All Pigs Must Die is a veritable super group of musicians from underground bands, consisting of Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge), Matt Woods and Adam Wentworth (Bloodhorse). The band has put out two full lengths (2011’s God Is War and 2013’s Nothing Violates This Nature) that were rip roaring and rage-filled, filled with crust metallic hardcore that was a pure ideal of what angry music should be when one looks at the parts that make the whole. They have since added Brian Izzi of Trap Them to their band, and have a new release titled Hostage Animal.This album is a natural progression for the band, showing off a complete amalgam of the band members influences, combining to create a sum that works very well. It helps to create a sense of unity, with the band’s message clear: this is anger and this is war, and everyone is in it.
This album is killer. A dynamic slab of riffs and anger, screaming vocals and killer drums (Ben Koller….Ben Fucking Koller). The addition of Brian Izzi brings a new found sense of dirtiness and awesomeness, helping to refine the song writing and riffs in to a well honed machine. They practice some slower song writing, and, if you’re a fan of Trap Them, you can hear Izzi’s work that he showed on his former band’s later albums.
The singular styles of each band member works well in a cohesive unit, helping to create a dizzying and unified sound that helps define this band. The album is a perfect display of metallic hardcore and D-Beat with songs that destroy and melt. I could sit here and go on and on about the album and how the songs and the other shit and blah blah blah. Really, what you need to know is that this is the craft of music almost perfected. These guys know how they play, what they are good and and write good music that is worth every second of giving you tinnitus.
The only problem I had, if any at all, was that some songs become homogenized when one isn’t paying attention. This isn’t a bad thing, as the band keeps the rage and hate dialed to 11 and know how to play and write. But, when the attention is not there, everything kind of melds together. But, I’ll take great homogenized music any day than deal with crap. This band will continue to move forward, and not care if anyone likes it, doing their own thing. Trust me, this is a good thing and worth your time, and you should totally check this out.
Label: Southern Lord Records
Release Date: 10/27/2017
Favorite Track: End Without End
For Fans Of: D-Beat, Trap Them, Cursed