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A Renaissance of Grindcore? - 93%

EdwardtheBlack, May 2nd, 2004

Upon my first listening to Prowler in The Yard, I found it odd and confusing. People said they were the best grindcore band out there now that Napalm Death was all flannel and haircuts. I just had no idea what to expect. The almost complete lack of guttural vocals stood out, the vocalist wailing in what seemed to be more parts pain than anger. The drumming was frantic, yet not the bog-standard "4 beats of hat and snare for three and a half measures, insert tom fill." The guitar work had a distinctly southern sound throughout the whole albumn. Instead of British corrupted steel, it was more like a Southern twang -wonderful and unpredictable for my ears. The speed of Carcass, yet the warm tone of Kyuss or, dare I say, Pentagram. This may be a bit much on the guitar workings of the albumn, but I feel that Hull might have taken lessons from Tommy Iommi. He is the next riff-master, despite the rumors of riff-stealing. Each song with guitars is infectious, warm, and groove-inducing, despite the fact they clock around 30 seconds in length.

Despite the gruesome cover art, the albumn's concept as a whole is far less morbid than the artist's rendition. It basically begins with a text-to-speech robot discussing the ethics of art vs. pornography, which is merely used to get the listener into a crazy mood, seeing as how the underlying theme is being crazy. Once put into my crazy trance, the story told is a story of pain, betrayal, and eventually murder. A man stalks his ex-girlfriend, contemplating his next move -as well as the past- from a hidden point. This man you have superimposed yourself as while listening to this albumn really is crazy, and a great job of conveying his thoughts is done very well lyrically, as well as musically. The wails represent his pain almost at a molecular level, while the instrumental section seems to well summarize -if not elaborte upon- his skittering, almost random, train of thought. The production is top-notch, and some of the vocal effects are in a class of its own. This is definately the best grindcore albumn I have heard this millenium. even with other newcomers like Watchmaker and Nasum biting at their heels, Pig Destroyer still manage to stay one step beyond them, and both of the aforementioned bands were still unable to top Prowler in the Yard with their 2003 releases.

All in all, Pig Destroyer have made a definite landmark albumn for their genre, if not metal as a whole. I highly suggest this albumn to anyone that has never heard grindcore before, or even the old stalwarts of the grindcore scene, and the newcomers to metal that hearken to hardcore and the like.