Pigsty – Planet of the Pigs

Pigsty – Planet of the Pigs – 4.5/5

I don’t believe for anyone who’s read much of this blog it’s a big leap to realise that Death/Grind is about as far from my ‘normal listening’ as it gets within the metal genre. Whether this means this is a band that have done something really spectacular to catch my attention, or this is only on the cusp of being a part of the genre I am unsure. What I am sure of though is this album has happily been a consistent part of my playlist for a while now, and it still feels as fresh and addictive as it did when I first gave it a spin.

Certainly, this isn’t a band to follow suit with the crowd, an apparent willingness to do things their own way, and the vocals are no different. With the lead spending most of his time performing an energetic mid-ranged rasp, he is assisted by the guitarists in providing high pitched shrieks and the commonly found death grunting. Rather than any individual being particularly adept, the combination that they are far enough back in the mix so as to give the impression they are yelling at the top of their lungs, yielding a powerful sense of aggression, coupled with the frequent interchanges between vocalists giving a chaotic and frantic tone to the proceedings more than compensates.

The drumming is competent, easily heard but rather basic by comparison to the combination of vocals and guitars which steal the show. With a deep sludge-like distortion they provide a machine-gunning of riffs, simplistic yet hard hitting and easily capable of mixing things up. This doesn’t appear to be a band interested in ‘sounding more aggressive’ than what came before it, showing a willingness to slow things down to a – comparatively doom like – crawl, and even provide the odd psychedelic interlude to shake things up, contrasting the more aggressive passages. The bass is more than capable of holding his own during slower sections, and the guitars prove themselves in their all too infrequent solos, proving a flurry of squealing notes to contrast the bass work.

Clocking at 30mins this is a rather short release, but that simply means they have trimmed all the fat. This is an album demonstrating the chaos that can be created without sounding monotonous, layering addictive riff after riff in an ever-changing unrelenting musical assault, and it is one album I have yet to tire of listening to.

Highlights: Inspection Report, Demon Alcohol, Reborn