Album Reviews: ALL PIGS MUST DIE ‘Hostage Animal’

This time around, APMD unleash a sound that is increasingly brutal yet aesthetically innovative.



Genre: Metal, hardcore
Release Date: October 27, 2017
Number of Tracks: 10
Label: Southern Lord
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Purchase: CD / Vinyl


2017 has seen an influx of supergroups and hyped up album releases. In theory, supergroups sound appealing when a cluster of seasoned musicians come together- some hit or miss. But despite featuring a slew of renowned metal musicians, ALL PIGS MUST DIE, is more than just a stint of “hey let’s put out album.” The group has been around since 2009 and has since released two albums and three EPs. Following 2013’s Nothing Violates This Nature, APMD will drop their third album, Hostage Animal this Friday (10/27) and is a firecracker of sound ranging from explosive blast beats to down-tempo earth shakers. Featuring Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), drummer Ben Koller(Converge), bassist Matt Woods (Bloodhorse), and guitarist Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse), APMD bring a new member to the table. Guitarist Brian Izzi (Trap Them) adds a whole new layer of brutality to an existing jumble of heavy sounds.

The  album’s opener, “Hostage Animals,” is an all out wrath of pummeling blast beats, abrasive guitar-work, and blood curdling vocals. Following suit, the barrelling guitars and brutal vocals of “A Caustic Vision” and “Meditation Of Violence” evoke similarities to Slayer and early Sepultura. The menacing soundscape of “Blood Wet Teeth” and “Slave Morality” is violent and downright sinister. But an underlying progressive entity lurks beneath the savage reign of valiant grooves- which manifests through sporadic, off-kilter riffage and eskew drum intervals. By the time “Heathen Reign” comes around, APMD delve into experimental territory that shifts from mid-tempo to jazzy.

Hostage Animal can’t be categorized as just a metal album. There are too many musical elements that come into play- which can be identified with an attentive ear. But this time around, APMD unleash a sound that is increasingly brutal yet aesthetically innovative.


Listen to “Punk Drunk & Trembling” below:





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