“Book Burner” 

by Thor

I first heard Pig Destroyer upon the release of their first LP, “Prowler in the Yard” back in 2001. I was floored. From the psychotic robotic narrative intro and shifting production values to the neck-breaking circle pit parts and disturbing-as-fuck lyrics, the album still ranks among the top grind albums of all time. They managed to be over the top and accessible at the same time and they did so with a three-piece, a drummer, a guitarist, and a vocalist – a composition my own band would emulate to great success years later.

Pig Destroyer’s albums since then have been good, but have failed to match the aggression and perfect-storm of sonic and conceptual destruction wrought by “Prowler in the Yard”. That is, until now.

Pig Destroyer’s latest opus “Book Burner” is (as the band says), “what grindcore is supposed to sound like.” And it’s the first example of the next step in the band’s evolution since their debut, the first true sequel if you will.

The band, now composed of J. R. Hayes on vocals, Scott Hull on guitar, Adam Jarvis on Drums, and Blake Harrison on samples, plays tight and fast much of time, weaving in and out of 4/4 thrash riffs and pounding tom-tom dump truck interludes. There is zero fat to be found on “Book Burner”, it’s just a huge slab of bloody meat.
The result is an album that’s every bit as catchy as “Prowler” and just as chaotic, but the production is more consistent and with that comes truly weaponized music that slams through a good stereo. This thing may in fact be lethal to your annoying neighbors. The lower frequencies are tightly wound and under control giving “Book Burner” a punchiness and a bottom-end heft absent from their prior output, the drum tones are dynamic and full, and of course the guitar tone is a ripsaw. The vocals, well, they’re angry. I’ll let you extrapolate that into what that may sound like. There’s not much to criticize here.

“Book Burner” is a must own for fans of aggressive grind that isn’t just chaotic, but heavy too. There are no abstractions, no filler, and no ambient monotony. The album’s first track, “Sis” is the album in a nutshell. Listen to it and try to not break something. I dare you.