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Pig Destroyer - Head Cage - 90%

Orbitball, September 27th, 2018
Written based on this version: 2018, Digital, Relapse Records

Well, even though they're categorized as being grindcore, they don't have an overabundance of blast beating drum-wise. Sure with the opener you hear some intense Mick Harris (ex-Napalm Death, ex-Defecation) blasting, but it slows down. Most tracks have few real intense fast paced music, but I'd say that there isn't an overly technical album with crazy tempos. There are some tracks that have some, but most of them aren't overly-intense. They're more groove-laden death metal to me, not grindcore. It reflects some newer Napalm Death and some of the riffs reflect that of Nasum, et al. Nasum was definitely faster than these guys.

I think that the album is at least enjoyable to listen to though they do have some noise terror on a few intros to songs. The guitars are solid, thick and catchy. That's what separates this from being a "B-" rating on the previous review to an "A-" rating on mine. The music is wholly original but like I said they do show their influences on here. However, they have their own kind of groove/kick to their sound. That makes them seem to come into their own in the songwriting process. I have no experience with this band except for this one, though I just downloaded more of their music on what I could find via Spotify.

What sets this band apart from other grindcore acts are the diversity in style. They seem to blend with other genres not just one. These guys know how to BRING UP THE NOISE!!! But not all the time, they mainly flock to sounding death metal-ish rather than anything more extreme. You can disagree with me on this one but really from what I'm hearing there are only a few songs that go literally insane. Most of the time you have the vocals screaming with rhythm guitars flowing like a stream. They do some pretty darn good songwriting here and the riffs are really catchy. Even through this album like most grind records are 30 minutes long, you'll want to hear it multiple times!

This is a great release that came out earlier this month and I enjoyed it immensely. They're in a sound of their own. A lot of variety in the tempos and the production quality was pretty good. Not your typical kind of grind act, but there are songs that reflect real grind, but they usually slow down tempo wise. The vocals are pretty much screaming all the time, no fluctuation there. But the guitars have that unique riffing style and the music is pretty well orchestrated. Worth every minute of your time! This album is available on Spotify so check them out before you buy the physical copy. I've already ordered my CD. Are you going to support the band and buy yours?