Pig Destroyer, Phantom Limb

John Doran

By John Doran

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

It's been three years since Pig Destroyer released the claw hammer attack of Terrifier and it is safe to say they've spent that time machine-tooling every aspect of their trademark sound. FX man Blake Harrison has been brought even further to the forefront on Phantom Limb, using eerie field recordings of religious ceremonies and creaking attic doors as Pavlovian triggers to dimly remembered horror movies, amping up the already unbearable tension.

The Virginia trio crafts yet another essential extreme metal artefact.

Sure, they're still without a bass player but this simply means there's nothing to muddy the crystal clarity of the grindcore riffs and hardcore drumming. Elsewhere, singer JR Haynes dedicates his first ever ‘love'song, “Jupiter's Eye,” to his ex. Anyone worried about him going soft, though, should be reassured to note that “Girl in the Slayer Jacket” isn't about a new beau. It instead details a grizzly suicide. Heavier than Godzilla's bollocks and twice as ugly — Pig Destroyer have released another essential extreme metal artefact.