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Pig Destroyer - Book Burner

Pig Destroyer - Book Burner

Label : Relapse | Archive under death metal / grindcore

Release type: Full-length CD

Richard G. : In the totalitarian regime that has its hold on America, it is the catholic church that holds all the power. Thinking or believing any other thing than the usurpers want you to leads to violent prosecutions by the state. It is either to conform or to die. Whether the setting for Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes' short story is an allegory of the present, or a fearful depiction of the future, we will ask him soon enough. In any case, the soundtrack that he and his band wrote on their new album 'Book Burner' could not have been composed more fittingly.

The bleakness, the violence, pure hate and aggression, the feeling of not being safe anywhere: each and every imaginable emotional connotation with the described terror regime pops up at some point ot another in this collection of 19 tracks of seething grindcore. As ever without a bass, but with extra snappy guitars Scott Hull hacks and saws a path through the intense and intriguing material. It is beautiful to realize how songs of mere 50 seconds can still contain so much information and surprises. The PxDx-purist might need some time to adjust to the slightly more clinical drum sound of newcomer Adam Jarvis. But in any case, respect should be shown for the inhuman rolls and deeply hidden grooves the man constantly and effortlessly lays on the table. For the rest the only thing you can do is enjoy this perfect amalgamation of grindcore, thrash and death metal. 'Book Burner' evidently displays elements of all these genres, yet never leans more towards one or the other. If only "PxDx metal” would not sound so dumb, they might have settled for this moniker, since it would be the most apt title for their unique form of music.

Whether it's with Pig Destroyer or Agoraphobic Nosebleed, every single time Scott Hull manages to redefine the concept of extremity. It makes him an unbelievable visionary who would deserve recognition on a much and much larger scale. Tough luck for him, because that ain't gonna happen so long as he produces this kind of racket!

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