Pig Desstroyer - Mass and Volume 01Pig Destroyer. EP. Are you ready for 20 minutes of aggravated, misanthropic deathgrind anthems in the vein of Phantom Limb? Because you’d better not be.

Mass & Volume contains two tracks. It’s about 25 minutes long. Are you starting to see the issue with your anticipation? The issue is that this is not a grindcore EP. For the most part it’s not even a death metal EP. It’s two movements of feedback-laced ambiance and colossal, roaring guitars tearing metal apart and letting the pieces lie.

“Mass” begins peacefully, building a deep meadow of sound with flute- and bassoon- like sounds, deep bass drones and textural feedback. Four minutes pass before we hear from the drums, which welcome giant chord hits with subsequent feedback decay. Ages pass and after Hayes makes his bleak offering to the song a single doom/sludge riff summons itself, ushering in the seven-minute stretch of ambiance and buried samples that play out the massive movement. “Mass” is bizarre and intriguing, but somehow approachable and listenable despite its extreme length. In the realm of expectation, it misses the mark entirely.

Pig Desstroyer - Mass and Volume 02

“Volume” plays out in a more straightforward fashion, but again deviates considerably from the usual tropes of the band and their deathgrind ilk. Yet its sludge-doom crawl somehow reeks of Pig Destroyer with nary a blastbeat to its name. Maybe it’s an extended breakdown. Maybe it’s an intentional foray into a new genre. Or may it’s just a break from the performative rigor of previous Pig Destroyer material. Either way it’s worth your time.

Mass & Volume will both bewilder and please fans when it drops, and for what could have been unreleased material, it’s surprisingly high quality both in composition and recording. Even if you aren’t a fan of Pig Destroyer, don’t pass this EP over.

Rating: 3.0/5.0
DR: 4 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Relapse Records
Websites: PigDestroyerOfficial | Facebook.com/PigDestroyer
Release Dates: EU: 2014.10.13 | NA: 10.14.2104

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  • Lasse Momme

    That sounds… incredibly weird. Not enough of a pig destroyer fan to check this out, but i must commend them on some sweet ass artwork.

    Edit: Also, when is the records o’ the month of september coming out??

    • Realkman666

      We’re just in October, dude.

      • Lasse Momme

        Don’t they usually release albums of the month soon after the end of the month? I’m still pretty new to the site so I’m not sure how their schedule usually is.

        • Realkman666


          • Alex Skevo

            you made me LOL dude….

  • Excentric_1307

    This sounds like a band of a genre I generally have great distaste for have somehow created work that supersedes the sum of the parts. Can a band with (anything)-core create something this interesting and genre defying? I have new hope the answer is “yes”.

    • d3ad13

      Unless I’m misreading your post, it sounds like by automatically dismissing entire genres based on a suffix (core), you are missing out on a lot of great stuff. Napalm Death, Cattle Decapitation, Nasum, Anaal Nathrakh, etc. – all bands possessing traits (if not purely) of grindcore, all doing occasionally genre defying and very interesting stuff.

      If it’s not your thing, then that’s cool, it’s just not your thing. But the all-inclusive blanket label of (anything)-core, insinuating they are incapable of doing anything interesting or genre defying, sounds ignorant.

      • Excentric_1307

        Yep, you’re right, I am essentially dismissing the whole -core genre. The music that I’ve heard that’s been best classified with a -core after it has generally been terrible. Seeing Whitechapel live in support of GWAR did not help to raise my opinion.

        I’ll distill this down: yes, I am ignorant of much of the -core genres at this point. That said, I’ll have a listen for the bands you’ve mentioned there because I do like to try and find new and interesting stuff to listen to.

        • d3ad13

          I do understand your point. I tend to automatically shy away from bands labelled as deathcore or metalcore, or most any kind of -core for that matter, because I have yet to be proven wrong that those types of bands aren’t my cup of tea. I just think grindcore (and grindcore only) should not be lumped in with those types of bands. It’s a very respectable genre full of a LOT of talent.

  • Kim Sørensen

    I just dismiss stuff with a DR 4 value

    • Realkman666

      No shit.

  • Everything I’ve heard from these guys has been incredibly average IMO. Book Burner was just ok. There’s a certain blogger over at MS that will be pounding his pud to this (or anything they do) though.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    The artwork is beautiful, definitely a candidate for cover of the year. Even though I can hear that these guys are really good, I’ve never really enjoyed their records. This seems a curious move by the band. I will be very interested to see what they do next.