Artist: Pig Destroyer
Title: “Book Burner”
Format: Digital (Spotify)
Blink an eye and miss a track on Pig Destroyer’s “Book Burner,” the Washington, D.C., grindcore group’s ferocious fifth album, burning through 19 tracks in nearly 32 minutes.
J.R. Hayes’ dirty, howled vocals are at their best when his subject matter is darkest, such as “Dirty Knife.” He fumbles in his storytelling on “White Lady” by making sure the listener has no mistake what he means.
Two of the more political efforts from “Book Burner,” “The American’s Head” and the title track, feature the same cold, precise lyrics, but read more as witnessing than insight.
“Book Burner” marks the group’s first album with Adam Jarvis behind the drum kit. His snare snaps are hard to miss, thrashing away on the title track with an appropriate level of messiness.
Several members of Agoraphobic Nosebleed pop in for guest vocals. Larry King makes an unlikely appearance in a recording of himself reading Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer.” This album is worth finding just to hear King say “I will dance over your dirty corpse” with appropriate sinister undertones to modulate his voice.
However, it’s not guests, but power, speed and blunt force that make “Book Burner” catch fire.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.