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Virginia, USA (1997 – present)

Pig Destroyer is a popular band based in Virginia, USA first formed in 1997. Combining old school grindcore with and elements, Pig Destroyer have pushed the boundaries of the grind genre and gained a large following. Their unique sound is notable for its absence of bass guitar on their studio albums.

The band was formed in 1997 by vocalist J.R. Hayes (former vocalist Enemy Soil) in 1997, guitarist Scott Hull (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Anal Cunt, Japanese Torture Comedy Hour, and more), and drummer John Evans. John Evans was replaced by Brian Harvey in 1998. Blake Harrison joined the band in late 2006 adding noise and samples to the mix and Brian Harvey was replaced by Adam Jarvis in 2011. His cousin John Jarvis joined in late 2013 as the band’s bassist.

The band, in their earlier more ‘politically-charged’ days, had originally wanted to name themselves in protest of law and authority. Believing that “Cop Killer” and “Cop Destroyer” were too obvious in meaning, they eventually settled on “Pig Destroyer” (“pig” being a slang term for the police). Derived from a non-musical source as extreme as the band’s sound, Pig Destroyer’s easily-identifiable logo took form when the emblem from the infamous Answer Me! magazine was disassembled and rearranged.

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  • InSearchOfTruth

    music for pigs.

    26 Jul 8:19pm Reply
  • Divlol

    i gotta poo so bad right now

    9 Jul 2:46am Reply
  • ObackBarama

    Explosions in Ward 6 isn't bad at all wtf

    28 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Oh wait, I misread "fattest" as "fastest". Well, that's a whole lot of text wasted on nothing.

    7 Jun 9:57pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    It's still all about personal preferences mate ;) I generally love a bit slower stuff more, and PD is no exception. It's all about heaviness for me, not speed.

    7 Jun 7:27pm Reply
  • shakedatthang

    'Book Burner' is easily the fastest album; it was recorded after Adam Jarvis joined. The members themselves said they were happy to have someone who can play as fast as their original drummer, John Evans (who was replaced by Brian Harvey from 'Prowler' up to and including 'Phanton Limb') did in the form of Jarvis. That's not to say that Harvey wasn't fast as balls. He was. But as I said, had the recording quality been better (less muddy, tight, clearer high-end), I could've agreed about Terrifyer. I still really like Terrifyer; Verminess is one of their best tunes. But it doesn't live up to its potential.

    7 Jun 2:59pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Interesting opinion, but I disagree. Terrifyer has the fattest and grooviest sound they ever had. And it contains the most volumetric and crushing Pig Destroyer songs so far. There's not a single weak track on this album.

    4 Jun 11:49am Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Terrifyer really suffers from the production value. Music doesn't have to be clean and punchy to sound good. But a lot of the intensity of the music was lost through the production. It almost sounds like a hissy black metal record, which is an aesthetic that has its place. Just not on a band that is as low end heavy as Pig Destroyer. People often refer to them as a grindcore band, but they're really just what the Melvins would sound like if they played at lightning speeds.

    30 May 2:13pm Reply
  • CriticalSwitch

    Prowler In the Yard and Terrifyer are my favourite. Flawless albums. Fucking tasteful band in general.

    22 May 7:34pm Reply
  • metralindol

    they do it waaaay better than angry birds, yep

    20 May 12:41pm Reply
  • shakedatthang

    Been a fan of them for literally 10 years now, and Prowler dominated in my book for the entire time.... until Book Burner came out. Hands down their best record.

    19 May 4:43pm Reply
  • PancakePenguin

    We don't talk about explosions in ward 6

    15 Apr 12:48am Reply
  • MystCall

    Prowler In The Yard.

    4 Apr 2:53am Reply
  • theseasonisours

    please don't

    5 Mar 9:00pm Reply
  • thatkirbydude

    I want to lick your hand

    26 Feb 6:36pm Reply
  • theseasonisours

    i shook jr's hand. suddenly life had new meaning.

    17 Feb 6:21pm Reply
  • methspore

    kicked a lot of ass in seattle last night!!

    11 Jan 11:33am Reply
  • silentbodom91

    I FINALLY GET TO SEE THIS BAND AND IT'S WITH ACXDC AND DESPISE YOU HOLY SHIT GET FUKT EAST COAST ASSHOLES.

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OBOBOBOBOBOB

    Old albums >>> Book Burner no doubt

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • OBOBOBOBOBOB

    Old drummer >>> New drummer

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
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