Album Review: Pig Destroyer — “The Octagonal Stairway”

Pig Destroyer - The Octagonal Stairway

Grindcore isn’t really a genre where bands are known for taking risks and pushing the envelope, but Pig Destroyer have always been the exception to that generalization.  Mixing whiplash grindcore with thrash riffs, doom atmosphere, harsh noise, thoughtful lyrics and smart songwriting, all while staying true to grind’s fast and furious structure might seem like a challenge but they’ve always made it seem like second nature.  This is no less true on the band’s upcoming EP The Octagonal Stairway, which sees them take their newly (relatively) expanded lineup and hone the edges into a razor sharp focus.

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Donuts & CANTO: Oranssi Pazuzu, Enslaved, Cavalera Conspiracy and more!

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Oranssi Pazuzu

May 24, 2017

Good morning, it’s time to metal. Here’s some news you might have missed from yesterday:

    • Leading off, I’m super pumped because I’ll be seeing Oranssi Pazuzu at MDF this weekend. If you don’t have plans to go to MDF this weekend, but do live in the New York City area, you’re in luck: the band announced a show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus. Get on it.

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The Nine Circles Podcast: Episode 36


Oh hey, did you all miss us? Well, we’re back at last with a new episode! This week, the guys discuss news from AC/DC and Sepultura, and dig into albums from CobaltAmon Amarth and more. Plus, a celebration of the mercurial Syracuse Orange basketball team’s run to the Final Four of the 2016 NCAA Tournament!

All that and much, much more in Episode 36, so check it out!

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Throwback Thursday: Happy 44th, Igor Cavalera!

So with yesterday being the 30th anniversary of Iron Maiden’s Powerslave, I agonized over whether to devote today’s edition of Throwback Thursday to one of the many classic tracks from that album. But ultimately, your social media timelines are being inundated with #tbt‘s today–not #tbw‘s–and dammit, we’re a blog of integrity here at Horns Up. (Ha. Okay, we’re a blog of integrity on occasion, at least.) So…sorry, Maiden. We’ll get ya next year when Powerslave turns…31. Bleh.

But fortunately, there was a nice fix to this conundrum, and it came in the form of today being longtime Sepultura / Cavalera Conspiracy drummer Igor Cavalera’s 44th birthday! Hooray! Now there’s a #tbt we can get behind! In honor of the skinsman’s special day, here’s a look back at a classic track that just hit drinking age itself earlier this week–the live staple “Territory,” from 1993’s Chaos A.D.

Aww, look at that–always warms the heart to revisit less-overweight and less-hoboriffic Max Cavalera moments. Even if this one is, ostensibly, meant to pay tribute to his brother. Either way, great tune that remains one of my favorite Sepultura songs to this day. That’ll do it for this week’s #tbt. Send us yours and make sure to check back later today for Quickies!


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