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.
Our coverage here at Nine Circles includes a ton of different bands and subgenres, yet so far it’s been completely void of Pig Destroyer. So for this “Nine Circles ov” list, my aim is to rectify that. To me, there’s no argument: Pig Destroyer rules the grindcore genre, hands down. From the first note I ever heard from the band through the last note of their latest release, Book Burner, they’ve epitomized all things aggressive and devastating. And it’s high time they get their due. Continue reading