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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Thank you 1 star reviewers!

I would first like to thank r-smith and the two anonymous users who wrote reviews for this album! Up until I read their well thought out and informed and completely unjudgemental or biased reviews, I had been perfectly content to listen to bands that played fast and hard and weren't simply another cookie cutter radio band! Now that they have enlightened me, I can conform and go listen to completely unoriginal and uninteresting bands like everyone else! Pig Destroyer is one of two grindcore bands that I can listen to an entire album all the way through, the other being Ed Gein. Most grindcore bands, on top of being hard to listen to for a long period of time because of their sheer brutality, also begin to get repetitive after a while. Pig Destroyer, however, manages to keep things interesting by keeping the tracks long enough to actually develop a sound rather than playing a few notes and then ending. Their guitarist actually writes interesting riffs and their drummer can do something other than blast beats (although these do still play a prominent part). Overall, a good album that even metalheads who don't typically listen to this subgenre could get into, and an even better one for those who do.

In 2001, I listened to this album at least once a day

....and also is 2002 and 2003. This album was such a great gamble to take when looking for something new to listen to. As a fan of metal, progression and creativity inside the genre becomes more and more difficult and us, as the metal buying community, are becoming more and more critical of the music that is available to us. With that said, this album simply blows me away. Pig Destroyer sat down to write this album with one intent in mind: to scare the living crap out of the listener. From the creepy opening and closing stories to the chilling feedback that closes off the track Hyperviolet, this album is nothing short of a masterpiece. For each of the first 19 tracks, Pig Destroyer seems to up the intensity and test your expectations as telling where this album will go next is almost impossible. Tight, thrashy, and scary as hell. What more could you want out of a gridcore album?


This isnt really a debate forum but seeing how the pople who wrote negative reviws on this cd obviously have no taste in music because if they did they would easily be able to respect the insane guitar riffs and understand how much talent it takes to be able to have strong vocals like he does and make it sound as good as he does.. the Stamina it takes to be able to keep the crazy tempo with the drumming of this Grind masterpeice is amazing, them being able to compose the music turning all the "noise" as people say into audible seperate stanzas like that of a poem is unreal so before you go trashing music your little minds cant even begin to comprehend actually sit and listen to each componant of the music and imagine what it takes to compose it..... AMAZING CD, is definatly a must buy of any fan of the grind Genre


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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