Artwork by Aaron Turner of Isis fame. Damn! This is good!! Follow his artwork on his personal blog called the Feral Pig.
01. Chaos Arise
03. Primitive Fear
05. Of Suffering
06. Holy Plague
07. Aqim Siege
08. Sacred Nothing
09. Faith Eater
10. Articles Of Human Weakness
I remember talking about this band called All Pigs Must Die to a friend on Facebook Chat, telling him that it is really brutal and crushing and all the other adjectives used to describe music like this, funny thing is he typed on YouTube and instead came up with a soft yet haunting Neofolk song by Death in June. Both of us laughed at this and then I ultimately gave him the link to the title track from their album God is War with which he was indeed very impressed, so was I, but somehow although liking their music I didn’t really follow the band because at that time I was into things that were a lot faster a lot more chaotic, like Grindcore, or early Powerviolence. I am really glad that I am getting the opportunity now because this is seriously something, which is not to be missed.
All pigs must die is a sludge/hardcore band from Massachusetts, their sound can be best described as sludge mixed with hardcore along with some elements of Death Metal. Mostly so in the tremolos which occur in between the primal raw sludge/hardcore carnage, which are very similar to the ones in Swedish and Finnish Death Metal bands like Entombed and Dismember. These can be best exemplified in Chaos Arise, Silencer, Primitive Fear and Aqim Siege, which takes the metal element one step above as the band adds death metal distortion which is matched to medium tempo double bass, a trademark characteristic of old school death metal. Even though there sound is pretty wholesome as it is, the slower tracks like Bloodlines, which starts with a very middle eastern sounding guitar and later evolves into a slow Integrity like Hardcore, and Of suffering which has a very strong funeral doom vibe and in a few other ways reminds me of Triptykon. This lends a a certain charisma to the album, and also offer some breathing space in between all the slaughter.
So when all is said and done, all I can say is All Pigs Must die know exactly what they want to be but don’t shy away from experimenting , yet know what and where their roots are. This is a great album that I thoroughly enjoyed, here’s hoping for more from them in the future.