Pig Destroyer Laid Siege to Churchill's Pub, December 15

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Photo by Paige Place
The night came to a head when Pig Destroyer took the stage in Miami for the first time ever. The show was a fly-in date, and served as essentially the album release party for the critically lauded LP, Bookburner, the band's first in over five years.

The time spent away was well worth the songs unleashed upon that room packed with people and noise. Drummer Adam "Fucking" Jarvis (as he is listed on the band's Facebook) was just in Miami while playing for Misery Index, and though he was great on skins for them, Pig Destroyer's set proved that the band is the burly drummer's true element.

And Pig Destroyer might be the perfect heavy band for Miami, when you consider the city's love of both extreme-metal styles and its large noise-music community. Appropriately, Miami noise legend Rat Bastard was running sound for the night.

So, as swirling, conceptualized noise, provided by a table of effects under the control of Blake Harrison, coalesced with Pig Destroyer's pinch-harmonic-punctuated reports of grind, frontman Jr Hayes flung unhinged bursts of pained vocals at the crowd. People were diving from the stage, the bar, literally from the shoulders of other human beings. The band ripped through tracks from Bookburner, as well as a healthy dose of offerings from other releases.

The room surged for the band's cover of Void's "Who Are You," which was intended to be the final song played. However, another chant for "one more song" brought the innovative grinders back to the stage to terrorize the crowd with fan favorite "Alexandria" and its four-on-the-floor final stomp.

The night ended with more well-deserved gratitude for what Speedfreek does, providing Miami with one-off shows by top billing extreme-metal acts, frequently spending quite a bit of money out of pocket to keep Churchill's full of loud.

Critic's Notebook

Overheard in the Crowd: "That was the best show I've been to all year." - Implosive Disgorgence drummer Erick Feinberg

Random Detail: Playing a table of effects, à la Blake Harrison, is a great idea. The dude didn't have to put his beer down the entire time.

Pig Destroyer's Setlist:
-"Rotten Yellow"
-"Death Tripper"
-"Machete Twins"
-"Scarlett Hourglass"
-"Pretty in Casts"
-"Dark Satellites"
-"Trojan Whore"
-"Sheet Metal Girl"
-"The Bug"
-"Underground Man"
-"Naked Trees"
-"American's Head"
-"Piss Angel"
-"Terrifyer" -"Who Are You"


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Location Info


Churchill's Pub

5501 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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