The typical Pig Destroyer experience.
A six year old girl dances on my ceiling
She might as well be dancing on my grave.
Pig Destroyer is a Grindcore
band from Richmond, Virginia. Their albums are the absolute definition Nightmare Fuel
. Their lyrics can range from politically charged to emotional rants, all wrapped up in the histrionics of sheer, absolute madness and terror. They're known for their short, quick-tempo songs (trademark of the genre) occasionally broken up by longer, doom-spelling verses, and the albums are often littered with stories of absolutely vomit-inducing imagery.
The band gets it's name from the pejorative term for police (pig) and... well, destroying; however, the band says that their name no longer really means anything.
- J.R. Hayes: Vocals
- Scott Hull: Guitar
- Adam Jarvis: Drums
- John Jarvis: Bass
- Blake Harrison: Electronics (sometimes jokingly credited with "Pan Flute")
- Explosions in Ward 6 (1998)
- Prowler in the Yard (2001)
- Terrifyer (2004)
- Phantom Limb (2007)
- Book Burner (2012)
Their music contains examples of:
- A Good Name for a Rock Band: The band came up with the name while waiting in line to get on a roller coaster, as they were killing time by trying to come up with the most stereotypical punk band name they could think of. Two of the names that they tossed around were "Cop Killer" and "Cop Destroyer", but they realized that those were a little too obvious, and so they decided on the ever-so-slightly less obvious "Pig Destroyer" instead.
- Album Intro Track: "Jennifer" on Prowler in the Yard and "Intro" on Terrifyer.
- Anti-Love Song: Most of the songs on Prowler in the Yard and Terrifyer, as well as "Natasha."
- Ax-Crazy: A recurring theme, particularly evident on the album art for ''Prowler in the Yard'
- Body Horror: "Jennifer". Just, EVERYTHING about Jennifer, and it's ending on the extended "Piss Angel".
- Brown Note: Whenever things take a turn for the ambient, expect one of these.
- Careful With That Axe: J.R. Hayes is virtually unparalleled at this.
- Concept Album: Prowler in the Yard has to be one of the most terrifying examples ever. Terrifyer, as well.
- Contemptible Cover: Prowler in the Yard, Terrifyer, and Phantom Limb all have rather NSFW covers.
- Cover Album: The EP Blind, Deaf, and Bleeding, included with special editions of Phantom Limb, consists of covers of various Hardcore Punk songs. The band has recorded several other covers throughout their career as well.
- Creepy Children Singing: "Piss Angel" on Prowler in the Yard closes out the whole album with a few minutes of this over a Drone of Dread. Words can't do justice to how creepy it is.
- Creepy Monotone: "Jennifer" and its reprise on "Piss Angel" are read by an emotionless Microsoft Sam voice to very disquieting effect.
- Drone of Dread: Any of their slower songs are going to have this.
- Eldritch Abomination: Natasha, the titular 'Terrifyer'... whatever the hell she became.
- Epic Rocking: Shows up occasionally, most notably on the one-song EP Natasha.
- Eye Scream: Jennifer wrestled her friend playfully to the ground in front of the snowcone stand and began licking at the girls eyeballs, as if they were sugar cubes.
- Fading into the Next Song: "Thrown violently and suddenly" into the next song would be a more accurate statement.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Again, Natasha and the narrator.
- Gorn: Big time.
- Harsh Vocals
- Mean Character, Nice Actor: Hayes is renowned for his absolutely terrifying vocals; in fact, there have been multiple recorded instances where his mic lost power and the audience still heard him loud and clear. In spite of this, however, he's a very laid-back and mild-mannered person in real life.
- Miniscule Rocking: Most of the band's songs are between one and two minutes long. The shortest are less than twenty seconds.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Typically between 10 and 11, will occasionally dip down to a 6 or 7, only to blast back up to an 11 again.
- Nobody Loves the Bassist: This band didn't even have a bassist until Adam Jarvis's cousin John joined the band in 2013 (that's sixteen years without one). Until the addition of noise-maker Blake Harrison, the instrumentation consisted of just vocals, guitar, and drums.
- Purple Prose: A very well done example. J.R. Hayes' lyrics, while undoubtedly extremely dark and macabre, are surprisingly poetic and eloquent in their own twisted way.
- Religion Rant Song: A few, with "Heathen Temple" being perhaps the most straightforward one.
- Sampling: Mostly from films and TV shows.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Prowler in the Yard is a Sanity Slippage Album.
- Signature Style: A mixture of relatively traditional deathgrind and math-oriented passages involving odd time signatures and abrasive, noise-influenced atmospheric touches, along with frenzied, maniacal shouting for vocals and drums that alternate between ultra-fast blasting and highly complex and technical patterns. Also expect the occasional drone/doom song.
- Something Blues: "Restraining Order Blues", which isn't actually very bluesy-sounding at all.
- Surreal Horror: Almost all of their music.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: When 'the ride won't stop', you realize the song has become about you.
- Uncommon Time