Pig Destroyer – Book Burner Pig Destroyer – Book Burner

Pig Destroyer are a radical action whose only limitations appear to be the ludicrous sinew that binds us all to this bullshit whirlwind of living. They are loud. They are fast. They are violent. They are a wrecking ball of ratcheted cultural antagonism whose work might be casually deposited in the expanding abscess of grindcore (who had some fine actors in Discordance Axis, Nasum and Napalm Death, sure but still…) if it weren’t for a willingness to expand their rabid ideations beyond the blast beat, cookie monster growling and lazy leather stencil aphorisms through the sociological shitstorm horror of JR Hayes’ narrative and the bowl-shattered guitar chugging of hate fuck riff master Scott Hull (who also works behind the boards) to devise something wholly unique and legitimately terrifying. There’s also Blake Harrison whose noise and screams provide bleak, complementary shadows to the Double H’s sinister undertow and recent acquisition Adam Jarvis (formerly of Misery Index) who rolls out the metronomic PCP with beastly aplomb.

Which bring us to Pig Destroyer’s impending aural catastrophe, Book Burner.

It’s a doozy.

Musically, Book Burner is every inch the lunatic fiasco that Pig Destroyer has ever been. Almost relentlessly brutish but smart enough to conjure semblances of groove and (comparative) breathing room wherever necessary to keep the nineteen-song sonic onslaught from disappearing into background noise for migraine induced memory repression therapy. Brutal, sure (though not so much when compared to the irredeemable catharsis of Mr. Hull’s other project, Agoraphobic Nosebleed [let’s not even talk about Japanese Torture Comedy Hour]), in a way that will send the uninitiated screaming for the suicide booth aghast that anyone would play let alone listen to this crap but will elicit a steadfast “FUCK YEAH!” from those amazed that any band could be so heavy fifteen years into their career without ever once employing a bass.

Lyrically, conceptually the album lacks subtlety. A strange assessment for a band rightly heralded for it’s bloodshot extremities, but hear me out.

Book Burner is an overtly political record. The tone is set in Hayes’ short story, “The Atheist” (dedicated to Christopher Hitchens) which details the radical Christian overhaul of American culture and the barbaric ignorance left in said theological wake as detailed by a nameless survivalist biologist…also, space travel (like The Road as sung in The Wicker Man reimagining Slaughter House 5 as a cartoon anvil to the head [you’ll live but you’ll look like an idiot]) and though the lyrics, proper may defer at times to the intimacies of American snuff poetry (as in “Sis,” “Baltimore Strangler,” “Dirty Knife”) that made Pig Destroyer’s earlier releases so wretchedly appealing (Prowler in the Yard? Natasha? Dude.), most of what is roared on Book Burner is disappointingly obvious in its antiestablishment stance as exemplified in the title track:


(caps added to connote delivery)

I get it. I do. It’s easy to see that things have been so bad for so long that anyone once inclined to metaphor and allegory might find themselves debased and inclined towards the sucker punch of simile, the inky aphorisms once derided from the sheer exhaustion of trying so fucking furiously for years to get anyone, anywhere to break the comfort of their mold and listen to reason. And the he increasingly fucked nature of our times is well worth the ire of anyone with a creative bent and reasonably assembled mind so, of course, Pig Destroyer would rail hard as fuck against the oppressive nature of God, the TV, the government, etc. with as direct a message as possible.

I get it. I just wish I didn’t have to.

Book Burner Tracklist:
01. Sis
02. The American’s Head
03. The Underground Man
04. Eve
05. The Diplomat
06. All Seeing Eye
07. Valley of the Geysers
08. Book Burner
09. Machiavellian
10. Baltimore Strangler
11. White Lady
12. The Bug
13. Iron Drunk
14. Burning Palm
15. Dirty Knife
16. Totaled
17. Kamikaze Heart
18. King of Clubs
19. Permanent Funeral

Pig Destroyer - Book Burner, reviewed by Charles on 2012-10-11T11:37:17-07:00 rating 4.0 out of 5

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