“Nothing Violates This Nature”

by Thor

In the internet age, the underground takes up as much bandwidth as the mainstream.  Bands that would have been among the most obscure musical entities twenty years ago are now just a mouse-click away.  As such, underground music’s influence has grown and the number of extreme bands has exploded.  It’s also allowed for this music to be analyzed to a fault.  Everything’s been broken down into sub-sub-subgenres and bands form with the intent of finding themselves residing comfortably in one of the myriad categories that now exist.  It’s easy; just make sure to play the expected, predictable topes of said chosen genre and, boom, you’re a member.

That’s why, on those rare occasions when this reviewer’s earholes are penetrated by music that refuses to be confined to a category invented by extreme metal hipsters and acne-encrusted YouTube trolls…well…I get happy.  And that, fellow Wormsters, brings me to “Nothing Violates This Nature” by All Pigs Must Die. Not being familiar with All Pigs Must Die and based on the band’s moniker, I’d assumed I was in for another dose of blistering grindcore, a genre that I’m quite fond of.  And while it’s fair to state that the music these guys deliver has grind underpinnings, what it is that they actually do is so much more than that.  On “Nothing Violates This Nature” there are blast beats and D-beats and various other grind elements, but there is every bit as much overtly doom-laden groove as well as metallic thrash and little hints of something vaguely melodic.  These elements are all overlain and optimized by the articulate and ultra-angry vocals of Kevin Baker who exudes real visceral intensity rather than affecting a faux-scream because the genre dictates that he must.

That’s not to say that All Pigs Must Die just throw everything against the wall and create a mess, or that they even wear their influences on their proverbial sleeves.  No, their aesthetic is something really streamlined and stripped down, strangely enough.  These guys are very internally consistent from song to song.  The best comparison to make is a band like Meshuggah.  While they don’t sound anything alike, their approach to extreme music is similar in that they don’t seem to meet the requirements of any particular genre, but rather they write and perform metal that’s unique to their own sensibilities and the result is that all these songs sound like All Pigs Must Die songs, but beyond that, they cannot be pegged.

Another highlight of this album is its production.  “Nothing Violates This Nature” doesn’t sound thin and overly processed like so many other metal albums from the digital era do.  It manages to emulate an analog quality that yields a full, rich dynamic range and allows the album’s performances to retain a bit of the organic live-musician vibe.  The doomy grooves are big and the speed is tight and the overall result is clean, layered, and dark.

Featuring songs such as “Primitive Fear”, “Of Suffering”, and “Faith Eater”, All Pigs Must Die’s “Nothing Violates This Nature” is a showcase of unique metal that’s equal parts grind 2.0 and…something else.  This band has managed to make music like I’ve not heard a million times over and they’ve done it not by leaping outside the box, but rather by finding and occupying unexplored space within it.  This album will please fans of early Lamb of God, Carnal Forge, Meshuggah, as well as bands like Phobia and Looking for an Answer.  Check it out, Wormaniacs!