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Prowler In the Yard

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Prowler in the Yard is Pig Destroyer's first "real" full-length, coming after a bunch of singles, a split CD (with the band Gnob), and a discography/compilation CD (38 Counts of Battery). It is actually a sort of grindcore equivalent to a rock concept album, at least in terms of the lyrics, which detail the disturbing final thoughts of a stalker parked outside his ex-girlfriend's house. (These lyrics are far less graphic, by the way, than one would expect based on the grisly cover art). Also on the concept front, the album is bookended by a computerized voice narrating an unrelated, but also fairly disturbing, scene involving the same ex-girlfriend. Musically, though, this is an album of straight-ahead, stripped-down grindcore characterized by harsh, shouted vocals and short, relentlessly fast songs. There are a few brief electronic interludes and distorted vocal effects passages, but everything else is done with a basic guitar/drums/vocals lineup (although with some overdubbing in the guitar department). Guitarist Scott Hull (formerly of A.C. and also a member of Agoraphobic Nosebleed) has come up with plenty of great riffs here, such as the breakdown during the Melvins-esque "Starbelly," but the real impressive thing about this disc is just the constant barrage of aggression and intensity. It simply doesn't let up; there are parts where it seems like the energy level and abrasiveness are at a plateau (at the end of "Preacher Crawling," for example), only to rise again to a new level. This is an impressive release that makes a strong case for Pig Destroyer, alongside Discordance Axis and Nasum, as one of the top grindcore bands of the late '90s/early '00s.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Washington D.C.

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Washington, D.C.'s Pig Destroyer combine hardcore with the heaviest of heavy metal, creating one of the most powerful and explosive metallic hybrids to be heard in quite some time. Rising from the ashes of an earlier band, Treblinka, Pig Destroyer were formed at the end of 1997, playing their first show at American University in Washington, D.C. Further shows in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City successfully spread the Pig Destroyer gospel to East Coast metalheads, soon followed by a demo...
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