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Blessing The Hogs The Twelve Gauge Solution

Blessing The Hogs - The Twelve Gauge Solution
01. Botched Messiah
02. Pretard
03. Let's Play Doctor...Kevorkian
04. That New Car Smell MP3
05. 40 Drops of Marrow
06. Hogleg (Melvins)
07. Chemical Equalizer
08. 18 Rabbit
09. Gh├╝ndt
10. Son Of Sanford
11. Fazer (Quicksand)
12. The Carrier
13. Selficide
2005 Goodfellow Records

Reviewed by: Cory   //   Published: 7/16/2005

Within the metal community, there are certain bands whose complete disregard for current trends and commercial success has cemented their place in the hearts of fans and critics alike. Names like Neurosis, The Melvins, Brutal Truth and Mike Patton have all been responsible for creating milestones in metal's history, and Billy Anderson has been one of the men standing inconspicuosly behind the scenes, producing these artists on some of their most seminal work. After ten years of producing and playing in his own projects, Anderson joined Blessing The Hogs, a band that has drawn influence from all the aforementioned bands and more in their unabashed desire to create sonic devastation.

Fans of the band's previous album, The Poisoning, should at least be partially prepared for The Twelve Gauge Solution. The unrelenting pace and heaviness of this album, coupled with its "thick" sound produce a one-of-a-kind listening experience akin to hearing Mastodon's Remission the very first time. Anderson's production of his own band definitely ranks among his finest work, as each individual piece of this remarkably dense puzzle is clearly distinguishable from the rest.

The disc's eleven original tracks blend thrash, grindcore, rock, sludge and stoner metal, and the hardcore gone metal vocal stylings of Billy Anderson and John Sargentini serve as a fitting complement. Rounding out the disc are two seemingly bizarre (but remarkably executed) covers of Quicksand's "Fazer" and the Melvins' "Hog Leg," both featuring lead vocals by Coalesce's Sean Ingram. As welcome as it was to hear Ingram's voice on a new recording, it did surprise me to hear how similar Anderson's own vocal style was. Regardless, any band capable of pulling off Quicksand, the Melvins and 45 minutes of mind-blowing metal all in the same album are more than OK in my book.

Bottom Line: Simply put, there isn't a moment on The Twelve Gauge Solution when one can doubt the complete sincerity and devotion to the band's artistry. Complex without being overly complicated and brutal without being brainless, Blessing The Hogs have created a work that may someday be regarded as highly as the other landmark albums Anderson himself helped create.

anonymous   posted 4/26/2013 1:38:24 PM
i want to eat pssy and listen to this record, like all day and night. I love me some good tasting pssy and some hogs. f*ck I rule!
anonymous   posted 2/23/2013 10:21:31 AM
Best record i never heard. How did i miss this band? It's totally a sound that will stand through the years. Im a fan! Everyone who likes metal.stoner doom.hardcore.sludge and all that is heavy should buy this cd. Yiu can find the twelve guage on ebay and amazon for cheap. Best investment ever!
screamosdead_   posted 10/13/2009 4:54:25 PM
Holy shit this album is amazing. Botched Messiah just will not stop kicking me in the nuts
anonymous   posted 3/22/2009 9:33:17 AM
This shit literally makes me pissed off. Its that goddamn raw. No scene pssy shit could f*ck with this
ABFY_   posted 7/26/2005 5:33:01 PM
I don't know why dude earlier was talkin shit about breakdowns cause the sample track had like 2, and Yes it did make me want to hear more from these guys.
Oh well he's probably that dude you see at shows with your girlsfriends hair cut, and bitchin cause he got kicked in the face when the stage divin started, and then he starts bitchin cause he gets kicked in the back of the dome cause his dumb ass was standin at the front of the pit not payin attention to what the f*ck is goin on. Douchie Mc

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