Review: Pig Destroyer’s Book Burner

Pig Destroyer: Book BurnerPig Destroyer: Book Burner (Relapse, 10/23/12)

“The Diplomat”

Pig Destroyer: “The Diplomat”

After five years of relative inertia, Pig Destroyer — flaring up like an incurable Amazonian virus — is back on the books with Book Burner, a 19-track installation of furious, “misanthropic” grindcore that is as violent as it is relentless. Recorded at guitarist Scott Hull’s Visceral Sound Studios, the album hearkens back to Prowler in the Yard with a raw, live sound that waylays studio artifice for aggression.

Members of Misery Index, Agoraphobic Nosebleed, and Drugs of Faith make guest vocal appearances, and the deluxe edition includes a second disc with seven bonus tracks covering songs from the Misfits, Black Flag, Minor Threat, and others on which Pig Destroyer has drawn for influence. Bonus cuts or not, Book Burner is an album worth saving from the fire.

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