[[caption-width-right:350:The typical Pig Destroyer experience.]]

->''A six year old girl dances on my ceiling\\
She might as well be dancing on my grave.''
-->-- "Gravedancer"

Pig Destroyer is a {{Grindcore}} band from Richmond, Virginia. Their albums are the absolute definition of NightmareFuel. 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.

Current line-up:
* J.R. Hayes - vocals (1997-present)
* Scott Hull - guitars (1997-present)
* Blake Harrison - electronics (sometimes jokingly credited with "Pan Flute") (2006-present)
* Adam Jarvis - drums (2011-present)
* John Jarvis - bass (2013-present)

* ''Explosions in Ward 6'' (1998)
* ''Prowler in the Yard'' (2001)
* ''Terrifyer'' (2004)
* ''Phantom Limb'' (2007)
* ''Book Burner'' (2012)

+ Music/{{Dark Angel}}, Music/{{Slayer}}, Music/{{Melvins}}, Brutal Truth

!! Their music contains examples of:
* AGoodNameForARockBand: 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.
* AlbumIntroTrack: "Jennifer" on ''Prowler in the Yard'' and "Intro" on ''Terrifyer.''
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Their occasional genre detours into doom and sludge metal.
* AntiLoveSong: Most of the songs on ''Prowler in the Yard'' and ''Terrifyer'', as well as "Natasha."
* AxCrazy: A recurring theme, particularly evident on the album art for ''Prowler in the Yard'
* BodyHorror: "Jennifer". Just, EVERYTHING about Jennifer, and it's ending on the extended "Piss Angel" (Jennifer 2 on the 2015 re-release).
* BrokenBird: "The Girl in the Slayer Jacket." [[EmptyShell She had been dead since she was five. She just hadn't disposed of her body.]]
* BrownNote: Whenever things take a turn for the ambient, expect one of these.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: J.R. Hayes is virtually unparalleled at this.
* ConceptAlbum: ''Prowler in the Yard'' has to be one of the most terrifying examples ever. ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Terrifyer]]'', as well.
* ContemptibleCover: ''Prowler in the Yard'', ''Terrifyer'', and ''Phantom Limb'' all have rather NSFW covers.
* CoverAlbum: The EP ''Blind, Deaf, and Bleeding'', included with special editions of ''Phantom Limb'', consists of covers of various HardcorePunk songs. The band has recorded several other covers throughout their career as well.
* CreepyChildrenSinging: "Piss Angel" on ''Prowler in the Yard'' closes out the whole album with a few minutes of this over a DroneOfDread. Words can't do justice to how creepy it is.
* CreepyMonotone: "Jennifer" and its reprise on "Piss Angel" are read by a robotic Microsoft Sam voice to very disquieting effect.
* DroneOfDread: Any of their slower songs are going to have this.
* EatenAlive: [[spoiler: The narrator of ''Natasha'', by the EldritchAbomination that Natasha has become]].
* EldritchAbomination: Natasha, the titular 'Terrifyer'... whatever the hell she became.
* EpicRocking: Shows up occasionally, most notably on the one-song EP ''Natasha'', which is 37 minutes long, longer than most of their actual albums.
* EyeScream: ''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.''
* FateWorseThanDeath: Again, Natasha and the narrator.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Scott
** TheLancer: J.R.
** TheSmartGuy: Blake
** TheBigGuy: Adam
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: John
* GenreShift: "Starbelly" on ''Prowler'' is a long sludge metal track while the extended outro of "Piss Angel" is dark ambient. ''Natasha'' and ''Mass and Volume'' are drone doom.
* {{Gorn}}: The cover art of ''Prowler in the Yard'', which looks like a still from a torture porn movie. Their lyrics don't use this as often as you'd think, being more poetic depictions of extreme psychosis, but the short stories included with the CD booklets for ''Prowler in the Yard'' and ''Terrifyer'' contain some rather graphic violence in them.
* HarshVocals: Hayes has some of the best.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: 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 is a very laid-back and mild-mannered person in real life.
* MetalScream: Type 1
* MinisculeRocking: Most of the band's songs are between one and two minutes long. The shortest are less than twenty seconds.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Typically between 10 and 11, will occasionally dip down to a 6 or 7, only to blast back up to an 11 again.
* MurderBallad: The latter tracks on ''Terrifyer'' and the first heavy section of "Natasha."
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: This band didn't even ''have'' a bassist until Adam Jarvis' 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.
* OneWomanSong: "Jennifer" and "Natasha" are both subversions.
* PurpleProse: A very well done example. J.R. Hayes' lyrics, while dark and macabre, are surprisingly poetic and eloquent in their own twisted way. ''Book Burner'' considerably tones down the gift of gab, however.
* ReligionRantSong: A few, with "Heathen Temple" being perhaps the most straightforward one.
* {{Sampling}}: Mostly from films and TV shows.
* SanitySlippageSong: ''Prowler in the Yard'' is a Sanity Slippage ''Album.''
* ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic: Inverted, like with most extreme metal bands. They make some of the most balls out disturbing music in grindcore, but the band members themselves are all fairly nice, laid back people.
* SiameseTwinSongs: Again, most of the songs on ''Prowler in the Yard'' and ''Terrifyer.''
* SignatureStyle: 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.
* SomethingBlues: "Restraining Order Blues", which isn't actually very bluesy-sounding at all.
* SpecialGuest: Richard Johnson (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) and Kat Katz (ex-Salome, Agoraphobic Nosebleed) did additional vocals on ''Terrifyer'', and Matthew Mills performed the solo on "Towering Flesh" off that same album. [[Music/{{Misery Index}} Jason Netherton]] meanwhile did extra vocals for the song "The Diplomat" from ''Book Burner'', with Johnson and Katz making sporadic appearances on this record too.
* StalkerWithACrush: The narrator of ''Prowler in the Yard'' is this mixed with a CrazyJealousGuy.
* SurrealHorror: Almost all of their lyrics.
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: When 'the ride won't stop', you realize the song has become about you.
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: It'd be easier to list the songs that ''don't'' feature this.
* UncommonTime