Favorite

Rhythm & Views 

Pig Destroyer

There's a truly sickening moment halfway through the opening track, "Pretty in Casts," off Pig Destroyer's Terrifyer, when you suddenly hear what sounds like a beer bottle shattering. For the next few songs ("Boy Constrictor," "Scarlet Hourglass," "Gravedancer"), this improvised weapon is then slowly, gradually pressed against your face. But the actual carving doesn't start until "Sourheart," a flesh-rending, acid-bathed guitar attack that leaves nothing but clean white bone in its wake.

As if "extreme music" couldn't get any more incinerating, along comes West Virginia-based avant-grindcore trio Pig Destroyer, with an album that any number of U.N. weapons inspectors would no doubt be powerless to comprehend, much less detect. Terrifyer is Relapse Records' first real masterpiece this year; Pig Destroyer is astonishingly lethal because each member (banshee J.R. Hayes, guitarist Scott Hull and drummer Brian Harvey) is infinitely virtuosic in his abilities.

In addition to 21 tracks of death by sound, Terrifyer includes a 37-minute audio DVD with an ambient / noise / spoken-word collage called "Natasha" that I would definitely not recommend playing at high volume when you're sitting alone in your house. Also, there's an untitled horror yarn (again, starring Natasha) in the liner notes, presumably written by Hayes, that's no less unsettling. Sound experiments and short fiction? Indeed, it seems Pig Destroyer adheres to William S. Burroughs' maxim: "Nothing is true; everything is permitted."

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

The Range

Make a Special Donation to Help Clean Up The Fox Theatre

What Makes a Tucson Legend?

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • B-Sides: Viva La Vinyl

    B-Sides Celebrates Its Namesake for Record Store Day
    • Apr 16, 2015
  • Swans

    Swans returns with spectral folk in “To Be Kind”
    • Apr 9, 2015
  • More »

Facebook Activity

Tucson Weekly on Facebook

© 2015 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation