Favorite

Rhythm & Views 

Pig Destroyer

Avant-grindcore trio Pig Destroyer's latest offering is so wickedly evil that it won't even play on my office computer. No matter: It sounds just fine on my wife's high school-era Yamaha at home, and she doesn't appreciate the music in the slightest. Why? Well, the band sounds exactly like the slaughterhouse its name suggests.

Recorded in various home-recording studios between 1999 and 2003, Painter of Dead Girls is a collection of songs that most likely didn't merit inclusion on Pig Destroyer's upcoming Relapse full-length. Rather than shit-can the results, however, the band has released the material on the small, Virginia-based Robotic Empire label. While I can't recommend Painter to fans of mainstream music, I can still endorse PD as one of the top three bands working within the aggressive-music genre, alongside such groundbreakers as Converge and Curl Up and Die. If you're looking for something to clear the sinuses, PD will blow your brains out.

Track eight, "Blond Prostitute," particularly showcases what PD has to offer: weirdly poetic lyrics ("For a split second your eyes were lambs / As my fingers slipped around your neck on the way to heaven") staple-gunned to nightmarish thrashing--like the sound of someone being strangled to death in a basement. Other highlights? Try the pure carnage of "Purity Undone" and "White Sand." Or the savage covers of the Stooges' "Down in the Street" and Helmet's "In the Meantime."

Even without a bass player, PD brings your worst thoughts to sonic life: war, pedophilia, murder. Nasty, brutal stuff.

More by Jarret Keene

  • Death on Two Rails

    Salvadoran journalist rides the deadly migrant trail
    • Jan 16, 2014
  • Daft Punk and Beyond

    Some of our critics' favorite albums of the year, part one
    • Dec 26, 2013
  • Thighs Like Us

    Ron Terpening's Cloud Cover reveals a sexy supporting character
    • Dec 19, 2013
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Facebook Recommendations

Latest in Rhythm & Views

Most Commented On

  • Robotic Soul and Real Feelings

    Samuel T. Herring's dance moves on "Letterman" brought a lot of attention to Future Islands in a hurry
    • Aug 21, 2014
  • The Genuine Article

    Steff And The Articles are setting off on another tour of the West as their music gains momentum online
    • Jul 31, 2014
  • More »

Facebook Activity

Tucson Weekly on Facebook

© 2014 Tucson Weekly | 3725 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation