Updated: Apr 7, 2020
You read that right. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, or Pigsx7 as they will be referred to from now on. It's one Hell of a name and one that already says a lot about the band who own it. There was just nothing else to review today; from the moment that name was on the list of new albums, it was just fate.
The album in question, Viscerals, is not one for a mainstream audience. With shades of Killing Joke, Black Sabbath and also a bit of Clutch, this is 38 minutes of full-on riffage which is Hell bent on setting your speakers on fire. Whether it be the raw power of 'Reducer', the slow prog of 'New Body' (which sounds like a metal record being dragged through sludge), or the more straightforward 'World Crust', Pigsx7 crush it all the way through.
Each song brings something new to the table. Time signatures, song structures, song styles all interchange throughout and the only constant is how raw and heavy it is. For example, the likes of 'Reducer', 'World Crust' and 'Hell's Teeth' would all fit like a charm onto a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game (or Underground for that matter), whereas 'New Body' and 'Halloween Bolson' are much longer, proggier songs that showcase the band's talents on a larger scale.
Viscerals isn't overproduced, far from it; everything sounds like it went straight from the microphones onto the disc. This may or may not be the case, but this type of music doesn't need to be cleaned up and props to the producers for recognising this and not trying to commercialise it in anyway. It's a dirty record and so it should be. The only exception to this lack of production is the vocals, which are heavily laden with reverb and delay whilst being pushed a little back into the mix. They're very slightly drowned out, but this is clearly a stylistic choice and it works beautifully. As brilliant as Matt Baty's performances are, this record thrives on its guitar work.
Good job, then, that the guitar work is sublime. Riffs, riffs and more riffs litter the record, it's a feast for the guitar lover - though it's worth noting that there aren't many solos. Rather, it's all about the rhythm, all about the power chords, all about giving the ears a stereo sizzle. Indeed, whilst listening to this record, it's likely that the guitar work will invoke something of a visceral reaction from you. You will headbang, as it is only natural to do so to such sweet guitars.
This album, the third from Pigsx7, maintains a constant stream of heaviness whilst also ensuring that there's enough variety on it to keep it interesting. It is relentless from start to finish, a sonic plasma rifle, an avalanche of sound. Its seamless blend of industrial, noise-rock and metal, with a pinch of prog added in, guarantees a bloody good time. Viscerals is huge and undoubtedly deserves more recognition than it will get. It is killer, and you need it. Right now.
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