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Pig Destroyer Terrifyer

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01. Intro 02. Pretty In Casts 03. Boy Constrictor 04. Scarlet Hourglass 05. Thumbsucker 06. Gravedancer 07. Lost Cause 08. Sourheart 09. Towering Flesh 10. Song of Filth 11. Verminess 12. Torture Ballad 13. Restraining Order Blues 14. Carrion Fairy 15. Downpour Girl 16. Soft Assassin 17. Dead Carnations 18. Crippled Horses 19. The Gentleman 20. Crawl of Time 21. Terrifyer
2004 Relapse Records
Our score 9

by Cory
10/23/2004

For me, this year has seen quite a few releases that I have been pleasantly surprised by. Bands like Cattle Decapitation, Converge and countless others focused their efforts on songwriting over technicality or brutality with exciting results. While they certainly weren't slackers to begin with, Pig Destroyer definitely wins my "Most Improved Band" award this year. Terrifyer lifts them, in my estimation, from a fun - but relatively unlistenable - grind band to an accomplished and shockingly versatile metal band. While their other records always had a certain niche appeal, this will undoubtedly be a breakthrough record for the band and a leading contender on many critics' year-end top ten lists. For those unfamiliar with Pig Destroyer's back catalog, their previous efforts were among the most extreme grind ever produced. Akin in style more to Agoraphobic Nosebleed than Carcass, they had essentially perfected the thirty-second song format. It came as a bit of a surprise to see nearly all of the disc's songs clocking in at well over a minute. But these songs possess something that Pig Destroyer often lacked: cohesion. They also seem to have brought some previously unheard influences to the table, including lots and lots of thrash. They've always had great chops, but this record really shows them off. There's even a guitar solo! The record seems to be missing some low end, but that shouldn't strike many fans as unusual since they have no bass player. There are two added bonuses that make this album an essential purchase in my mind. The first is the inclusion of a DVD containing the track "Natasha," an ambient doom epic longer than the entire Terrifyer album. While it doesn't really stand alone as incredible, as a bonus, it's great. Add to all this a package that comes as close to visually capturing Pig Destroyer's aesthetic as humanly possible and you've got one of the most worthwhile owns that's come along in some time. Bottom Line: This is another in a string of powerful releases from Relapse this year. Any fan of metal or grind is sure to appreciate Terrifyer. If you liked Pig Destroyer before, I'm sure you've already witnessed this record's majesty. If you haven't, you need to. End of story.

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fuk_ 10/23/2004 10:48:36 AM

pirst fost!


hijacker_ 10/23/2004 10:52:25 AM

damnit!


hijacker_ 10/23/2004 10:55:24 AM

Pig Destroyer definitely wins my "Most Improved Band" award this year. Terrifyer lifts them, in my estimation, from a fun - but relatively unlistenable - grind band to an accomplished and shockingly versatile metal band. so apparently, cory doesn't own a copy of Prowler in the Yard. what a weak, uninformative review.


xcthc_ 10/23/2004 11:19:40 AM

solo = not anyone from pig destroyer performing it.


Cory_ 10/23/2004 11:46:15 AM

Eh, whatever. That's why it's MY opinion.


moho00_ 10/23/2004 11:58:28 AM

I love this album.


Papertigers_ 10/23/2004 11:59:59 AM

great album, great review


_and__ 10/23/2004 1:22:37 PM

i heard a few songs and didnt download anymore. i was that impressed. maybe i'll listen to it again


buckwheat_ 10/23/2004 1:39:02 PM

awesome album.


yeast infection_ 10/23/2004 3:34:44 PM

I've been really into all of PD's releases, but i have to agree that this album is leaps and bounds ahead for them. "This is beautiful, this is ART". Just ask Matthew Barney


rob_mcfeters_ 10/23/2004 3:48:19 PM

this album is very very good


Chulsky_ 10/23/2004 4:09:48 PM

"relatively unlistenable" = you probably don't even like Assuck, gay.


retch_ 10/23/2004 4:56:01 PM

great cd


thisisforever_ 10/23/2004 6:44:30 PM

shit is f*cking badddd


erik_ 10/23/2004 7:15:41 PM

Didn't PD used to be a grind band? Weak. PD without blast beats is like a favor where you don't get to blow your load all over the chick's face afterwards: fun, but disappointing.


Murph_ 10/23/2004 7:22:24 PM

Great stuff. Just nasty and really fun to listen to. It's up there with the new Today is the Day as a favorite this year.


MermaidThroatfuck_ 10/23/2004 8:06:39 PM

This could be the best heavy record of the year. And there is still a shit ton of blast beats for you crusty whiner kids. I've never heard such a perfect soundtrack for murdering someone and loving every second of it.


rat_ 10/24/2004 4:15:51 AM

im listening to natasha right now


BoG_ 10/24/2004 4:29:26 AM

the songs are great but the guitar sounds too polished. the production on prowler in the yard was a lot better imo


ScottPxDx_ 10/24/2004 1:58:06 PM

OOOH, you don't like our music! boo f*cking hoo. Cry me a river fanboy. We have more talent in our little finger than you do in your whole body. What band do you play for tough guy? huh? probably some bull shit in flames rifoff. gays.


regular_ 10/24/2004 8:58:31 PM

^ this gimmick is getting old fast


xbreed_ 10/24/2004 9:03:55 PM

IF YOU DONT LIKE THIS CD YOU CAN SUCK MY dck AND f*ckING LIKE IT....SAY WHAT EVER YOU WANT THIS CD IS POWERFULL !!!!!


buckwheat_ 10/25/2004 4:03:40 AM

way to f*ck up the gimmick. its supposed to be Joe, not an actual member, and he gave them a good review. putting it on every single f*cking cory review kills it.


BigScaryMonster_ 10/26/2004 10:50:01 PM

great album.


xpissangelx_ 11/13/2004 12:54:28 PM

next time let's not let every time i die fans review grind cds, ge thim the f*ck out of here


Dirk_ 12/6/2006 10:52:03 PM

One of the best albums of the year, right there with DEP and Mastodon. 9/10


killhottopic_ 7/29/2008 2:57:25 AM

No band will ever be able to touch this shit, so f*cking insane