Album Reviews

Hostage Animal
all pigs must die hostage animal
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 15:00
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When facial scrubs don’t really do it for you, you can always count on the new All Pigs Must Die to completely rip off your face.


It takes them exactly zero seconds to go full-blast on opening track “Hostage Animal” and if you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get the shit beaten out of you by Bruce Lee, JCVD and Steven Seagal (before he got bloaty) simultaneously then this should give you a good idea. It fucking hurts.


That’s what you get when you put Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy), Ben Koller (Converge) and Bloodhorse’s Matt Woods and Adam Wentworth together. And if that wasn’t enough yet, they went and added Trap Them’s Brian Izzi to the line-up to inflict even more harm. I’m not sure if it’s just the addition of Izzi or the realization that the world is truly going to shit in the age of Trump, but All Pigs Must Die somehow managed to sound even more menacing this time around.


The opening trio are the kind of tracks you’ve come to expect from APMD… nasty d-beat/crust punk/hardcore with plenty of metallic crunch. And then they get all doomy and gloomy on you with “Slave Morality” and “End Without End”. Sweet, right? Cause you needed the breather. Well, somehow these songs only allow the band to sink their teeth in even deeper before unleashing hell once again in “Blood Wet Teeth,” which could have just as well been called ‘foaming at the mouth’ seeing as that’s what it sounds like.


If All Pigs Must Die wanted to establish that they are still the most pissed off band around, then mission accomplished. And while they were at it, they also made their best album to date.


Track listing:

  1. Hostage Animal
  2. A Caustic Vision
  3. Meditation of Violence
  4. Slave Morality
  5. End Without End
  6. Blood Wet Teeth
  7. Moral Purge
  8. Cruelty Incarnate
  9. The Whip
  10. Heathen Reign
Tom Dumarey
Tom Dumarey

Lacking the talent to actually play in a band, Tom decided he would write about bands instead. Turns out his writing skills are mediocre at best as well.