as this one, or old ones like Explosions From Ward 6), so whatever Pig Destroyer rules and Terrifyer fucking rules ! And thank you Zachariah, for being a hipster who cannot see the value of records like this, and trading it to me for a knit shirt (which of course was cool but not even close to this record).Its beutiful, gatefold with double blood red, 180 gram!

3 comments:

30c said...

that is most definitely that shit right there. !

better people said...

fuck yeah!!!
it's about time someone gave this masterpiece the praise it deserves...i also have loved this album for many years and i feel it is the total culmination of perfection that "prowler in the yard" & "painter of dead girls" were leading up to...
to me, one of the most impressive aspects is that hardly any of these songs breach the 2 minuet mark, with some being as short as 12 seconds...
word to you zarlac...you have most eloquently made an awesome point...

bite itself said...

yeah, this record is way better than phantom limb. but anyway, its scott hull, the guitar player, who is the mastermind of agoraphobic nosebleed. i think the vocalist has done some vocals for agoraphobic, but he's not the only one. the grindfather richard from enemy soil (now of drugs of faith and a totally excellent dude) does or did a lot of them. i think its pretty much scott hull and whoever he feels like hanging with at the moment, other than his drum machine.